Armies of Sudan north, south do not want war: ministers
"We agree war is not an option for us, and we are prepared to build trust between us to achieve a secure and stable situation, regardless of the outcome of the referendum"
- Sudanese Defence Minister Abdel Rahim Mohammed Hussein
Sudan will not return to war regardless of the outcome of a January referendum on the possible independence of the country's south, ministers from the two regions said on Thursday.
"During our dialogue, yesterday and today, we committed ourselves to ensuring that the SPLA (former southern rebel army) and SAF (Sudan Armed Forces of the north) don't go to war again," he told the same news conference.
Sudan, Africa's biggest nation, is scheduled to stage two ballots on January 9: one on the independence of southern Sudan and the other on whether the oil-rich region of Abyei should link up with the north or south.