Editorial: Negotiations .. New Look!
The resumption of talks between Sudan and South Sudan is a positive signal towards replacing the tears and blood mechanism to the give and take language.
Our negotiating team on which President Al Bashir renewed his full confidence before the departure to Addis Ababa to resume the talks is but a support their stances based on their experience of almost two decades in negotiations.
No doubt that the negotiating team aspiration is to achieve peace and stability to lift the burdens from the shoulders of their people.
The current talks came whereas each party knew the other especially after Heglig battle and its military and political consequences.
We believe that the current talks will consider the interests and rights of each party, hence leading to a new look after both parties knew that the power logic is useless and will lead to more bloods and suffering.
The current delegation represents a golden chance to both parties to build a strategy based on exchanging joint interests and benefits.
To make such a strategy a success the two negotiating teams should distance themselves from the foreign parties' prescriptions which only look from the angle of its own agendas.
We hope that the two parties in Addis Ababa agree on adding a new item to the AUHIP roadmap to resolve the outstanding issues between Sudan and South Sudan.
The proposed item is reviewing the financial and economic losses of the delay in reaching agreement.
It goes without saying that the economy of both countries is negatively affected by unjustified delay and that is definitely reflected on the lives of the people in the two Sudans.
It is true that the living conditions in the South is at is worst as there is no alternative other than the oil which the government there stopped by its own choice due the dispute over transit fees.
The two parties to the negotiation should look to the outstanding issue through its real dimensions without any speculations or denying the exiting realities.
Peace could be achieved by slogans and peoples' interests could not be achieved through wrangling.
The economic and commercial cooperation is the best way to open a new chapter in the bilateral relations and could contribute to a great extent in resolving the current crisis between the two countries.
By Sudan Vision, 30/05/2012