with the Secretary-General and his Personal Envoy.
The Ministers reaffirmed that Chagos Archipelago, including Diego Garcia, is an integral part of the sovereign territory of the Republic of Mauritius. In this regard, they again called on the former colonial power to pursue constructive dialogue expeditiously with Mauritius for the early return of Chagos Archipelago, including Diego Garcia, to the sovereignty of the Republic of Mauritius.
The Ministers welcomed the signing on 22 July 2002 of the Machakos Protocol and also welcomed the further signing of the Six Protocols between the Government of the Sudan and the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement/ Army (SPLM/A), which represent a huge leap towards the realisation of a just and lasting peace in the Sudan. In this connection, they paid tribute to the ongoing efforts by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), led by the Government of Kenya, as well as the IGAD partners and appealed to the parties to continue to work for the successful conclusion of a comprehensive peace agreement.
Encouraged by those positive developments, the Ministers urged the International Community to support efforts aimed at achieving peace in Sudan. In this regard, they further urged the International Community to provide assistance to meet the economic and developments needs, including reconstruction and rehabilitation of areas affected by the conflict.
The Ministers expressed concern about the situation on Darfur Region in Sudan. In this regard they supported the Decision of the Summit of the Heads of State of the African Union on Darfur in July 2004 and the deployment of AU monitors in the region, and called upon the international community to support the AU initiative on conducting a political peaceful settlement of the problem.
The Ministers welcomed the signing of N’Djamena Ceasefire Agreement of 8 April 2004 between the Government of the Sudan and the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) on Darfur. In this connection, they urged the parties of N’Djamena Agreement to resume immediately and without conditions the talks under the auspices of the African Union in view of concluding a political settlement of the crisis.
The Ministers also welcomed the Joint Communiqué’ between the Government of the Republic of the Sudan and the Secretary General of the United Nations on 3 July 2004. They noted the progress of the humanitarian as well as the security situation in the region, and noted the importance of the Joint Implementation Mechanism (JIM) in the agreement as an important method for evaluating the situation; they urged the international community and the donors to provide assistance to the people in the region.