Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has reiterated that his government is ready to intervene in South Sudan in order to avert what he describes as “war and famine.”
Famine was declared in part of the former Unity State in mid-February.
President al-Bashir said Sudan is concerned about the situation and his country has a responsibility for ensuring that there is peace in South Sudan.
He made the statement at the closing session of the fourth convention of Sudan’s ruling national congress party over the weekend.
“We are really concerned about what is happening in South Sudan, and we feel that we have the ethical responsibility towards the normal citizens in South Sudan because they were our citizens in one state. We are the government and the political party which made the peace agreement that led to the separation. So we will intervene to stop the war and famine in South Sudan,’’
Eye Radio reports that Sudan recently opened some humanitarian corridors in order to deliver aid materials to South Sudan.
The Republic of South Sudan, Africa’s youngest nation was once part of Sudan but became independent on 9th July 2011 after a referendum in which 98.83% of the population voted for independence.