Editorial :It is Only the Government to Decide
In the news, the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) announced that the deadline set for southerners in the North to regularize their status expired Monday and that all identity documents possessed by southerners become invalid.
It is true that the deadline expired on April 9th where southerners will be dealt with as foreigners.
Nobody ignores the government right to take the legal measure to frame the foreign existence in Sudan.
As for the southerners, they had determined their fate in the referendum by voting in favour of secession to form their sovereign state, and accordingly the new-born state has to shoulder the consequences of secession.
However, the secession has its victims as there are southerners whose desire and options were confiscated at the moment of referendum, but it is politics which always leave victims.
The constitution, the rule of law and the protocols will bring about control; and respecting the laws that govern the relation between the two countries is the approach for good neighbouring relations.
The responsibility South Sudan as a sovereign state is to protect its citizens within its territories and abroad.
The Government of South Sudan must attract all its citizens to return, to share in consolidating its rule through development and reconstruction.
As for the Sudanese government it should take all the legal measures in dealing with southerners staying within its territories; but what we hope is that the implementation of any measures should be with all the famous Sudanese ethics and eminence.
Any measures should be carried out smoothly without any complications, considering that we coexisted with our southern brothers and sisters for years and years, despite the civil wars which we all paid its high price.
Those southerners living among us are very simple and mistreated by some of the hardliners in both parts of Sudan.
Southerners should not be held accountable for politicians’ guilt, as the latter are loyal to circumstance which the simple citizens do not and do not want to understand.
The upcoming stage needs diplomacy and good assessment considering the far future and not to deal through reactions or listening to the short-sighted politicians.
We believe that the President did well when he affirmed, in his address to the parliament in its fifth session yesterday, that Sudan will continue talks in order to normalize the relations with South Sudan just like what happened with each of Chad and Central Republic of Africa.
The government now is facing the test of the civilized dealing with the southerners in the north besides the continuation of the negotiations in Addis Ababa, and we are sure that out leaders can make it.
By Sudan Vision, 09/04/2012