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Urgent action needed on South Sudan

ICC Note

The impasse created over the non-implementation of peace accord between South Sudan and government of Sudan should be resolved before it deteriorates into disastrous war.

Thursday, 25th October, 2007 Sudan (The New Vision)-The deadlock in the implementation of the peace agreement between North and South Sudan is a potential explosive situation which needs urgent attention. For Khartoum ’s Vice-President to accuse the South of stalling the peace process and preparing for war is cheap and unfair.

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Today, the oil price stands at $89 a barrel and two additional oil fields are now operational. So based on simple calculations, the South should be getting between $200m and $290m a month!

Khartoum is robbing the South of at least $150m a month. No wonder it is delaying the implementation of the border demarcation and the status of the oil-rich Abyei area.

And while Khartoum is booming thanks to revenues from southern oil fields, the South is struggling to rebuild a country destroyed by decades of war, neglect and the North’s divide-and-rule policy.

The lack of schools, hospitals and basic infrastructure in an area two and a half times the size of Britain is shocking. Be it in the field of agriculture, technology or manufacturing, the country basically has to start from scratch.

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As IGAD was the main grouping brokering the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, the regional leaders have to convene a summit urgently to try and salvage the deal and hold Khartoum to its commitment.

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