UN Security Council delegation arrives in Khartoum for talks
A delegation of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) arrived in Khartoum on Saturday for a two- day visit to Sudan, during which it will hold talks with the Sudanese government and members of the south Sudan government, Xinhua reported.
The delegation comprising representatives of 15 member states of the council arrived in the Sudanese capital from the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.
"The developments in Abyei will top the talks which will be held on Sunday between the Sudanese government and the UNSC delegation," said spokesman for the Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Khalid Musa.
"The meeting between the government and the UNSC delegation will also discuss implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and the efforts being made to resolve the outstanding issues between north and south Sudan," he added.
He further pointed out that the UNSC delegation would meet Sudanese Vice-President Ali Osman Mohamed Taha and discuss issues of mutual concern.
Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Karti would chair the Sudanese side to the talks, while UNSC side would be co-chaired by the United States and Russia.
The UNSC delegation is scheduled to visit Juba in south Sudan to hold talks with south Sudan government officials.
The delegation's visit to the country comes at a time when tensions are mounting at the disputed oil-rich area of Abyei in the wake of an attack by southern Sudanese forces on a convoy of 200 northern Sudanese army troops, which resulted in 22 deaths, while 178 others were still missing.