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Declaration of the Presidency on behalf of the European Union on the third anniversary of the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement for Sudan on 9 January 2005

On the occasion of the third anniversary of the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) the European Union wishes to express its recognition of this important instrument.

The CPA stands out as a historic achievement of the people of Sudan. It brought more than two decades of civil war to an end. With its provisions for a peaceful and democratic transformation it marks the way forward for the whole of Sudan.

The European Union is convinced that the partners in the Government of National Unity are capable of demonstrating leadership by peacefully turning challenges and obstacles into opportunities and of reinforcing the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in a spirit of mutual trust, respect and commitment.

The European Union encourages the National Congress Party and the Sudanese

People's Liberation Movement to work together to achieve the objectives of the CPA keeping in mind that the achievement of a peaceful, democratic, prosperous and united Sudan - in which all people can live together in freedom, without discrimination and with full respect for their rights - goes beyond the relations between the North and the South of Sudan.

The European Union attaches great importance to the Assessment and Evaluation Commission (AEC), as the main vehicle for monitoring and promoting CPA implementation. The AEC is an important mechanism for dialogue between the parties and some of the key international partners to the CPA. The European Union would like to underline its commitment to further strengthen the role of the AEC in ensuring full implementation of the CPA.

Progress in the implementation of the Eastern Peace Agreement remains important and efforts to find a peaceful settlement to the conflict in Darfur must be reinforced.

Indeed, with regard to Darfur, all responsible parties must commit themselves to respect an immediate cessation of hostilities and to engage in a renewed serious engagement in political negotiations. The role of UNAMID is essential and all efforts are needed to fully deploy this mission. Full and secure humanitarian access has to be respected in order to meet the needs of the people of Darfur.

The Comprehensive Peace Agreement embodies the perspective of a peaceful, stable and prosperous Sudan, fundamental for the country as a whole - and for the wider region. The European Union expects the parties to live up to their mutual obligations as expressed in the CPA.

The European Union will remain a committed partner in support of the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement as well in all efforts to bring peace and development to the people of Sudan.

The Candidate Countries Turkey, Croatia* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia align themselves with this declaration.

* Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.


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Date: 11.01.2008