Asmara, 22 April 2010

President Isaias Afwerki called on all concerned parties to work closely with the two main partners namely the National Congress Party and the SPLM so that the forthcoming referendum in South Sudan could lead to peace and stability in Sudan in general and South Sudan in particular.

The President made the remarks today at the Denden Hall when he received and held talks with the African Union Liaison Office in Sudan headed by former South African President Thabo Mbeki,
that also includes ex-President of Burundi, Mr. Pierre Buyoya.

In the meeting, the delegation briefed President Isaias on the tasks the Liaison Office accomplished in Sudan and the implementation process of the comprehensive Sudanese peace agreement, as well as the activities it has been carrying out towards promoting peace in Darfur.

The President on his part expressed appreciation to the AU Liaison Office in Sudan for visiting Eritrea to hear the views of neighboring countries. He further underlined the need for neighboring countries and parties keen to promote peace and stability in Sudan to make due contribution in reinforcing Sudanese endeavors, although the entire Sudanese people and the two concerned partners bear the main responsibility to this end.