Yesterday, April 24, 2012, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir stated that Sudan had “declared war” on the South. Negotiations between the two countries have increasingly been tense since South Sudan gained independence last July. Sudan has accused the South of aiding rebel groups against Sudan, a claim which both the government in Juba and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N) have denied.
The most recent clash has been over the town of Heglig, an oil-rich region and an important source of revenue for both nations. Sudanese forces regained control over the region last week as South Sudan ordered SPLM-N troops to withdraw.
The Sudanese Air Force (SAF) has bombed at least 3 locations in South Sudan. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir stated that Sudan’s “dialogue with these people will be through the gun because they only understand the language of the gun.”
Join us as we encourage the Canadian government to condemn the violence against South Sudan and pressure both nations to end hostilities and resume negotiations on issues still outstanding from South Sudanese secession. Please tell Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird that you are concerned about these acts of war against South Sudan. We, as Canadians, have an obligation to raise our voices in an effort to prevent a war between the two Sudans.
An email template is available below.
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Suggested Subject Line: Prevent War in the Sudans
Dear Mr. Baird,
The Sudanese Air Force has bombed several villages in South Sudan and President al-Bashir has stated that Sudan’s “dialogue with these people will be through the gun because they only understand the language of the gun.”
I am writing because I am concerned about the increasing likelihood of war between the two nations. Canada should use its position as a global leader to not only strongly condemn the violence, but also pressure both nations to end hostilities and resume negotiations on outstanding issues from South Sudanese secession. Canada needs to work with international partners to amplify its pressure. We have an obligation to use our influence in the international community to prevent a war between the Sudans.