African Union worries over Sudan distrust
The statement said concern was heightened by “the challenges faced by the Sudan in both the implementation of the CPA and the upcoming elections in April 2010, as well as the preparations for the referendum.”
The 2005 internationally-brokered peace deal provides for a referendum to be held in 2011 in which semi-autonomous southern Sudan will decide whether or not to become fully independent.
The AU Peace and Security Council said it was establishing a committee to help address the most pressing challenges.
Tensions have been running high between north and south, still divided by the religious, ethnic and ideological differences over which the 1983-2005 civil war was fought.