Sudan and South Sudan continued inching closer to all-out war on Thursday, as the longtime rivals traded accusations designed to paint each other as the aggressor. South Sudan said its northern neighbor had bombed a village in the oil-rich Unity state along the two nations’ contested border. In response, Khartoum accused South Sudan of beating captured soldiers.
Can anything stop the sister nations from renewing a civil war that killed two million people over two decades? There are some suggestions:
The world should pay Sudan for peace, says Mark Tran at The Guardian. The South’s secession was a bitter pill for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to swallow: South Sudan got two-thirds of Sudanese oil reserves, and “the loss of oil revenues has left Khartoum with a financial black hole of about $7 billion.” That’s why diplomats are floating a “grand plan” to make up for the shortfall through a mix of belt-tightening in Khartoum, cash from China and Gulf states, and higher fees for transferring oil from landlocked South Sudan to Sudan’s port. Really, the world ought to just pay off Sudan, he concludes: “$7 billion to buy peace looks like a bargain.”
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