Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union on the resumption of the Sudanese Peace Negotiations

Subject: Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union on the resumption of the Sudanese Peace Negotiations

Policy area: General Affairs and External Relations

News item: CFSP statements

The European Union welcomes the fact that the government of Sudan and the SPLM/A have resumed peace negotiations today, 14 October 2002. In particular the European Union welcomes the announcement that both parties have agreed to a cessation of hostilities in all areas following the signature of a memorandum of understanding.

The European Union calls on all parties to take necessary measures to facilitate the peace negotiations and to work actively towards the settlement of a just and viable peace.

The European Union expresses its full and continued support for the IGAD peace process, Kenya's facilitative role therein and those external partners who play a crucial role in the process.

The European Union reiterates its readiness to give strong support to a peace agreement and accompany Sudan on a path of peace consolidation.

The Central and Eastern European countries associated with the European Union, the associated countries Cyprus, Malta and Turkey, and the EFTA countries, members of the European Economic Area, align themselves with this declaration.

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