China urges Namibia to assist in resolving South Sudan unrest

12 Jan 2014 12:00pm
WINDHOEK, 12 JAN (NAMPA) – The Chinese government has come up with a plan to combat clashes in South Sudan with the assistance of the Namibian government.
The Ambassador of the People´s Republic of China to Namibia, Xin Shunkang made these remarks during a media conference held here on Friday.
“We need to follow closely what is happening in South Sudan,” he said.
South Sudan is situated in central Africa. It became an independent state from Sudan on 09 July 2011, following a referendum that passed with 98.83 per cent of the vote.
It is a United Nations member state, a member state of the African Union, and a member state of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development.
South Sudan has suffered internal conflict since its independence.
In December 2013, in what the government called a coup d'état, the Sudan People's Liberation Army faction loyal to president Salva Kiir fought with factions loyal to former vice president Riek Machar. At least 500 people were reported to have been killed in inter-ethnic Dinka-Nuer fighting.
An estimated quarter of a million people are displaced by the fighting.
According to international reports the dispute is about the sharing of oil revenues, as an estimated 80 per cent of the oil in the nation is secured from South Sudan.
Xin said that the Chinese government has come up with a four-point policy to combat the ongoing volatile situation in South Sudan.
He noted that the first point of the policy is that the Namibian and Chinese governments should launch an inclusive dialogue with the two colliding parties, and try to reach an agreement with them.
“The second point is that the international community should intensify efforts to urge both sides to engage peace courts. Thirdly, we must try to improve the humanitarian situation in South Sudan, and fourthly the Chinese and Namibian governments should work together to push the ongoing unrest to an end as soon as possible,” he said.
According to the Chinese diplomat, Namibia is one of the most important countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.
“Because of the good relationship China and Namibia has, we must work together to retain the peace in Africa, especially in South Sudan,” he urged.
China is one of the biggest investors in oilfields in South Sudan through state-owned Chinese oil giant China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC). The fighting forced CNPC to evacuate workers.