Editorial :Heglig Belongs to Sudan .. European Testimony
In an interview conducted by Ashrooq TV the European Union Ambassador in Khartoum, Tomas ULICNY said that the region of Heglig is not a disputed area between Sudan and South Sudan according to the 2009 rulings of The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA).
The Ambassador said that the EU supports resumption of negotiations between Khartoum and Juba, adding that they support the efforts of the AU and the UNSC resolution for resolving dispute between Sudan and South Sudan
The EU Ambassador said that he was optimistic about the coming round of talks between the two countries, especially as they used to be one nation in past years, affirming that the EU can play a role should the two parties demand help.
ULICNY said that disputes should be settled through peaceful means, indicating that the EU had earlier demanded South Sudan unconditionally withdraw its forces from Heglig.
However, such testimony justifies the relief overwhelmed Sudanese considering that it comes from the EU Ambassador personally.
The NCP circles seem to be more optimistic as the statements of the EU Ambassador and its timing as it gives positive signs for the preparations of the upcoming round of talks between Sudan and South Sudan through a clear strategy far from the media jamming.
According to observers, the EU testimony hints to some extent that international community is not endeavouring in incriminate Sudan.
Notwithstanding, the EU, in all its course has never showed any hostility against Sudan, so its testimony comes as recognition of the facts on the ground and on the papers as well.
The EU testimony will encourage the international community to acknowledge that Heglig belongs to Sudan instead of relying on false information.
It seems that the international community is adopting new policies towards Sudan, especially after Heglig incidents.
We believe that the issue requires shuttle moves from the government, especially the Foreign Ministry, to exert all possible efforts to change the international community policies and the concepts towards Sudan, besides dealing with the international community according to the international just policies without any double-standards in all situations.
To sum it up, the EU testimony will cut-off the way for those who want to disregard the PCA ruling and at the same time avails a good chance for the Foreign Ministry to explain the issue before the international community to achieve a breakthrough in the Western stance in general.
By Sudan Vision, 09/05/2012