Finland supports the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan
Finland is contributing funds totalling 722,000 US dollars in support for the work of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan, led by former South African President Mbeki. The contribution is made from the development cooperation funds of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
The Panel was formed in Abuja, Nigeria, on 29 October 2009 in order to provide support for the Sudanese parties in resolving the conflict in Darfur and in implementing the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which ended the long civil war between the north and the south of the country in 2005.
Sudan is facing a critical period now that the first general elections in 24 years were held in April 2010 and preparations are being made for the referendum on the self-determination of Southern Sudan, scheduled for January 2011. Both events are crucial elements of the CPA.
The funds granted by Finland are made available through the United Nations (UN), which supports the African Union High-Level Panel and is its main partner in the peace facilitation process.
Additional information: Counsellor Kimmo Laukkanen, tel. +358 9 160 56292 and Desk Officer Pauliina Hellman, tel. +358 9 160 56502