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Djibouti, 06-13-2013 - The signing ceremony of the Agreement on Maritime Security between the Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the European Union took place this morning at the Headquarters of the IGAD in the presence of the Executive Secretary of IGAD, Ambassador (Engineer) Mahboub M. Maalim, and the Ambassador and Chief of the European Union Delegation to Djibouti and IGAD, HE Joseph Silva.

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The Executive Secretary of IGAD, Amb. (Eng) Mahboub Maalim received credentials from H.E. Ambassador Joseph Silva, the head of the European Delegation to Djibouti, who is also in charge of IGAD.

The officials discussed about the support of the EU to IGAD's programs and called for greater cooperation.

Ambassador Joseph Silva reiterated the strong relationship between the EU and IGAD. "It will be my duty to enhance the relationship between the European Union and IGAD," said Ambassador Silva.

The Executive Secretary, through Ambassador Silva, sent his appreciation to the European Union. "We thank the European Union for having found necessary not only to open a fully fledged cooperational delegation in Djibouti but to also accredit you here," said the Executive Secretary.

The IGAD Executive Secretary Amb.(Eng.) Mahboub Muaalim condemned the attack by Misserya elements on a convoy of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) and a delegation of Ngok Dinka on 4 May 2013, which resulted in the death of Ngok Dinka Paramount Chief Koul Deng Koul, UNISFA peace keepers and left others wounded. He expressed that this heinous act, threatens the stability of the area and is against the progress recently achieved by the Sudan and South Sudan in addressing their common challenges.

The Executive Secretary extended his deepest condolences to the Ngok Dinka Community, the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the families of those killed and injured.

The Executive Secretary appreciated the prompt actions by President Salva Kiir and President Omar Al-Bashir to calm the situation. The Executive Secretary urges the Government of the Sudan and South Sudan and the Ngok Dinka and Misseriya Communities to exercise maximum restraint and avoid any escalation of this unfortunate incident. He also urged for an urgent, transparent and fair investigation of the act of the violence and bring the perpetrators to justice.

The Executive Secretary reiterated IGAD’s continued support for the Implementation of all the agreements signed between the two countries and the final settlement of the outstanding issues including Abyei.

The Executive Secretary of IGAD, Ambassador (Eng.) Mahboub Maalim congratulates H.E. President Omar Hassan al-Bashir of Sudan and H.E. President Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan for their continued commitment to the Cooperation Agreement of 27th September 2012 as illustrated by the successful summit held in Juba, South Sudan on 12th April 2013.

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