Europeans Understand Sudanese Stance on Oil Issue (29/01/2012)
(Sudan Vision) “It was important to brief African leaders on our position and the position of South Sudan on the issue of oil” Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ali Karti told reporters Saturday in Addis Ababa while commenting on the failure to reach a deal on oil at the African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa. African leaders and mediation have highlighted soundness of Sudan’s stance including the measures taken by the country and submitted a proposal accepted by Khartoum and turned down by Juba, he said. “By rejecting the proposal, Juba has no excuse to show to any other quarter,” he added. According to Karti, several European officials were of the view that Juba’s stances were illogical and that South Sudan’s interest lies in positive response to the proposal. The Minister said African leaders have shown understanding of Sudan’s stances which he described as major achievement and emphasized that Sudan would continue dialogue within the framework of African efforts until a settlement is reached. “African leaders, European countries and representative of organizations have shown understanding of Sudan’s position on oil talks in Addis Ababa,” he said.