US welcomes Indian move in Sudan

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 10:54

Washington: The United States has welcomed
the recent move by India to send its special envoy to Sudan
and South Sudan to broker peace between the two countries,
where New Delhi has sizeable oil interest.

"We welcome that degree of interest," US Special Envoy
for Sudan and South Sudan Princeton Lyman told reporters
during a conference call on Monday.

Lyman said he is looking forward to meet his Indian
counterpart Amarendra Khatua.

Khatua is on a visit to both Juba and Khartoum as India`s
special envoy to help promote peace and protect India`s
interests in other African nations as well.

The Indian move comes three months after China sent its
own special envoy to handle the crisis and protect its oil
interests.

"As you know, both China and India have significant
investments in the oil sector. And as a result, they both have
an interest in a stable and peaceful relationship between the
two countries because much of the oil is in the south, the
infrastructure to export it in the north," Lyman said in
response to a question.

"So we have been in touch on many occasions with the
Chinese, and I`ve been in touch with the new Chinese envoy. I
have not yet met the new envoy from India, but we`re delighted
that they are taking part in diplomatic efforts to both help
ease the tension and encourage the governments to reach an
agreement on oil as well as other issues," he said.

"I think for all of us in the international community,
and that would - it would be true for India as well, to urge a
resolution of the conflicts that are going on, because it`s
hard to see the full implementation of an oil agreement if the
two sides are fighting at the border or if there is continued
unrest in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile that spills over
between the two countries," Lyman said.

"I think for all of us in the international community,
it`s important not only to encourage the governments to reach
an agreement on oil, but to reach an agreement on the issues
that are dividing them so sharply and creating so much
conflict. So it - we all need to engage in a broad diplomatic
effort, not just on one issue," the American Special Envoy
said.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 10:54

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