South Sudan and Sudan must stop all military actions against each other and resolve their disputes through negotiations to avoid going back to war, US President Barack Obama said, as he outlined what needs to be done to prevent the conflict from escalating further.
Addressing the people of Sudan and South Sudan in a videotaped message released Friday, Obama said that the heated rhetoric from the two countries has raised the risk of war, but conflict is not inevitable.
“It doesn’t have to be this way...You still have a choice. You still have a chance to avoid being dragged back into war, which only leads to one place, more suffering; more refugees; more death; more lost dreams for you and your children”, he said.
Obama said the government of Sudan must stop its military actions, including aerial bombardments in the South and it must give aid workers the access they need to save lives. Sudan must also end its support for armed groups inside the South, he said.