Statement of the Chairperson of the African Union Ministerial
Post Conflict Reconstruction Committee on the Sudan: Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma
at the Oslo Donors Conference, 11 - 12 April 2005
CHAIR OF THIS AUGUST INTERNATIONAL
CONFERENCE ON THE SUDAN,
MS HILDE F JOHNSON,
THE VICE PRESIDENT OF SUDAN,
MR ALI OSMAN TAHA,
THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SPLM, DR JOHN GARANG de MABIOR,
DISTINGUISHED LADIES AND GENTLEMEN
On behalf of the African
Union, as the chairperson of the post conflict reconstruction Ministerial Committee
of the Sudan, I take this opportunity to thank the Kingdom and people of Norway
for hosting this historic international donors conference on the Sudan. Allow
me, Chair, to recognise the international partners present here today, for their
continued solidarity and support to the Sudan peace process. We will obviously
count on them in Sudan's efforts to reconstruct and develop her economy and infrastructure.
This support and solidarity is particularly needed in the South and the other
war affected areas.
The African Union would like to commend both the Government
of Sudan and the Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement, working with international
partners, for taking this process a step forward by jointly articulating their
reconstruction and development needs. This process will contribute toward the
consolidation of peace and tackling the challenges that lie ahead.
and development of the Sudan poses political and socio-economic challenges for
the Sudan and the region. These challenges can only be confronted squarely if
there continues to be strong political will and commitment of all involved, especially
the Sudanese themselves.
The African Union, in establishing this committee
on post conflict reconstruction of Sudan as whose Chair we address you today,
took a conscious decision to accompany the Sudanese in their long journey towards
sustainable peace and development, and to provide them with the political support
necessary to realise their efforts. This Committee, comprising of Algeria, Egypt,
Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and the Sudan, stands ready to meet even
at the highest level if necessary, to ensure that the implementation of commitments
contained in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and avails itself to assist in
resolving whatever bottlenecks that may arise.
A visit to the south and
the war affected areas of the Sudan as we have recently undertaken, and a close
reading of the report of the Joint Assessment Mission will leave no one in doubt
of how enormous and complex are Sudan's developmental needs. Evidently Sudan's
past political, economic and structural rigidities have resulted in deep cycles
of underdevelopment, poverty and wide spread incidence of disease. In the coming
years, the Sudan will need to mobilise all its available resources, and these
are not negligible, in order to face these accumulated challenges. This huge gathering
in this hall today signifies that the international community as whole recognises
the enormity of the challenges, which the Sudan should not be left to face alone.
In the course of today and tomorrow we shall hear mind-boggling facts and
figures about the Sudan. We shall be told of the statistics on poor health care,
lack of education short life expectancy, food and water shortages and non-existent
or decaying infrastructure. We shall be reminded of the fragility of peace in
the Sudan and the interdependence of peace and development. Indeed we shall be
reminded that peace can not be delivered peace meal to the Sudan, Sudan needs
and must have comprehensive peace, peace in the south, peace in Darfur, and peace
in the everywhere.
The African Union recognises the inevitable need for
its Member States, though themselves poor and beset by challenges almost as daunting
as Sudan's to embrace our duty to fully assist our Sudanese brothers and Sisters
in the tasks ahead. The African Union is committed to making a contribution in
areas where we can add value based on our principles and approach and comparative
advantages, capacities, and in line with our vision of promoting peace, unity,
democracy and development on our continent.
In this regard, we will closely
consider the JAM report which contains detailed projects as agreed to by the Sudanese
parties themselves. We shall particularly focus Africa's response to areas such
as capacity building, infrastructure programmes, institutional and political transformation.
To these efforts we shall mobilise African resources towards the implementations
of the identified quick impact projects.
We also urge the continued and
strong international support for the successful implementation the agreement and
to efforts towards lasting peace in the whole of the Sudan. To enable the Sudan
hold her end of the development deal, there is an urgent need to free and unlock
her national resources. To this end we call for the cancellation of debt and the
lifting of all trade and economic sanctions against the Sudan.
while recognising the ever-growing competing world wide challenges confronting
mankind today, the African Union, nonetheless, calls on the international community
to continue working with the Sudanese people for the successful implementation
of the CPA with the same determination and resolve that helped bring about the
Africa appeals for concrete, focused and time-bound response
from this Conference for the successful implementation of the peace agreement
to achieve a lasting solution to the myriad of problems in the Sudan.
by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 - 990 4853
C/o Department of Foreign Affairs
11 April 2005