A former Sudan rebel group is
expressing concern that the lack of progress over renewal of a 2005 peace
agreement could cause instability.
The Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA)
signed between southern and northern Sudan effectively
ended the two-decade war between the warring factions.
But an official of the
Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) is accusing its northern partners
of deliberately stalling on key issues of the agreement. The northern Sudanese
dismiss the accusation as disappointing.
whole situation in Sudan is getting into a very dangerous situation. So it is
really very sad to hear one party saying this on the others after this
meeting," said Fouad Hikmat, an analyst with the International Crisis Group.
said there is need for the two parties to find common ground.
always need the two together to work out their differences to have that good
will and whatever they agreed to be implemented in good faith," he said.
said time is limited to reach a full implementation of the CPA.
"It is about how the two
parties are going to negotiate the implementation of the key provisions left
now, given that the time is very short for the general elections," Hikmat said.
He said the former rebels
could not form a party that would have a national appeal.
"The mitigating factor is
clear that south Sudan, unfortunately the SPLM, [was] not able to convert
themselves into a national political party, and therefore, they are pulled
inwardly because of the situation in south Sudan." he said.
Hikmat said a sure way to
resolve the impasse between the two parties is to reach a compromise.
"How could we bring these
two together? I think the only thing is that that could be done soon through a
consensus where all the political forces each can agree on a common agenda,"
CPA controversy comes a week after Washington hosted leaders of northern and
southern Sudan to discuss remaining disputes over the peace deal.
political observers say they fear Sudan could be dragged into another round of
civil war if disputes surrounding the peace agreement are not resolved soon.