The Citizen (Juba)

1 June 2012

Sudan: Where Is the UNSC and World Leaders While Khartoum Continues Bombardment of South Sudan Territories?

opinion

With the SPLA ten days control of Panthou which almost brought the regime in Khartoum to its knee, the UNSC threatened sanctions, world leaders urged the leadership of the new nation to withdraw from Panthou a land they wrongly believe to be part of Sudan.

UNSC asked Sudan to immediately cease air bombardments, aggressions against the new nation and withdraw from Abyei, South Sudan was requested to withdraw from Panthou and stop supporting Sudan Revolutionary Front a coalition of more than four rebel groups whose aim is to topple the tyrannical and brutal regime that does not respect human rights and dignity, a regime known for rape, torture and killing of innocent African people in Sudan, a regime whose top man and a defense minister are wanted by the International Criminal Court.

South Sudan decided to withdraw its forces from Panthou and Abyei to show its seriousness to resolve outstanding issues in a conducive environment where no drop of blood or innocent life is to be lost but this is not the case with the vampire regime, they continue attacking territories of South Sudan, support militias to destabilize South Sudan and looting oil from Panthou and other places, carried out a failure mission to close borders between Juba and Ethiopia.

The two hundred and fifteen militias who crossed to SPLA after being trained and armed by Khartoum to cause havoc to local communities and the whole nation is an evident and victory against the criminal Al Beshir and I hope other remaining militias in Khartoum would follow the same national path.

UNSC gave two weeks for the two parties to resume talks and a deadline of three months to reach a settlement to all outstanding issues including the oil.

After the deadline, Khartoum in defiance to UNSC resolution continues its evil actions motivated by greed towards abundant natural resources and on top oil gluttony against South Sudan, continues its aggression of bombing South Sudanese troops positions in Raja, Panakuac, Teshwin etc. despite having said it was ready to compromise to international demands for halting hostilities.

The United Nations Security Council remained silent while the Arab League condemned the New Nation, where is Justice? Why should the world leaders pay attention to Khartoum lies and ignore the suffering of the people of South Sudan? Why African countries are silent when their African brothers/sisters are being massacred? Why didn't they condemn Khartoum action against African newest state? Where are the friends of South Sudan if African countries are after their belly?

The UNSC said they will impose sanction on the nation that would not comply with their resolution, it is clear now Khartoum has started violating the resolution and I believe Khartoum would not reach any deal within the mentioned period. Will UNSC-AU be in position to sanction Khartoum? It was alleged those nations that proposed the sanction have interest in the South Sudan Oil, they don't care how much is the transit fees and whether it is internationally accepted is not their business, they want to pressure Juba to resume oil flow by all means.

Sudan foreign ministry issued statement that, they have some reservation with the resolutions and they are only ready to negotiate on security issues, Juba is ready for comprehensive negotiation. Now the vampire regime gave another frivolous excuse that unless South Sudan reconsiders its new map it is not ready for negotiation.

If we rely on this toothless bias Chairperson of African Union High Implementation Panel who was once appointed a member of African wise men, who is soft toward Khartoum and alleged protecting the interest of MTN Sudan where his close relative has a big share, South Sudan would never get its rights.

Last week, despite his presence, Sudanese war planes continued bombarding South Sudan territories and to make it worse the plane crossed over Juba, the Capital City of the Republic of South Sudan as announced by the government spokesman. Juba condemned that move as it may affect the calls for resumption of talks while he remained silent without condemning Khartoum. Mbeki is incapable to resolve the outstanding issues between Sudan and South Sudan and it's high time for the government of Juba to petition the African Union for his removal.

The UNSC and world leaders need to clear themselves especially after the Panthou incident and stop this continuous aggression by Khartoum against Juba, otherwise Juba will not tolerate and that would push South Sudan to regain its territory by all means.

This week Khartoum has intensified aerial bombardment in Northern Bahr el Ghazal, attack some areas with the help of its militias in order to gain ground in Addis Ababa negotiation and use it as scapegoat to turn down any deal reached when attacked by the SPLA forces.

Sudan is openly violating UN Security Council Resolutions as they wish and neither AU nor UNSC dare to question.

Abyei, Panthou and other contested areas within the new map are South Sudanese and shall remain South Sudanese.

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