Southern Sudan People’s Liberation Movement said its independence from Sudan in July 2011 was a choice made by the people and should be respected by the political elite.
Spokesman for the Southern Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, Puok Both Baluang made this known to Sputnik on Monday.
The comment was made against the backdrop of recent developments in neighboring Sudan, as Sudanese Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok took office in August after being appointed by the Sovereign Council, Sudan’s ruling authority.
On Sept. 12, Hamdok visited South Sudan on his first official visit as the head of the government.
“The secession of South Sudan, or rather its independence from great Sudan in July 2011, resulted in the full will of the Southern Sudan people, their absolute choice through a historic referendum,” Baluang said.
He added that the political elites could only respect the will of the people and their right on the self-determination.
“We highly respect and appreciate the voices, especially from our brothers in the northern part of Sudan, which recently started calling for the reunification of the two states, following the recent political transformations in neighboring Sudan,” the spokesman noted.
He stressed that the countries could achieve the desired economic and political power by strengthening trade relations through partnership agreements.
South Sudan separated from Sudan in 2011 after conducting a referendum.
Despite the generally peaceful separation, there are several disputed territories between the two countries, including the Abyei Area, the Kafia Kingi region, and the town of Heglig. (Sputnik/NAN)
(Edited by Emmanuel Yashim)
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