Al Sawarmi: The Armed Forces Will Respond Decisively
The recurrent attacks on the oil-rich region of Higlig by South Sudan army (SPLA) backed by rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) would be difficult to erase from the memory. South Sudan insists to continue hostility towards Sudan. Such hostility stems from hatred, ill-intentions and burning desire to continue war.
Sudan armed forces (SAF) will strike back double
Considering statements by the armed forces in which the military confirmed it will repulse this unjust aggression by SPLA, traitors and mercenaries, affirming that it will hit back hard. Statements made by spokesperson for the armed forces Al-Sawarmi Khalid Saad reminded South Sudan’s army of defeat in Abyei and the Blue Nile, adding the army talks less. Militarily speaking I would say “the proof of the pudding is in the eating,” stating that the army knows the nature of the enemy it is dealing with because they have fought it since 1983 after Addis Ababa agreement had failed.
The armed forces defeated SPLA in Abyei, Kordufan and the Blue Nile but these defeats have not deterred SPLA’s malicious intentions. Sudan army vowed to achieve a new victory over the remnants of betrayal and treachery in battle that will be costly for anyone wanting to target Sudan’s soil.
The target is the North’s oil
It seems that SPLA’s insistence to continuously attack oil rich Higlig is aimed at cutting and preventing oil from flowing northward to increase the government’s loss in foreign currency, especially Higlig oil production accounts for 40 per cent of the government’s budget, according to reported information.
Former Abyei Commissioner, Maj.Gen. Abdel Rahman Arabab said that the frequent offensives on Higlig by SPLA was aimed at striking oil regions to prevent the government from benefiting from these resources to bridge the gap created by the secession which the government managed to overcome through oil produced in Higlig fields. He said that the matter is an economic war at first place.
Dr. Khalid Hussein sees that by attacking the region SPLA wanted to mount pressures on the government of Sudan so it allows South Sudan oil runs through Sudan infrastructure because it has discovered that exporting its oil via Kenya or others will very costly.
Professor Hussein Maki, political analyst, is of the view that the attack on Heglig will lead South Sudan to economic failure, which feels that Sudan economy is progressing therefore it attempted to halt the economic development in the North. “It is obvious that South Sudan policy is zero.”
The deadline is over
Practically, the deadline the Sudanese Government has set for Southerners to legalizing their stay is over and are regarded foreigners as of April 9. The Police announced last April 9 that southerners would lose citizenship according to an agreement signed by the two sides, affirming that dealing with them will be in accordance with laws related to foreign presence, and that the Parliament confirmed that the presence of any southern national after April 9 would be illegal and demanded concerned authorities declare them as foreigners according to laws. Until early this week, things were heading for calmness and tranquility which was evident in talks of the head of African Panel Thabo Mbeki with President Al Bashir aimed at reaching solutions satisfactory to both sides.
The two sides had earlier agreed in Addis Ababa that authorities in Juba should supply official documents for their nationals in Sudan, and that southerners living in the North if interested in obtaining Sudanese nationality have to apply for it after submitting all papers related to their nationality and that their applications have to be considered in accordance with applicable law.
The Ministry of Labor said the presence of Southerners with private companies is contingent on satisfying terms of residence and obtaining work permits. However, things went up side down in the wake of South Sudan’s attack on the region of Higlig to further aggravate the situation. Obviously, Sudan was pursuing a policy of good will with South Sudan and its nationals in the North. The million dollar question is that what is the future of relations with South Sudan after this overt aggression?
By Haram Hashim Ali, 15/04/2012