Editorial :AUHIP Proposes, Khartoum Accepts, Juba Rejects!
It seems that the oil dispute between Khartoum and Juba is continuing its standstill.
It is obvious that there is no dispute over the technical issues as the technicians from sides, the AUHIP, and the World Bank experts agreed over the necessity of a 2-month transitional period during which the Republic of South Sudan has to pay a specific amount, as an advance to the government of Sudan.
During that period the government of Sudan should release the seized oil tankers and the oil exportation continue from Port Sudan.
Within the two months the mediators work out a plan to reach a final settlement.
The above AUHIP proposal was accepted by each of President Al Bashir and President Salva Kiir before the dinner break, but to the astonishment of all the involved partied President Salva Kiir came after dinner to announce his reservations and rejection to sign the agreement.
It is definite that Salva Kiir faced pressures during the dinner break from the south Sudan delegation hardliners on top of them was Pagan Amum because he thinks that attaching Abyei to the ROSS could not be done without compromising it with oil which is the only weapon owned by the south to confront the north.
We all recall the statements of former Minister of Petroleum in the GoNU, Dr. Lual Deng when he described Amum as inexperienced in the issue of oil and advising him to concentrate on the basic issue of the southerners which are poverty and famine.
Back to the AUHIP proposal, it is clear that ROSS doesn't want to reach a deal over the oil and the other outstanding issues.
The ROSS wants to practice the "take it or leave it" policy which doesn't serve the interests of both Sudan and South Sudan.
The ROSS thinks that the delay in reaching a deal will deepen the economic crisis of Khartoum, hence overthrowing it, as the SPLM leaders are still living with the mentality that Khartoum is their sole enemy.
Juba is now making its contact with the international financial institution to get loans for steering its affairs till the completion of its new pipeline, but ROSS leaders should know that even if they were promised to get support from USA or Israel it will take time to receive such financial support.
It is the right of ROSS to preserve the gains of the nation but that should be through ways that ensure that it is ruling a state and not a rebel armed movement which failed to unify the southerners since the CPA signature.
If ROSS thinks that harming Sudan is more important than serving the interests of south Sudan people, then the crises of the new-born nation will increase and there will be no stability to enable implementing the main infrastructure for the south.
We urge the government of Sudan to practice more flexibility and endure all the ROSS wrong-doings in this stage because Sudan has its ethical responsibility towards the new-born state considering the joint history and the humanitarian relations.
By Sudan Vision, 30/01/2012