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Vol 54 No 3

Published 1st February 2013


Losing ground at the AU

Despite the NCP’s intense efforts to court African governments, the African Union starts to pressure Khartoum

The growing seriousness of the disputes between the Khartoum and Juba governments was clear at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa when Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan convened an impromptu meeting on the crisis on 27 January. Around the table were Jonathan, South African President Jacob Zuma, Côte d’Ivoire’s President Alassane Ouattara and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. Asked to join them were Sudan’s President Omer Hassan Ahmed el Beshir and South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit, who are yet to reach agreement on two outstanding issues: the referendum in Abyei and the status of other disputed and claimed border areas. Both have political and strategic importance for Juba and Khartoum and both involve oil reserves.

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