Government Delegation: Negotiation is "Give and Take" Process. Agreement is Satisfactory for both Parties and Allows Cooperation
Khartoum, Aug. 5 (SUNA) - The government delegation for the post-separation negotiation between Sudan and South Sudan State announced that the two countries have reached a full agreement on the issue of oil and the relevant payments, under auspices of the chairman of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel for Sudan, Thabo Mbeki. A statement issues by the government delegation indicated that mutual exemption on the petroleum due payments was conducted by the two countries in the past period, explaining that the agreement is composed of two parts: the first deals with interim payments that are based on the agreed upon principle between the two parties and the AU High-Level Implementation Panel that there shall be a interim period of 3 1/2 years, during which Sudan and South Sudan shall be of mutual viability for growth and viability. The statement went on to explain that the two parties underscored their recent agreement on the foreign debts issue - that two countries shall work, via a joint formula, to address the debtors for writing off their foreign debts, and that the two countries are to exert joint efforts for lifting the unilateral economic sanctions on Sudan. According to the delegation's statement these steps are aimed to reduce the negative impact on Sudan economy during the interim period that resulted from stoppage of the revenues of the oil produced in South Sudan, and in the same time to enable South Sudan to build the newly-born state and to improve its basic services. The statement, a copy of which was received by SUNA, explained that the second part of the agreement: deals with the sovereignty transit fee, besides the fees of services that include the central processing at Heglig and Jabalain, the transport through the oil pipeline as well as the exportation port fees. The government delegation hoped that this agreement will pave the way for a comprehensive agreement on the remaining issues, especially the security arrangements that will lead to a secure border between the two countries and the easy flow of oil, trade, commodities and the movement of the citizens across the joint border. The government delegation explained it view that this agreement is satisfactory for the two countries and based on (win - win situation), adding that the negotiation process shall be viewed "give - and - take" process.