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NCP official warns south against manipulation by northern opposition

January 22, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – A high ranking member of north Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) has cautioned south Sudan against plans by the northern opposition to stir up troubles ahead of the near-certain declaration of the region’s independence.

NCP vice-president Nafi Ali Nafi (ST)

Addressing a gathering of youth in Sudan’s central state of Al-Gezira on Saturday, Presidential Assistant and NCP deputy chairman Nafie Ali Nafie warned the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), which controls south Sudan, against plans by the northern opposition to use the outcome of the referendum or pending issues between the north and the south to score “short-sighted political goals.”

Nafie said that the SPLM must realize that the best interest of Sudan and the south lies in preventing the opposition from “fishing in troubled water.”

South Sudan is waiting to be proclaimed an independent state as a result of last week’s referendum which witnessed a landslide vote in favor of secession. South Sudan secession will deny the north billions of dollars in revenues of oil pumped from fields in the south.

The opposition in the north has recently stepped up rhetoric against the ruling party and threatened to stage street protests against the background of south Sudan secession and rising prices of basic commodities.

Nafie said that the north and the south need to maintain cooperation in order to build two viable states in the future. He also expressed hope that the pending issues would not become a bone of contention between the two sides because failure to resolve them would cause mutual.

North and south Sudan are yet to trash out a host of post-referendum issues including security, citizenship, oil and water resources, currency matters, assets and liabilities and international treaties and agreements.