The Presidential Advisor and envoy of the president of the Republic to Ethiopia Mustafa Osman Ismail, stressed that the real problem between the Sudan and South Sudan is a security issue in the first place, because of the insistence of the government of South Sudan to host and support the rebellion movements of Darfur, the Blue Nile and South Kordofan, and to finance and send them to the Sudan territories to undermine its security and stability.
In a press conference he held Wednesday at the premises of Sudan Embassy in Addis Ababa, Mr. Ismail reviewed the outcome of the meetings he held with both the Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, and the chairman of thef African High-Level Implementation Panel for Sudan, Thabo Mbeki, besides his meeting with the AU Commissioner, Jean Ping, and the Chairperson of the African Commission for Peace and Security Ramadane Lamamra. Mr. Ismail has presented during the meetings explanation about the clear stance of Sudan on the current developments at its border with the South Sudan, calling for every possible effort and pressure to make the South Sudan withdraw its forces from Heglig immediately and without any conditions.
He pointed out that South Sudan has refused to respond to all the international calls of the UN Security Council, the African Union, the African Peace and Security Council, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in addition to the U.S. State Department, as well as the Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon,.
The Presidential Advisor said that the Minister of Foreign Affairs was now in a tour to a number of African countries in order to clarify the stance of Sudan concerning the current developments on its border with South Sudan.