Government to Schedule Foreign Troops Departure from the NorthSource: Sudan Vision
Date Added: Thursday, 20 January 2011
Presidential Advisor for Foreign Relations Dr. Mustafa Osman Ismail, informed that the Sudan is due to formulate a foreign relations strategy for the post-referendum stage, as the North, after secession, will still remain the largest Arab country in terms of area and will be neighboring seven countries.
In an interview with the Arabic Satellite TV Channel," Ghnat Ala'alam Alakhbaria" Dr. Ismail said," Sudan relations with neighboring countries are marked by tribal overlapping, common cultural and historical ties, as well as common strategic interests such as the Nile waters.
He said that, the nascent state in the South, in case of separation, will be the largest neighbor in terms of area with an over 2,000 km common border with the North. There will also remain the cultural and tribal overlap with the North under the spread of the Arabic language and Islamic culture in the South and the common interest as represented by the Nile.
"As a state with no access to the sea, her oil export will be transported through the North,” he said, brushing away claims made by secession advocates, to the effect that the South will not need the North.
The presidential advisor slammed rejected the Sudanese Peoples' Liberation Movement (SPLM) proposal suggesting exclusion of the Messariya tribe from voting in the forthcoming Abyei referendum, cautioning a war-breakout between the South and the Messariya tribe whose existence in region has been historical . He viwed hat all parties involved should reach a common understanding on this issue.
He added ,that the Comprehensive Peace Agreement acknowledges 1956's line as the border between the South and the North, saying that Khartoum is ready to reach an agreement on the disputed issues on the basis of this reference.
Concluding his statement to the TV channel, Ismail called for resolution of the Sudanese issues such as Darfur, domestically with exclusion of any foreign intervention in Sudan’s local affairs.