WASHINGTON – As relations between Sudan and South Sudan continue to remain icy since southern independence in July, the two countries’ regional neighbors are critical in promoting peace between the two Sudans, according to a new Enough Project report.
The report, “The Two Sudans: A Tour of the Neighborhood,” describes the nine countries that border Sudan and South Sudan and details the role that each state can play in bringing peace to the troubled neighbors.
“The two Sudans do not exist in a vacuum; rather, their post-separation negotiations and bilateral relations will be situated within a regional context,” said Omer Ismail, Enough Project Sudan policy analyst and a co-author of the report. “These influential international actors must continue to support initiatives focused on maintaining peace and security between the two Sudans.”
Sudan and South Sudan’s neighbors are Egypt, Libya, Chad, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Central African Republic. The report recommends that these regional states contribute to current peace building initiatives such as the African Union High Implementation Panel.
“Regional neighbors should provide robust support, engagement, and intervention in the process to help ensure the success of peace building initiatives,” said Annette LaRocco, Enough Project Research Assistant and report co-author. “Influential regional actors must push for a reduction of violence in and a permanent solution to the conflicts in the Sudans.”