Sudan refuses UN chief's report

The Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) dismissed as "unjustified" a recent report by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon over the implementation of the 2005Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in southern Sudan.

Sudan refuses UN chief's report
The Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) dismissed as "unjustified" a recent report by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon over the implementation of the 2005Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in southern Sudan.

The SAF said in a statement that Ban's criticism in his report to the UN Security Council against the SAF without mentioning its partner, the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM), was "unjustified."

In the report, Ban expressed concern that the SAF had not finished before the deadline the implementation of a key item of the CPA, which the Sudanese government and the former rebel SPLM signed in January 2005 to end a 21-year civil war between them.

"The important deadline of 9 July 2007, intended to mark the full redeployment of SAF to the north of the 1956 boundary line, was not met," Ban said in the report published on Wednesday.

"I call upon SAF immediately to remove all remaining regular elements from Southern Sudan, with the exception of those earmarked for joint integration units," the UN chief added.

SAF stressed that it was carrying out the redeployment in southern Sudan more quickly than SPLM, noting that the latter had not been condemned despite the delay.

"UN observers registered in their latest meeting that SAF had completed 87.5 percent of its redeployment stipulated by the CPA,"SAF said in its statement.

"But the UN still condemned SAF without mentioning SPLM although SPLM has implemented only 6.9 percent of what had been agreed according to the most recent statistics," the statement said.

"The unjustified denouncement made by the UN chief against SAF will certainly worsen the credibility of its equal treatment for its affiliates," it added.

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Last Mod: 27 Ağustos 2007, 11:19
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