U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs, issued the following statement after the announcement that Sudan and South Sudan have signed an agreement on several issues between the two countries.
"The agreement signed today between Sudan and South Sudan to resolve critically important security, oil, financial, nationality, border, and trade issues is welcome news to all of us committed to stability in the region. This agreement represents a historic step away from conflict and toward a more peaceful and prosperous future for both of these countries. I applaud the African Union for its role in facilitating an agreement through its High-Level Implementation Panel, and President Mbeki should be recognized for his persistent leadership on this issue. I am pleased that both countries also committed to continue negotiating, and the United States stands ready to help resolve the challenges that remain, including those related to borders, the status of Abyei, and humanitarian access in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile. It is my hope that the progress made in these negotiations will be implemented and sustained, and that it will result in a lasting peace that will mutually benefit the Sudanese and South Sudanese people."