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African think-tank predicts possible “painful split” of Sudan into two countries

August 17, 2010 (JUBA) – The most internationally recognized African think-tank, the Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), has warned of a possible painful split of Sudan into two independent countries.

In a press release issued on Tuesday the Center for Conflict Resolution will organize a seminar in Cape Town, South Africa, on Wednesday next week to discuss the future of the country. “As Sudan faces the prospect of possibly being split into two countries and giving painful birth to a new nation – with a referendum in South Sudan scheduled for January 2011 – world-leading scholar-diplomats on Africa’s largest country will be speaking at a meeting hosted by the Centre for Conflict Resolution.”

Sudanese scholar-diplomat and Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Professor Francis Deng, will be previewing his new book entitled, ‘Sudan at the Brink: Self-Determination and National Unity.’

The meeting, which is chaired by Ambassador James Jonah, former UN Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs, will also be addressed by Dr Jan Pronk, a former UN special representative for Sudan and former minister for development cooperation in the Netherlands, and Ambassador Richard Williamson, a former US special envoy to Sudan.

“The speakers will consider the implications of South Sudan’s forthcoming self-determination vote while a host of key post-referendum issues – such as security arrangements, sharing of water assets and oil revenues, and decisions about currency and national capitals – remain unresolved,” reads the press release.