Editorial :Two Heads Are Better than One
The news infiltrated from Addis Ababa, President Al Bashir and his counterpart Salva Kiir met in the Ethiopian capital to discuss the outstanding issues between the two countries for the first time since Heglig incidents of last April.
The meeting sends encouraging and positive signs to the people of the two countries who suffer from a severe economic crisis and to the international community expressing their serious commitment to reach a deal before the deadline of 2 August.
According to the members of the negotiating teams in both sides were optimistic as they described the meeting as good and promising.
However, the two sides should take advantage of this optimistic atmosphere to express more flexibility during the talks to strike a deal on the outstanding issues for the sake of sustainable peace and fruitful neighbourhood between the two countries.
During the AUSPC meeting the two presidents emphasized in their speeches on their respective concerns.
Al Bashir underscored the security concern and the need to speed up making the buffer zone a reality as there is no reason to contest Sudan’s current border because it served to give South Sudan its independence.
Kiir reaffirmed in his meeting with Al Bashir that South Sudan has a strategic interest to improve its relations with all the neighbouring countries.
The two Presidents were seen in good mood smiling and shaking hands after the private meeting as Al Bashir accompanied Kiir outside the room where they held their talks.
It is high time for the two parties to conclude a fair deal and to end hostilities before the 2nd of August UNSC deadline.
As a matter of fact the two Presidents meeting was organized in the Sudanese manner and without any foreign mediators, and that represents a good omen that it is possible for the two Sudans to make the change if they sit with open hearts and minds round the negotiating table.
We believe that the current round of talks will pay off to bring an end to the suffering of the citizens here and there.
We call on all worshippers to continue their praying may Allah the Almighty bless the negotiators in their talks, considering that the providence is always on the side of the strongest battalions who top the interests of their nation over partisan or ethnic ones.
By Sudan Vision, 15/07/2012