The African Union High-level Implementation Panel has welcomed the progress made in talks between South Sudan and Sudan towards the implementation of nine cooperation agreements signed in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, last September.
The two Parties agreed on a detailed and time-bound implementation matrix covering all security issues, the panel said in a statement.
The panel also said that the Joint Political and Security Mechanism agreed to operationalise the Joint Border Verification and Monitoring Mechanism (JBVMM) in a meeting held in Addis Ababa last week.
The meeting identified the location of the Joint Border Verification and Monitoring Mechanism temporary headquarters in Kadugli, Sudan, as well as the location of sector headquarters; one in each country, the statement said.
The panel added that Sudan and South Sudan have agreed to request the United Nations to increase the number of military personnel in the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA), to provide protection to the Joint Border Verification and Monitoring Mechanism border monitors.