Urgent solution needed in Sudan conflict

 Incoming African Union Chairperson and South Africa’s Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma says she’s confident that a solution can be found to quell tensions in Sudan.

“If we don’t get it right who will? I think as Africans we have to have solutions to our problems, they may not be easy solutions but we have to find those solutions,” she said after meeting with former African Heads of State in Pretoria on Wednesday.

The UN Security Council said this week it planned to review whether Sudan and South Sudan were complying with an August 2 deadline to try to settle their disputes. South Sudan, Africa’s newest state, had been fighting with its neighbour Sudan over oil resources situated in the Abyei region.

With observers fearing that a full-scale war may erupt between the two countries, Dlamini Zuma emphasised that a solution needed to be found urgently.

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The Southern African Development Community organ Troika also met in South Africa this week to discuss the conflicts in the region.

“It’s important that we deal with all of these conflicts because if we had a way, we would prevent them from happening even before they start but it’s important that when they start they are dealt with,” Dlamini Zuma said. SAnews.gov.za