Newscast Media KHARTOUM—Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ali Karti says that referring the controversial Abyei issue to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) could trigger a new war between Khartoum and Juba.
Sudan and South Sudan failed to meet a deadline set by the African Union (AU) to come to an agreement on the final status of Abyei, by December 5. According to the official SUNA news agency, the foreign minister said that a possible referral to the UNSC would “complicate” the issue and “threaten a new conflict”.
In October, the African Union Peace and Security Council said that if Khartoum and Juba failed to settle the issue, a referendum would be held. The referendum is to determine whether Abyei will join Sudan or South Sudan. Karti renewed Sudan’s demand that the difference between the two sides be settled within the African framework.
The oil-rich Abyei area is currently controlled by Ethiopian UN peacekeepers. The Misseriya tribe lives in the disputed area. Officials say that going ahead with the AU plan will only lead to violence.
South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in July 2011 as part of a 2005 peace treaty, which ended decades of war between the two countries. Despite the treaty, the African neighbors are still at loggerheads over oil revenues and border demarcation.
Newscast Media AUSTIN, Texas—Last week, South Sudan and Israel, specifically Israel Military Industries Ltd. signed an agreement to cooperate on River Nile water infrastructure and technology development during a ceremony at the Knesset. The new agreement with Israel could potentially allow South Sudan “to transfer its oil to Israeli refineries”, which the country also lacks.
“This way we will help you solve various problems in your area,” Minister of Water and Irrigation, Paul Mayom Akec said. “We will be pleased to examine this,” reported the Sudan Tribune.
While all the other nations were asleep, Israel saw business potential, and this time it wasn’t about to let the Chinese or American investors snatch this golden opportunity from it.
“We see this as a privilege to be the first [sector in Israel] to sign an agreement with the new state,” Energy and Water Minister Uzi Landau said in a statement aimed at Akec Paul Mayom, water and irrigation minister of South Sudan. “We will continue to do everything possible in order to assist you. You are among friends.” The Jerusalem Post published the utterances here.
This agreement certainly does not sit well with Egypt and Sudan. There was an outcry in Egypt and Sudan over last week’s signing of a cooperation agreement between Israel and South Sudan on water infrastructure and technology development. Warnings abounded that the pact between the government in Juba and Israeli Military Industries Ltd posed a threat to the water security of the two downstream countries and should be countered. Largely overlooked was the fact that their own inaction was mostly to blame for it, according to Al Akhbar.
Perhaps the richest African country in natural resources is DR Congo. Currently, the country is experiencing a tumultuous period as foreign armies seek to seize its resources.
Rwanda has been accused by the Netherlands, Great Britain and the U.S. of backing rebels in DR Congo, and the three nations have withheld financial aid to the embattled nation, according to a report by Press TV.
DR Congo is an important country because of its abundant freshwater supply and natural resources that are coveted by outside eyes. Once the country becomes stable, it will be a magnet for foreign nations, just like what is happening in South Sudan.
Unfortunately Africa has been cursed with leaders who (with the exception of a handful), have failed to look out for the best interests on the Native Africans, and have engaged in unjust enrichment for themselves and families. Africa has no reason to be part of the Third World considering how rich it is. It should belong in the same sentence as Japan, Germany and Canada.