Can the Two Sudans Live in Peace?
Sudan and South Sudan failed to meet the August 2nd United Nations Security Council deadline for reaching a comprehensive agreement on their outstanding issues. Held in Ethiopia, the AU mediated talks between the two countries were aimed at resolving issues related to security, border demarcation, citizenship and oil. The two neighbors came close to an all-out war last April following South Sudan’s takeover of the Sudanese oil-rich region of Heglige prompting the Security Council to issue a resolution calling on the two countries to craft a comprehensive deal or face the possibility of non-military sanctions. The Council is yet to decide on whether it will impose the threatened sanctions or warrant an extension to the talks. As part of her Africa tour, the US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton is expected to arrive in Juba on Friday to encourage the talks with Khartoum.
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