Al-Bashir says north Sudan keen on sustainable peace, peaceful co- existence with south

08:07, June 03, 2011      

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Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Thursday reiterated north Sudan's keenness on sustainable peace and peaceful co-existence with south Sudan.

"We are not advocates of war, but we are advocates of peace. We have worked to achieve it and we will work to sustain it. We need peace as our brothers in south Sudan need it," said al-Bashir when addressing the meeting of the Shura (consultation) Council of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) Thursday.

"We have achieved peace and borne all its consequences. We bear the violations of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) all during the phases of the implementation of the agreement. After July 9, Sudan will be two states, and therefore, if our brothers in the south want to peacefully co-exist with us, then we are committed to that," he added.

He went on saying that "however, if our brothers in the south felt that they do not need the north and insisted on implementing their old program called the new Sudan which stands on external dimension and depends on American and Israel, then we are ready to confront them."

Meanwhile, al-Bashir said that the Sudanese army's control of Abyei was a strong message for the SPLM that north Sudan was capable of resolving the violations of the movement.

The NCP and SPLM have recently agreed to form a joint committee to reach a settlement for the Abyei crisis.

The Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) has taken control of Abyei in response to an attack by the SPLA against a SAF convoy which resulted in the deaths of 22 soldiers.

The Abyei events prompted concerns over possibility that north and south Sudan would return to war again just a little more than one month before south Sudan would officially be declared independent on July 9.

A referendum on Abyei was supposed to be held on Jan. 9, 2011, coincident with the south Sudan referendum, but it was postponed in the wake of a difference between the NCP and Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) over who has the right to vote in the referendum.

Source: Xinhua
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