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More war in Sudan? It's in no one's interest.

The land-grab in Sudan's Abyei region serves no one, not even dictator Bashir who instigated it.

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War again threatens a peace between North and South Sudan that took two decades and 2 million lives to reach, and that is slated to result in a new nation – Southern Sudan – in July.

As if on autopilot, Sudan’s dictator, Omar al-Bashir, has once more resorted to force instead of negotiations to settle a dispute in Africa’s largest country. But it’s a blunt tool that won’t, in the long run, serve the interests of his country, or the region and beyond.

Reminiscent of the long tragedy in Darfur, the Sudanese Armed Forces invaded the town of Abyei on May 21 – burning, looting, attacking, and forcing tens of thousands of people to flee. As the Obama administration rightly stated, it was a “disproportionate” response to an attack by the South on Sudanese troops.

Khartoum’s military now controls the Abyei region, a fertile area near oil fields that’s about the size of Connecticut. It straddles the North and South and is prized by both.


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