UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- Moon on Thursday applauded Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al Bashir and Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan for sealing deals on security, the common border and economic relations.
"The secretary-general commends the leaders of both countries, particularly President Bashir and President Kiir, for demonstrating the statesmanship that made a comprehensive agreement possible, and for having once again chosen peace over war," said a statement issued by Ban's spokesman here.
"These agreements provide vital elements in building a strong foundation for a stable and prosperous future between the two countries," he added.
In the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, leaders of Sudan and South Sudan reached nine agreements on Thursday, but did not work out issues surrounding the contested oil-rich Abyei region or the demarcation of their shared border.
The two presidents have been meeting in Addis Ababa since last Sunday to conclude the negotiations by their delegations that had been going on for months on outstanding issues through the mediation of the African Union High Implementation Panel (AUHIP).
The UN chief called on both governments to find solutions to the future of disputed and claimed areas and the final status of Abyei, said the statement.
Meanwhile, Ban also urged both countries to embark on the implementation of the agreements they have signed and to finalize the processes they have initiated.
"The United Nations stands ready to continue assisting the parties, in collaboration with partners, in these endeavors," the statement said.