Ahmed Ibrahim Ballal
Recently, and at the premises of Teeba Press Forum in Khartoum, a symposium about the ‘the role of Sudan in the sustainability of the peace of South Sudan’ was held there. A large audience, especially the Southerners, had attended the symposium which was addressed by many, conspicuous among them are these; ambassador Jamal Al Sheikh, Sudan’s envoy to South Sudan, who reviewed many and variety of factors that had contributed to the realization of the peace of South Sudan. ‘The determination consensually on part of the Southern leaderships, government and opposition invariably, to have peace no matter how dearly the price to be paid is. And that all the political spectrum there invariably, have reached an irrevocable conviction that they should unify ranks and files to overcome differences to become part and parcel in the solution nationally’.
He affirmed that now all indications showed that the peace of South Sudan was steadily and progressively going on the right track and without the least impediment. ‘Now, all the concerned parties of South Sudan were seen as working together collectively and who even determined to do it independently far away from the mediation of the foreigners’, adding that the political will was already there to have such a matter of peace to be felt and experienced physically.
The Sudan’s envoy to South Sudan went on to tackle the issue of funding as a crucial factor to consolidate the sustainability of the peace of South Sudan, pointing out that it was difficult to tell exactly any figure in this regard. ‘The issue of finance is not yet settled, since there are many arrangements, especially the security ones, that need to be implemented first. For instance, the formation of a national army and the issue of training’, going on to say that spending on peace was much expensive. ‘ So, the government of South Sudan on its part needs to take the initiative in this area if for the others, especially the international community, are to follow suit’.
Ambassador Jamal Al Sheikh concluded his remarks by saying that the South Sudan’s committee for the constitution had been striving hard to have the peace agreement got incorporated into the constitution.
Dr. Hassan Haj Ali, lecturer at the university of Khartoum, said that now the trend generally was much peacefully oriented-a situation that is to consolidate vehemently the peace of South Sudan, going to mention, as the illustrative example, the normalization of relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea.
And Mayan Dote, Ambassador of South Sudan to Sudan, said that the current peace that had been enjoyed by South Sudan did not come out of the blue. ‘Almost all of the present South Sudan’s political composition, both government and opposition as well as the country of Sudan, had worked together as a harmonious team to make the aspired for peace a tangible reality on the ground, explaining that such collective laborious efforts were not without logic to justify. ‘There is the fatigue that has plagued all the parties of the Southern conflict that peace is the sole option. Besides, there are the economic strangling problems that the South Sudan and Sudan have been suffering from commonly and which in turn make it much imperative that reaching a peaceful solution is a must, no matter how expensive it is’.
He went to say that completion of the security arrangements were of crucial importance, emphasizing that they were the genuine backbone for the sustainability of the peace agreement, disclosing that at a later stage they were to apply the successful experiment of Sudan in the sphere of arms collection.
In a related development, Mayan Dote, saw that Sudan should be rewarded for what it had done to South Sudan to live peacefully, indicating that now Agar and Arman of SPLM/N were presently in Juba to negotiate how to strike a comprehensive peace deal with Sudan. ‘Soon, Allah willing, you will hear good news in this domain’.
The ambassador of South Sudan to Sudan lamented that instead of seeking directly the assistance of Sudan as the closest and nearest neighbor in the issue of peace previously, they just sought it elsewhere with the far distant foreigners who were verified as the utter failures- a situation that prompted him to tell this funny story; ‘there was a man who tried all methods far a way from home in order for his wife to get pregnant, but to no avail. Then it happened that they did some internal changes at home, especially the rooms-they move from the bed room to the saloon. And to his surprise to realize that to realize that his wife was getting pregnant’.
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