Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Abayomi Azikiwe, PANW Editor, Featured on Press TV's US Desk: 'U.S. Part of South Sudan Problem'

US ‘part of' South Sudan problem

Mon Dec 23, 2013 6:12PM GMT US Desk

To listen to this statement by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire, just click on the website below:

Any kind of interference by the US government in an ongoing conflict in South Sudan could make the situation worse in the African nation, says an American journalist rejecting the idea that US involvement could help resolve the crisis.

“I do not believe that the US or the Obama administration has a solution to the crisis,” said Abayomi Azikiwe, Detroit-based editor of the Pan-African News Wire, on Monday.

“I think they are part of the problem and they should be very cautious in regards with involvement in a situation in the Republic of South Sudan,” he said in a phone interview with Press TV.

Azikiwe noted that there have been reports of “aerial strikes on positions of the dissident groups in the Republic of South Sudan by the Ugandan military which is heavily supported by the United States.”

“Further intervention by the United States will not resolve the crisis inside the country,” he warned, suggesting that “It should be resolved by the African Union and possibly through the African Union, the United Nations.” However, he said, there is also “a credibility problem” in regard to the United Nations because the international organization is “perceived as taking sides with one of the factions inside the South Sudanese conflict.”

Before the Southern Sudan Region separated into an independent country (South Sudan) in July 2011, Sudan constituted the largest geographic nation state on the African continent, Azikiwe noted. Sudan was also as a major oil producing state.

But the economies of both nations are now “crippled as a result of the partition,” the journalist said. The production and export of oil in the southern region has been largely paralyzed as a result of ongoing fights as well as disagreement between the two nations over distribution of oil, he said.

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