The Implications of the Crisis in South Sudan on AU Mediation Efforts

South Sudan Crisis adds challenges to the North-South and North-North mediation

Also on the ongoing negotiation process between South Sudan and Sudan was used as an excuse to not focus on democratisation and delivering basic services to the citizens of both countries.  Sudan’s President Al-Bashir could use the ongoing border conflict, the internal schism within SPLM and the nearly genocidal conflict in South Sudan for his own political gain, and could claim that he is the only leader who can stand against the threat of South Sudan and the international community. The border issues were also used by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, the leading political group in South Sudan, to shift the focus from their lack of delivery of services to their people as they are still trying to transform from a liberation movement into a democratic political party.