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Blue Nile State Conflict Could Have Multiple Effects


Blue Nile State Conflict Could Have Multiple Effects

Blue Nile State Conflict Could Have Multiple Effects

A long time Sudan observer said the escalation of fighting in Blue Nile state between the Sudan Armed Forces, SAF, and Sudan People's Liberation Army, SPLA-northern sector, could have serious and multiple effects in other parts of Sudan. John Ashworth, peace and security advisor to the Sudan Ecumenical Council, said the government of the Republic of Sudan is opening up several fronts that could engulf the country in a full scale war.

He said with the Sudan government currently fighting two civil wars in Darfur and Southern Kordofan, another conflict in Blue Nile state will have negative financial and political implcations. Ashworth added that authorites in Khartoum attacked Blue Nile state to cover up their failures to conduct the popular consultation process in the region, as stipulated in the 2005 Sudan Comprehensive Peace Agreement.

The fighting in Blue Nile state errupted Thursday night with both the SAF and the SPLA pointing an accusing finger at each other for starting the war. The spokesman for SAF, al- Shawarime Khalid stressed that the SPLA in Damazine attacked their positions and his troops then fought back and captured the town.

The SPLM Secretary-General Yassir Arman told reporters in Khartoum Friday that SAF troops attacked the compound of the governor of Blue Nile state, Malik Agar. Agar and most other senior members of SPLA Northern Sector are reported to have fled the Damazine town to an unknown location.

VOA’s John Tanza reached John Asworth in Nairobi, Kenya. You can hear his interview by clicking the link below, or at the top right of the page

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    John Tanza

    John Tanza works out of VOA’s Washington headquarters and is the managing editor and host of the  South Sudan In Focus radio program.
     
    Before joining VOA, John worked in Nairobi, Kenya where he established the first independent radio station (Sudan Radio Service) for the people of Sudan. He has covered several civil wars both in Sudan and South Sudan and has been engaged in the production of civic education materials for creating awareness about post conflict issues facing Sudanese and South Sudanese. John has interviewed South Sudan President Salva Kiir, former Vice President Riek Machar, Vice President Wani Igga, leader of Sudan’s Umma Party Sadiq Al Mahdi in addition to other senior United Nations and U.S government officials in South Sudan and Washington. His travels have taken him across to Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Egypt, Ethiopia, Syria, DRC Congo and parts East Africa where he reported on the South Sudanese diaspora and the challenges facing them.
     
    A South Sudanese national, John enjoys listening to music from all over the world, reads academic books, watches documentaries and listens to various radio stations on the internet.  You can follow John on Twitter at @Abusukon

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