SUDAN'S PRESIDENT AL-BASHIR SAYS HIS COUNTRY WILL INTERVENE TO STOP WAR AND FAMINE IN NEIGHBORING SOUTH SUDAN
Khartoum, 1 May 2017: Sudan’s President Omar Al- Bashir on Sunday said that his country would intervene “to stop war and famine in the State of South Sudan”.
Sudan's President made the remarks during the closing session of the fourth General Conference of the ruling National Congress Party in Khartoum on Sunday.
“Some parties have called on me to reunite South Sudan with Sudan, after being hit with war, famine, conflicts and indiscriminate killing. We are dealing ethically with the people of South Sudan, because we were one people, we received them when they came in thousands fleeing war and were keen on the security and stability of their country”, Al- Bashir said.
The president called for the extension of a helping hand to Sudan and South Sudan." We will not accept the suffering of civilians in South Sudan because before we separated from them in 2011, we were one people" said a long serving Sudanese leader.
The statement by Sudanese leader however angered Juba and in response, President Kiir's spokespoke Ateny Wek Ateny, said the statement will be perceive by the people of South Sudan as provocation of war, urging Sudan's leader should work with government of South Sudan to find a lasting solution." This statement will be perceived by 98,9 percent of South Sudanese who voted for the independence of this country as provocation of war," " we will not accept Sudan's intervention in the internal affairs of this country" he added.