Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir over the weekend warned of the possibility of civil war between the country’s north and south factions if they are not able to reach accord on certain issues before a referendum on southern secession planned for January.
At a summit of the Arab League in Libya this weekend, Bashir said that issues of border demarcation, citizenship, wealth, national debt, and water should be resolved before the referendum, according to the Sudan Tribune.
Bashir warned that failure to address these issues before January, “threaten to make the process a venue for recreating the military conflict between the north and south,” according to the report.
Bashir also criticized vice president Salva Kiir’s public support of secession, saying that this violates Sudan’s 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). Kiir is president of the southern government and leader of its Southern People’s Liberation Movement.