Wednesday, 23 November 2011

US warns South Sudan against supporting SPLM-N; meanwhile Congress representatives call for policy shift towards Sudan

Yesterday the US demanded South Sudan cease giving any assistance or support to the SPLM-N, who are fighting against the Republic of Sudan in South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

The message came during a visit to Juba and Khartoum by the White House Deputy National Security Advisor Denis Mc Donough which began last week. A statement released by the National Security Council furthered it was neccessary for South Sudan to respect the sovereignty of the Republic of Sudan and not provoke an inter-state conflict by providing support to rebel groups fighting within another state.

White House Deputy National Security Advisor, Denis McDonough 

Khartoum has already lodged two complaints with the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) that Juba has been providing support to rebel groups fighting against it; this latest statement by the US will provide a certain level of justification for those claims.

Khartoum is not fully embracing the US however and has accused it of "conspiring" against it with the government of South Sudan, after the UN said this month that Sudan was responsible for the bombing of a refugee camp within South Sudan.

Staying with the US, this week a bipartisan group of 62 members of Congress sent a letter to President Obama, calling on the administration to recalibrate US policy towards Sudan, taking into account the most recent eruption of violence and the ensuing humanitarian crisis.

The representatives argue that the conflicts in Sudan can no longer be views as distinct entities but must be seen as the result of a consistent, centralised policy of political and economic marginalisation of peripheral areas by Khartoum.

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