Ban Ki-moon welcomes Sudan, South Sudan treaty
14 February 2012, 16:08
New York – The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday hailed the
signing of a treaty of non-aggression between Sudan and South Sudan over
their disputed border.
Ban "welcomes the signing of a memorandum
of understanding on non-aggression and co-operation between the
governments of Sudan and South Sudan in Addis Ababa on 10 February
2012", a UN statement said.
The UN chief "urges both governments to maintain the positive spirit that led to the signature... and abide by its provisions".
neighbouring nations were in African Union-led negotiations on Friday
in Addis Ababa. According to the pact, the two sides agreed to have
"respect for each other's sovereignty and territorial integrity" and to
"refrain from launching any attack, including bombardment".
Border tensions have mounted since South Sudan split from Sudan in July, becoming the world's newest nation.
between the two former civil war foes have been marred by eruptions of
violence along the border, including in the contested Abyei and Blue
South Sudan took three quarters of Sudan's oil when
it gained independence, but all pipeline and export facilities are
controlled by the north. Last month, the South halted oil production
after Juba accused Khartoum of stealing $815m worth of crude oil.