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Sudan: Ban Ki-moon concerned at SPLM suspension of participation in Government

12 October 2007 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today voiced concern about the decision by the Sudan People's Liberation Movement to suspend its participation in the Government of National Unity.

In a statement released by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban also called on both parties to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) to “resolve the situation in a manner that preserves the integrity of the Agreement.”

He urged the parties, particularly the National Congress Party, “to urgently take the necessary steps to address the outstanding issues related to the implementation of the CPA,” the spokesperson said, pledging the UN's readiness to help accelerate progress, restore the necessary trust between them and keep the CPA on track.

Struck on 9 January 2005, the CPA ended a 21-year civil war between North and South Sudan. The UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) is now deployed to monitor compliance with the accord.

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