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AU Afraid S.Sudan’s Independence Invite more In Africa

AU Afraid S.Sudan’s Independence Invite more In Africa

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Published by: Concordis International on May 26, 2010
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SOUTH SUDAN ANALYSIS
Reporting without fear or favour
Available via URL:http://sosanews.com/2010/05/26/au-afraid-s-sudans-independence-invite-more-in-africa/May 25, 2010 (OUAGADOUGOU) — The African Union (AU)Commission Chairman Jean Ping, once again renewed his concerns Tuesday aboutSouthern Sudanese vote for separation in a referendum on self determinationscheduled to take place next January.In accordance to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed in 2005, theSouthern Sudanese will decide whether to remain part of the current Sudan or tocreate their own state.South Sudan government officials say Khartoum failed to make unity attractive andpledge to campaign for separation as the ruling National congress Party says it wouldwork to maintain the Sudan as united state.Speaking during the annual commemoration of the establishment of the Organizationof African Unity (OAU) on May 25, 1963 – became African Union in 2002— in thecapital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou Ping told reporters “From the outset we’veargued in favour one of the options, making (Sudan’s) unity attractive”.Ping who organized on May 8 a meeting on Sudan said at the moment it appearsvoters in southern Sudan will support independence.“That’s a major problem for all African countries which could be confronted by similarsituations, that’s what concerns us,” he said.“Such a decision could lead us again to a number of major difficulties, including war.”However, Ping said that if the referendum does go forward “we have no other choicethan to respect the decision of the Sudanese.”In similar remarks on January 29, Ping s expressed concern that other parts of Sudanbeside the South may seen a self determination vote in the future.

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