Editorial :AUHIP Mission Will it Pay Off?
According to infiltrated reports the AUHIP chairman, former South African President, Thabo Mbeki will on focus again in the political arena, as reports pointed that Mbeki will visit Khartoum and Juba within the coming hours to continue his mediation in resolving the outstanding issues, the first step of which is to convince the two parties to resume the Addis Ababa talks for signing a non-aggression pact as an approach to enter into negotiations in good faith.
Mbeki is supposed to hold several meetings to urge Sudan and South Sudan to resume the suspended talks, but before Khartoum had put forward four conditions to resume the talks with South Sudan after Heglig incidents.
On top of the conditions is that South Sudan must recognize the agreement signed before and the security Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) besides activating the non-aggression pact singed by the Chiefs of Intelligence of the two countries last February.
Khartoum also demands Juba to recognize 1956 borders and stop attacking Sudan besides the withdrawal of all SPLA troops from its territories
The disengagement of SPLA nine and ten brigades is one of the conditions to resume the Addis Ababa talks besides South Sudan stopping providing support to insurgents of the Darfur non-signatory movements
The damages of Heglig oil facilities resulted from the recent SPLA attack should also be compensated by the Government of South Sudan.
The international community should consider the reasonable demands of Sudan before any attempts to convince its leaders to resume the Addis Ababa talks through pressing on South Sudan to accept the conditions for resuming the talks.
Juba announcement that South Sudan is ready to negotiate with Sudan the conflict over the oil transit fees is not enough to resume the Addis Ababa talks.
We believe that the current political situation after the recent aggression of the SPLA makes it difficult, if not impossible, for Khartoum to accept entering into talks with Juba.
It is high time for Juba to admit that it committed a grave mistake against Sudan by occupying a Sudanese area which has never been subject to dispute between the two countries.
The acknowledgement of Juba is indispensable to guarantee non repetition of Heglig incident in the future and to set a concrete base for the future relations between the two countries.
In short, Heglig aggression availed several valid pressing cards in the hands of Khartoum which could be used in its negotiations with Juba.
By Sudan Vision, 24/04/2012