Former US Official highlights need of air defenses for South Sudan

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Former U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan Andrew Natsios, at an Op-ed in the Washington Post has highlighted the need of air defenses for the newly formed nation failing which it will become vulnerable to attacks by an external air force.

He wrote, "South Sudan is less than a year old. Its war with the North is the result of an imbalance of military power that has encouraged military adventurism. Omar al-Bashir, president of the North and a possible coup target, believes he can secure his future by bombing the South into submission instead of negotiating".

He started by writing that the North and South Sudans are at war and that the reasons for the war are complex but the solution is simple. He went on to say that the US should send weapons to end the war.

He highlighted that the U.S. has already provided $30 million worth of military assistance annually to South Sudan since 2006. In January 2011, US President Barack Obama added South Sudan to the list of countries that are eligible to buy weapons from the U.S. However, this does not necessarily mean that the US will be immediately selling arms to South Sudan.

Earlier in May 2012, Navi Pillay, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights has condemned what she called "indiscriminate" aerial bombings.

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