Communiqué: High Level Meeting on Sudan

New York, NY
September 24, 2010


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High-Level Meeting on Sudan

24 September 2010

1. On 24 September 2010, the United Nations Secretary-General convened a high-level meeting on Sudan to mobilise international support for the Sudanese parties’ full and timely implementation of the final phase of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), including the referenda on the self-determination of the people of Southern Sudan and on the status of Abyei, and for the peace processes for Darfur and Eastern Sudan. A list of participants is here attached.

2. The participants recognised the CPA parties’ commitment to the Sudanese peace process and welcomed the progress they have made in addressing complex issues under difficult circumstances over the past five years.

3. While working to make unity attractive and recognising the right to self-determination of the people of Southern Sudan, the CPA parties expressed strong commitment to make all efforts to ensure peaceful, credible, timely, and free referenda that reflect the will of the Sudanese people of these areas, as provided for in the CPA. They further committed to overcome the remaining political and technical challenges and to ensure the referenda are held on 9 January 2011, as stipulated in the CPA. The CPA parties reiterated their primary responsibility for successful CPA implementation and thanked the international community for its support.

4. The participants voiced strong support to both CPA parties and confirmed their commitment to respect the outcome of credible referenda and to assist the Sudanese achieve sustainable peace throughout Sudan in the post-referenda period. They noted the delays in the preparations for the referenda and called for the urgent establishment of the Abyei Referendum Commission and for the acceleration of the work of the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission. They expressed willingness to assist the joint efforts by the parties to expedite these processes.

5. The CPA parties recognised that, regardless of the outcome of the referenda, their relationship will remain essential for managing the transition process, implementing the post-referenda arrangements, and maintaining peace and prosperity in the region. In this regard, the participants welcomed the CPA parties’ commitment to resolve as a matter of urgency critical post-referenda arrangements – including border management, security, citizenship, migration issues, debts, assets and natural resources – while also putting in place a framework to resolve all outstanding CPA issues in a peaceful, mutually beneficial manner, as agreed in Mekelle, Ethiopia on 23 June 2010.

6. Participants also stressed the importance of inclusive, timely and credible popular consultations processes in Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan States, in accordance with the CPA. They committed to support these processes.

7. The participants welcomed the United Nations’ provision of technical and logistical assistance to the CPA parties’ referenda preparations, particularly the key support role played by the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS). Participants also expressed support for the United Nations Secretary-General’s Panel on the Referenda in Sudan and committed themselves to work with the Panel to ensure its impartiality, independence and effectiveness.

8. Participants welcomed the work of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel, working in close coordination with UNMIS, to provide a forum for the CPA parties to comprehensively resolve post-referenda issues. Participants also welcomed the support of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the Arab League, and the Organisation of Islamic Conference, and other regional and international partners of Sudan.

9. The humanitarian situation in Southern Sudan was of particular concern in the meeting and participants agreed that adequate international funding was necessary to alleviate the suffering of the affected populations in the coming year. Participants also highlighted the urgent need to assist Southern Sudan develop its governance capacities, in order to ensure functioning, accountable institutions regardless of the outcome of the Southern Sudan referendum. They welcomed the meeting held in Brussels on 17 September, in which the Government of Southern Sudan put forward a framework to address the immediate functional priorities in the South.

10. Participants welcomed efforts to reach a comprehensive, inclusive solution to the conflict in Darfur and the 20 September 2010 announcement of a preliminary draft peace document to be further discussed by the parties in Doha. They expressed support for the work of the Joint Darfur Mediator and the Government of Qatar and welcomed the engagement of the Government of Sudan, the Liberation and Justice Movement and civil society in the process. Participants urged all armed movements that continue to abstain from the peace process to join without preconditions or further delays.

11. Participants expressed support for the principles guiding the Doha negotiations, including a ceasefire and other security arrangements, including the integration of armed elements into Government security institutions, greater authority for Darfur, fair representation of Darfurians at all levels of Government, and other provisions to ensure adequate compensation, justice, reconciliation, wealth-sharing and economic development in the region.

12. Participants voiced concern about the security situation in Darfur, including clashes between armed forces and groups, attacks on peacekeeping and humanitarian personnel and civilians. In this context, they appreciated the Government of Sudan’s approval of a new strategy for Darfur and noted the role it could play, within humanitarian principles, towards a comprehensive solution to the conflict in Darfur. They called on all parties to immediately cease hostilities and allow unrestricted freedom of movement and access to UNAMID and the humanitarian community throughout Darfur. Participants welcomed commitments by the Government of Sudan to end impunity, bring all perpetrators of crimes to justice and protect civilians in Darfur, and reiterated the international community’s readiness to work with the Government to effectively implement these commitments, including the Government's effort to establish partnerships with local and international communities. Participants reiterated their strong support for UNAMID, particularly its mandate giving priority to the protection of civilians and facilitating humanitarian delivery, as well as the priority given to UNAMID's continuing efforts to promote the engagement of all Darfurian stakeholders in support of and to complement the AU-UN political process in Darfur. They took note of relevant Security Council resolutions and the need to support efforts to halt illegal arms flows into Darfur.

13. On Eastern Sudan, participants noted progress on the Eastern Sudan Peace Agreement and highlighted the need to finalise implementation of the provisions regarding rehabilitation, recovery and development, and expressed support for donor investment in Eastern Sudan, including through the Eastern Sudan International Conference in Kuwait in December 2010.

14. Participants expressed appreciation for the work of IGAD in brokering the CPA, with the support of other regional and international partners of Sudan, including the African Union and the United Nations. Participants committed to empower and support the CPA parties as they complete implementation of the CPA, resolve post-referenda arrangements, and work to achieve sustainable peace throughout Sudan in the post-referenda period.

15. Finally, while the referendum on the self-determination of the people of Southern Sudan is an important benchmark of the CPA, participants stressed that it does not mark the end of the CPA parties’ obligations to work together for a peaceful transition. The core objective of the international community and all stakeholders in Sudan is the peaceful coexistence of the people of Sudan, democratic governance, accountability, equality, respect, justice and establishment of the conditions for conflict-affected communities to build strong, sustainable livelihoods.

United Nations Headquarters
New York - 24 September 2010

List of participants

H.E. Mourad Madelci
Foreign Minister

H.E. Michael Spindelegger
Foreign Minist

Bosnia Herzegovina 
H.E. Haris Silajdzic

H.E. Celso Amorim
Minister of External Relations

H.E. Lawrence Cannon
Minister of Foreign Affairs

H.E. Moussa Faki
Foreign Minister

H.E. Zhai Jun
Vice Foreign Minister

H.E. Lene Espersen
Deputy Prime Minister

H.E Ahmed Abul Gheit
Foreign Minister

H.E. Meles Zenawi
Prime Minister

H.E. Bernard Kouchner
Foreign Minister

H.E. Ali-Ben Bongo Ondimba

H.E. Guido Westerwelle
Deputy Chancellor/Foreign Minister

H.E. S.M. Krishna
Foreign Minister

H.E. Franco Frattini
Minister of Foreign Affairs

H.E. Seiji Maehara
Foreign Minister

H.E. Mwai Kibaki

H.E. Michel Sleiman

H.E. Musa A. Kousa
Secretary of the General People’s Committee for Foreign Liaison and International Cooperation (Foreign Minister)

H.E. Bingu wa Mutharika

H.E. Claude Heller
Permanent Representative to the United Nations

H.E. Jan Peter Balkenende
Prime Minister

H.E. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

H.E. Jonas Gahr Stoere
Foreign Minister

H.E. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani
Emir (Head of State)

Russian Federation 
H.E. Sergey Lavrov
Foreign Minister

H.E. Paul Kagame

South Africa 
H.E. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane
Minister of International Relations and Cooperation


NCP Delegation
H.E. Ali Osman Taha
Vice-President of the Government of Sudan

SPLM Delegation
H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit
First Vice-President of the Government of Sudan, Chairperson of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement

H.E. Carl Bildt
Minister of Foreign Affairs

H.E. Ahmet Davutoğlu
Foreign Minister

H.E. Yoweri Museveni

United Kingdom 
H.E. Nick Clegg
Deputy Prime Minister

United States 
H.E. Barack Obama

African Union Commission
H.E. Jean Ping

African Union High-Level Panel
H.E. Thabo Mbeki

Assessment and Evaluation Commission 
H.E. Derek Plumbly

European Union 
H.E. Catherine Ashton
High Representative

League of Arab States 
H.E. Amre Moussa

Secretary-General’s Panel on the Referendum 

H.E. Benjamin Mkapa, Chairperson

Mr. Antonio Monteiro, Panel Member

Mr. Bhojraj Pokharel, Panel Member

Organization of Islamic Conference

H.E. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu
Secretary General

World Bank 
Ms. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Managing Director

Second Row
Mr. Nambiar
Mr. Kym
Mr. Haysom
Mr. Pascoe (USG DPA)
Mr. Le Roy (USG DPKO)
Mr. Deng (SRSG)
Mr. Khare (ASG DPKO)
Ms. Alsoswa (ASG UNDP)
Ms. Amos (USG OCHA)
Ms. Pillay (USG OHCHR)
Mr. Guterres (USG UNHCR)
Mr. Lake (Executive Director UNICEF)
Ms. Sheeran (Executive Director WFP)
Mr. Menkerios (SRSG UNMIS)
Mr. Gambari (JSR UNAMID)
Mr. Bassolé (JCM JMST)
Mr. Titov (ASG OROLSI)
Ms. Carey (Director, Africa Division 1)
Mr. Christofides (Team Leader, Sudan IOT)
Adam Day (note taker)