World Bulletin / News Desk
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, currently visiting Juba, asserted that problems in South Sudan cannot be solved through armed action, saying it is necessary for rivals in this country to sit together to find solutions to their differences.
"We have accepted the partition of Sudan into two states for peace," al-Bashir said in a press conference following a closed-door meeting with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir in Juba.
"Our belief is that armed conflicts cannot solve any problem, and this is why dialogue is necessary for reaching agreement," he added.
Al-Bashir arrived in the South Sudanese capital earlier on Monday on his first visit to the fledgling state since fighting erupted there between forces loyal to Kiir and others loyal to ex-vice president Riek Machar.
Fighting erupted in South Sudan in mid-December between forces allied to Kiir and others allied to sacked vice-president Riek Machar.
The conflict, which had stretched to some of South Sudan's strategic states, had ushered in a humanitarian crisis, as tens of thousands of people sought refuge at United Nations headquarters.
Sources inside the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD), which is now leading a mediation drive between South Sudan's rivals in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, said earlier that Sudan can use its influence and relations with the two parties to reach a political solution,.
Al-Bashir said his country had decided not to offer its backing to the opposition in any neighboring country.
"We tried this before, but we found out that it was a mere waste of time," the Sudanese leader said, without elaborating.
Al-Bashir said he asked his government officials to treat South Sudanese nationals fleeing the violence in their country as Sudanese citizens, not as refugees.Last Mod: 06 Ocak 2014, 18:13