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    Sudanese Ruling Party Official Rejects South Sudan Attack Claims

    Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir welcomes his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir for his first visit since southern secession to discuss key unresolved issues that have undermined north-south relations, during his arrival at Khartoum Airport, Sudan, Oc
    Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir welcomes his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir for his first visit since southern secession to discuss key unresolved issues that have undermined north-south relations, during his arrival at Khartoum Airport, Sudan, Oc

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    The spokesman for Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) said the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) is to blame for attacks on South Sudan’s oil fields.

    Rabie Abdelati Obeid said South Sudan President Salva Kiir previously admitted the SPLA “invaded and attacked the oil areas,” in that neighboring country.

    “This is turned upside [down] because, yesterday [Monday], Salva Kiir, the president of South Sudan, declared that forces of SPLA invaded and attacked an area which is a part of Southern Sudan,” said Obeid.  “This accusation is actually against what has been declared and what was acknowledged by the president of Southern Sudan.”

    Obeid’s comments came after Kiir said Sudan’s air force bombed two areas in the South Sudan’s Unity state.

    Kiir said, after the bombing, the Sudanese army also attacked South Sudanese forces and the militia, but were able to repel them.  South Sudan insisted it will not be dragged into a senseless war with its northern neighbor.

    Obeid said the allegations against Sudan sharply contradict Kiir’s admission.

    “The armed forces of the South Sudan government came close to the petroleum area, about four kilometers inside the region, which belongs to the north,” said Obeid.  “That is why our government chased them far away from the area.  Our forces tried to negotiate with them and would not allow them to lift the flag of South Sudan government in that area.  They refused to do so, and then our government tried to drive them away.”

    Obeid insists the army was protecting the country’s sovereignty, as well as maintain stability and peace within Sudan’s border.

    The violence comes a day after both sides accused the other of crossing the tense, poorly marked border separating the two countries.  Both sides claimed they were acting in self-defense and declared victory following the fighting.

    After Monday’s clashes, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir suspended a scheduled April 3rd summit with Kiir that were to be aimed at discussing disputes over the border and oil revenues.

    Obeid said the SPLA attacks undermine the scheduled talks between leaders.

    “They attacked our area and it is not going to be accepted.  This caused the suspension the summit between the two presidents expected to be held to resolve all the outstanding points,” said Obeid.  “[The attack] undermines all the procedures of achieving the resolution of the different points that are still being built between the two parties, which are the outstanding points of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement [CPA].”

    Obeid said tensions between the two neighboring countries do not create a positive atmosphere for scheduled negotiations between the leaders.  And, he warned South Sudan to stop attacking Sudanese territory.

    “They will lose by war what they have gained by peace.”

    The United States has strongly condemned renewed military violence between Sudan and South Sudan and called on both sides to end the air strikes and attacks on the ground.

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    by: christopher kenyi lemi
    March 31, 2012 10:58 AM
    l need oll the south sudan people have to be Equal and good to each other and respect, thanks oll my people in south sudan,

    by: Mr. Logic
    March 29, 2012 4:06 PM
    "our forces tried to negotiate with them" how?
    "our govt tried to drive them away" not logic.
    Logic: how do forces negotiate? how does govt drive forces away? better say SPLA withdrew after "negotiation over phone". UNHAPPY, u guys like to cover ur govt mistakes. Logic: deal on 4 freedoms in Addis divided sudanese authorities into those against & those supporting it...what to do? attack south to provoke SPLA who'll fight & we'll cancel Bashir's juba travel & 4 agreements!!!

    by: UNHAPPY
    March 27, 2012 7:04 PM
    The same military strategist idiot is advising South Sudanese that has been advising Ethiopia's genocidal regime. They think by invading a certain area ahead of the scheduled meeting can get them leverage during discussion. The tow countries leaders were to meet in order to thwart tension that has been building up since oil well shutdown. I'm very skeptical South Sudan leadership knows what it wants. They are not ready to run a country.

    by: Michael Manak
    March 27, 2012 5:34 PM
    THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY HAS BEEN VAGUE IN CONDEMNATION. THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN THE INVADERS AND THOSE ACTING IN SELF DEFEND SHOULD BE CLEARLY STATED. IT IS HIGH TIME THAT GLOBAL VOICES ARE MADE LOUD AND CLEAR AS THE HELPLESS CIVILIANS OF SOUTHERN KORDOFAN AND THE BLUE NILE ARE BOMBARDED DAILY. SUDAN CAN NOT GET AWAY UNPUNISHED THIS.

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