Tuesday, June 7, 2011

EU fears new war in Sudan

The increased tension in Sudan, with the occupation of government troops from the region of Abyei, "could degenerate into a new war," admitted the European Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs. Piebalgs said the European Parliament meeting in Strasbourg (France), the European Commission will present a "comprehensive strategy" on Sudan and confirmed the presence of the EU High Representative, Catherine Ashton, the independence ceremony in South Sudan , on 9 July.

After two decades of civil war, 98.8 percent of the citizens of the country's southern regions, mainly Christian, voted in a referendum on secession from the rest of Sudan. The Sudanese government agreed in principle to the independence of the south and met the requirements set in the peace process, protected by the European Union (EU).

However, the Sudanese army militarily occupied Abyei region, belonging to the new oil-rich country. The Security Council of the United Nations called on the regime of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, the immediate cessation of the occupation, a request which Piebalgs joined today. The European head of Development stated that the EU wants to create two states "viable and democratic", both north and south, living peacefully.

"We want a new state to fail," said Piebalgs on Southern Sudan, therefore, stressed that both sides must maintain a permanent exchange of "people, ideas, goods and services." However, Piebalgs said that the celebration of the independence referendum and allow you to see "light at the end of the tunnel." In addition, the commissioner said the humanitarian situation in Darfur (western Sudan) is still dramatic and expressed concern about "recurrent violence" and the large number of displaced persons, which prevent the smooth operation of humanitarian programs .

In total, the EU allocates 200 million euros in humanitarian aid to the African country, coordinated by the U.S. administration.

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