Recognition of new state crucial
Published 12/01/2011 | 08:10
Whilst the future of Sudan will ultimately be determined by the Sudanese people and their leaders, the response of the international community to the creation of a new southern Sudanese nation will also be key.
If a slide back to civil war is to be averted, international recognition, not just by the United Nations and global powers but also by the African Union, will be crucial.
Whilst some African leaders may fear that Southern Sudanese independence could encourage other secessions across the continent this need not be the case and did not occur in 1993 when Eritrea seceded from Ethiopia.