Negotiations Between Sudan and South Sudan
A Two-Track Process Could Facilitate Agreements on Outstanding Issues
After more than a year of deadlocked negotiations, on August 3rd 2012 Sudan and South Sudan reached an agreement on the fees for transporting South Sudan’s oil through Sudan. This development, reported as a major advance in the efforts to normalize relations between the two neighboring states, has been highly welcomed by the international community. However, the agreement is contingent on the parties arriving at solutions to other difficult questions. Meanwhile, both countries are being hit by economic crises following the shutdown of oil production by South Sudan earlier this year, and time is running out for a comprehensive agreement on all outstanding issues. Reorganizing the negotiations along two parallel tracks might be the best way to ensure a rapid solution to the economic difficulties and, concurrently, to find sustainable resolutions to the other more complicated issues.
© 2012 Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF)
Øystein H Rolandsen, Ingrid Marie Breidlid, Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert