warns of fresh conflict with South Sudan over Abyei District
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.
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.
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. Add