The United States has played a major role in Sudan, backing different regimes that have served their interests, a political analyst says.
In an interview with Press TV, African political analyst, Nii Akuetteh, said that when countries like the United States and China back regimes in Sudan “they see that those regimes are serving their interests, and then they can work with them.”
“They are looking at the south [Sudan] and [are] giving more support to the south,” he added, referring to China.
However, Akuetteh believes that outside interference is not the only issue causing conflict between north and south Sudan and said that “the north has mistreated Southern Sudan for a long time.”
On Sunday, people in southern Sudan began voting in a landmark referendum on independence from the north, hoping that the week-long vote could split Africa's biggest country in two.
The poll is part of a peace agreement that ended decades of conflict between northern and southern Sudan in 2005.
Southern Sudan's leader Salva Kiir has said there is no substitute to a peaceful co-existence between northern and southern Sudan.
But Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has warned that south Sudan would face instability in the wake of independence.
“It is bad governance from the north, and if the north had been willing to make an adjustment, the countries could have lived together.”