Although ordered by the UN to end the relentless violence and fighting between them by May 5, South Sudan and Sudan do not appear to be on the same page concerning potential negotiations.
Pagan Amum, the lead negotiator for Juba, South Sudan’s capital, said that although a letter was sent to African Union mediator Thabo Mbeki, no response has been received from Sudan in order to plan a meeting.
Amum states that Sudan’s incompliance is made evident by their “bombings, ground attacks and refusal to get out of Abyei”, and insists that the UN enforce appropriate sanctions. He further explains that, unlike Sudan, the South has fully abided with UNSC Resolution 2046 stating, “We withdrew our forces from Abyei just like we did from Heglig and we announced the cessation of hostilities.”
On the other hand, Sudan claims that the South has not “stopped funding rebels along its border and it has been fighting for months.”
South Sudan and Sudan have been in conflict over disputes involving oil and borders, particularly after the South seceded from Sudan last July.