“On behalf of the humanitarian community, we encourage the Governments of South Sudan and Sudan to implement fully the Agreement on the Status of Nationals of the Other State, signed on 27 September 2012, which provides for the four freedoms of residence, movement, property and economic activity to nationals in each other’s state,” Toby said in a statement released today.
Toby said agencies applaud the setting up of the Joint High Level Committee to oversee the management and decision-making of issues relating to the nationals but “encourage both Governments to scale up efforts to provide nationals of the other state with documentation, including residency and work permits.”
“We also encourage the Governments to lead the return process and appeal to the international donor community to assist this endeavor. We stand ready to continue to support the two Governments in this regard,” said Toby.
Signed in September last year in Addis, Ethiopia, the Cooperation Agreement comprises of nine packages among which others are strategies on how the tow nations can sort out its differences on oil conflicts, border demarcation, Abyei, security and several others.
South Sudan Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Barnaba Marial on Monday said on top of the agenda of the meeting of the two leaders is how to better mechanisms on the implementation of the Cooperation Agreements.