The work of the Technical Ad hoc Border Committee is severely delayed and its report, which under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) was due by July 2005, has not yet been submitted to the presidency.
Defining and demarcating the North-South border remains one of the key obstacles to implementation of the CPA. We are fully engaged with both parties and international partners to secure full implementation of the CPA.
The National Land Commission has not yet been established because the National Assembly in Khartoum has yet to pass the Land Bill. The Southern Sudan Land Commission (SSLC) has been established, but the Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly has not passed its own Land Bill, which is needed in addition to the national Bill, before the SSLC can exercise its functions in full.
We will continue to seek progress on land reform as part of our efforts to support full implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.