IGAD issued a statement over the weekend, requesting Sudan’s President Omar Bashir to help in the peace process to end the South Sudan conflict.
The government of South Sudan says it has no objection to the Sudanese President facilitating the peace process.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Barnaba Mariel told Eye Radio that the move will improve bilateral relations.
“I think Omar Bashir can do that, we have no objection because it will solve a lot of problems bilaterally,” Dr Marial said.
“I think IGAD is talking to him because IGAD knows that the rebels are based in Khartoum. So if he takes the advice of IGAD, I think Omar Bashir can pursue the rebels to stop what they are doing, and to come back to negotiate peace.”
However, the Sudd Institute says President Bashir is not qualified to facilitate the efforts to end the crisis because he is not neutral in the conflict.
South Sudan accuses Khartoum of harbouring SPLM-in Opposition forces, an allegation it denied.
Not long ago, Bashir threatened to attack South Sudan if Juba did not disarm Sudan rebels which it is allegedly harbouring and “supporting”.
Meanwhile, Radio Tamazuj reports that Sudanese warplanes dropped bombs on Kauda in the Nuba Mountains today killing a 4-year old child and injuring the child’s mother.
Two jet fighters dropped the bombs at around noon; two of them fell near Kauda Peace Girls Secondary School.
A child of four years old was killed and the mother was injured and three houses were burnt.
Other two bombs, according to the radio, were dropped inside a church compound shattering windows, doors and the roofs of houses.
Sudan has been bombing the south in unaccounted for raids killing civilians yet, Bashir is expected to bring peace to Juba.