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Chinese envoy: Preserving peace, stability in the interest of Sudan, South Sudan

12-11-2011 17:53 BJT

KHARTOUM, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- China's Special Envoy for African Affairs Liu Guijin has said that preserving peace and stability between Sudan and South Sudan is in the interest of the two countries and China encourages them to stick to the peaceful option, the Chinese embassy in Khartoum said Sunday.

The Chinese envoy held talks with Sudanese First Vice-President Ali Osman Mohamed Taha in Khartoum on Saturday and they exchanged viewpoints regarding the current situation between Sudan and South Sudan.

According to a statement issued by the Chinese embassy in Khartoum, Liu said that "Sudan and South Sudan are neighbor countries and preservation of peace and stability between them is in the interest of both sides."

"China encourages the two parties to stick to the peaceful option, adopt active procedures to avoid further escalation and resolve the difference through dialogue and negotiations," he added.

"China believes that the two countries' leaders are capable of resolving the current issues," he said.

The envoy expressed worry over the escalation on the border areas between Sudan and South Sudan, the two countries' failure in negotiations to achieve any tangible progress, and their difference over the oil issue.

"The international community, including China, expresses concern towards these developments," said Liu.

For his part, Sudanese First Vice-President Taha expressed his appreciation of the efforts being made by China to push the peaceful endeavors between Sudan and South Sudan, saying that " China is a real friend to Sudan," according to the statement.

Taha reiterated that Sudan would positively deal with the mediation efforts of the international community and expressed his country's hope that China would play a positive role to push the efforts to resolve the outstanding issues.

Liu arrived in Khartoum on Thursday after visiting Juba, capital of South Sudan, where he held similar talks with South Sudan's officials, including 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 came as part of China's endeavors to push the two sides to end their difference in the sharing of oil resources produced in South Sudan and exported via Sudan's pipelines.

Khartoum earlier indicated that 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 their talks in Addis Ababa in about a week to settle a number of outstanding issues, including the oil dispute.


Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: Xinhua

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