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China's envoy urges Sudan, South Sudan to exercise self-restraint, resolve outstanding issues through dialogue

12-09-2011 08:30 BJT

KHARTOUM, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- China's Special Envoy for African Affairs Liu Guijin has urged Sudan and South Sudan to exercise self-restraint and work to resolve the outstanding issues between them through dialogue and negotiations.

"China will work with the two parties and other parties to resolve the differences as soon as possible and achieve cordial neighborliness between the two countries that stands on mutual interests," Liu said during talks he held in Juba, capital of South Sudan, with South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit and ministers of foreign affairs and international cooperation.

According to a statement by the Chinese embassy in South Sudan, a copy of which was obtained by Xinhua, the Chinese envoy expressed China's appreciation for South Sudan's adherence to the peace option and resolution of the outstanding issues through dialogue.

"South Sudan is a newly born state and preservation of peace, dealing with Sudan and developing cordial relations with it is in the interest of all concerned parties including South Sudan," Liu said.

South Sudan officials have expressed their commitment to resolve the differences with Sudan through peaceful means and vowed that the south would not be the party which further complicates the situations, according to the statement.

The statement added that South Sudan officials also expressed hope that China would play a bigger role to boost the peaceful negotiations between North and South Sudan to resolve the outstanding issues, and welcomed the visit of China's Special Envoy for African Affairs.

Liu visited South Sudan state during December 7-8 where he held talks with South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit, Foreign Minister Danial Deng, Minister of International Cooperation Deng Alor and Minister of Petroleum Stephen Dhieu Dau.

The Chinese envoy's visit to Sudan and South Sudan comes as part of China's endeavors to push the two sides to end differences relating to sharing the oil resources produced in South Sudan and exported via Sudan's pipelines.

Khartoum earlier indicated it would stop South Sudan's oil exports through the Sudanese territories if South Sudan failed to pay the oil exports' transit fees.

Sudan and South Sudan are expected to resume the talks between them in Addis Ababa in about a week to settle a number of outstanding issues including the oil file.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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