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South Sudan envoy: Sudan is warmongering
“It is clear that [Sudanese] President [Omar] Bashir is not committed to peace,” Mr. Amum told The Washington Times. “He is a warmonger and a racist, and someone who is calling for genocide.”
The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday unanimously adopted a resolution that calls on Sudan and South Sudan to cease all hostilities, withdraw forces and resume talks. A failure to do so would result in sanctions.
Sudan also must be forced to negotiate a political solution to its conflict with southern rebels in the border states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile, and to stop supporting militia fighting in South Sudan, he said.
The international community had criticized South Sudan for provoking the latest round of fighting when it sent its forces into Heglig, an oil-rich border region claimed by Sudan. South Sudanese officials said Sudanese forces were using Heglig as a base from which to attack the south.
The Security Council also set a two-week deadline for Sudan and South Sudan to resume talks on disputes related to oil payments, citizenship, border demarcation and the status of Abyei, an oil-rich region claimed by both governments.
South Sudan has proposed international arbitration as a solution to the border dispute. It also has offered to pay 69 cents a barrel for oil shipped through Sudan. The government in Khartoum is demanding $32 per barrel.
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About the Author
Ashish Kumar Sen is a reporter covering foreign policy and international developments for The Washington Times.
Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Sen worked for publications in Asia and the Middle East. His work has appeared in a number of publications and online news sites including the British Broadcasting Corp., Asia Times Online and Outlook magazine.
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