In recent days, tension’s growing between Sudan & South Sudan due to the conflict taking place in the border areas. The air in South Sudan is getting heavy with bombing by the North side.
The international powers are startled and want a quick and peaceful solution.
White House has expressed deep concerns and urged both sides to reach a peaceful resolution.
Putting the blame on Sudan Hilary Clinton said that the Khartoum government is taking violent measures and heavy weaponry is in use.
The U.S also insisted on having South Sudan stop arming and aiding rebel groups. Victoria Nuland, representative of ‘U.S State Department’ is anxious, as this escalation of aggression could lead to another war. She hoped that both sides will put this agenda to an end by the shortest period possible.
The same words came out again as ‘European Union foreign policy’ official Catherine Ashton referred these attacks as an intensification of the apprehensive situation.
The ‘United Nations Security Council’ has demanded an immediate end to this cycle of violence. The council predicted a sheer possibility of recommencement of the war that came to an end last year.
On Friday, Activist and actor, George Clooney got arrested in Washington while protesting in front of the embassy of Sudan.
Clooney then, went on to testify before the ‘Senate Foreign Relations Committee’ about the continued violence occurring in south Kordofan. Later on, he met President Barack Obama to discuss his anxiety.
Recent talks over oil failed to reach out to a satisfactory decision. South Sudan is accusing Sudan of stealing its oil which carries a high price tag of almost $815 million. On the other hand, Sudan’s complain is that South Sudan took away the crude to fill up dew fees for using the pipelines other facilities in their possession.
Last year South Sudan earned its independence from Sudan and this is the first time the two sides are in conflict since then. South Sudan’s independence came as the result of a long dispute on oil territory. For years thousands of people has faced death over this issue.
‘U.N Refugee Agency’ reports say that several thousand people have fled the affected areas.
These recent developments have put a shadow of doubt on plans for next month visit by Omar al-Bashir, President of Sudan to talk with Salva Kiir, President of South Sudan.
- Written by Navid Iqbal
- Category: Africa