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US "disappointed" over lack of progress in Sudan, South Sudan pact.

| WASHINGTON, Jan 23 (KUNA) --The US "remains disappointed" that the governments of Sudan and South Sudan have failed to make significant progress to implement the September 27 agreements despite a recommitment to implementation by presidents Bashir and Kiir of Sudan and South Sudan, the State Department said on Tuesday night.

"Specifically, the government of Sudan's intent to postpone the restart of oil production until the implementation of security arrangements completely runs counter to the fundamental principles of the cooperation accord and continues to undermine the economic and security situation in both states," said the statement from department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.

"Continued delay in resolving outstanding issues, particularly in accepting and implementing the African Union-endorsed proposal on the final status of the disputed region of Abyei, further undermines the peace process." The government of Sudan continues to suggest its fundamental security interests must be guaranteed in order to move forward on implementing the September 27 agreements and resolving the conflict in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile ("Two Areas"), Nuland said.

"However, security will only come if Sudan cooperates with South Sudan and begins direct talks with the SPLM-N to address the Two Areas conflict," she said. "Lack of resolution on this issue prevents normalized relations between Sudan and South Sudan and compounds the current human rights and humanitarian emergency." The African Union and United Nations must stand firm and demand that the parties urgently uphold their commitments to avert this threat to regional peace and stability, she said. (end) rm.asa KUNA 230931 Jan 13NNNN

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