While talks between South Sudan – South are in recess for the rest of the month, Thabo Mbeki, head of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) mediating the negotiations, is preparing a draft comprehensive agreement to cover all outstanding issues between the two neighbours.
Reports say the former South African president is also preparing another agreement to tackle a Khartoum and rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) conflict.
Mbeki’s new proposals for the Sudan – South Sudan talks aim to narrow differences over issues concerning border demarcation, security arrangements and Abyei.
Information from the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs says Mbeki seeks to achieve a breakthrough on the pressing issues before the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon presents his report on the negotiations to the UN Security Council on September 2.
The Security Council is expected to decide on a strategy to deal with Khartoum and Juba after they failed to meet the deadline set under Security Council Resolution 2046.
Their failure to meet the deadline brings with it the threat of non-military sanctions against the two neighbours.
A recent deal over oil transit fees has raised optimism of agreement on the remaining post-succession issues.
The two sides are expected to resume talks in Addis Ababa at the end of August.