News / Africa

Thousands of South Sudan Troops Leave Border: SPLA

A South Sudanese army soldier holds his rifle near an oil field in Unity State April 22, 2012. South Sudan says it has withdrawn thousands of troops from the disputed border area. (Reuters)A South Sudanese army soldier holds his rifle near an oil field in Unity State April 22, 2012. South Sudan says it has withdrawn thousands of troops from the disputed border area. (Reuters)
x
A South Sudanese army soldier holds his rifle near an oil field in Unity State April 22, 2012. South Sudan says it has withdrawn thousands of troops from the disputed border area. (Reuters)
A South Sudanese army soldier holds his rifle near an oil field in Unity State April 22, 2012. South Sudan says it has withdrawn thousands of troops from the disputed border area. (Reuters)
TEXT SIZE - +
Charlton Doki
— South Sudan is on target to meet a deadline to withdraw troops from the border with Sudan, after thousands of SPLA soldiers took their weapons and left the contested frontier at the weekend, a spokesman for the South Sudanese army said.

“The withdrawal from Jau has been completed and the SPLA is 10 kilometres south of the buffer zone," SPLA spokesman Philip Aguer said.

Three thousand soldiers were pulled out of Jau, and another 3,000 each withdrew from Kiir Adem and Warguet, in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state, Aguer said.

The pull-out comes after Sudan and South Sudan’s defense ministers sealed a deal this month on a timetable to withdraw troops from all disputed border areas by March 24.

A demilitarized buffer zone will be set up along the border, and will be patrolled by nearly 900 troops from the U.N. force in Abyei, an oil-rich area on the border of the two Sudans, to which both sides have staked a claim.

Sudan has completed the withdrawal of its troops from the border, an official said on television.

A local who saw the SPLA troops pull out said they left with all their weapons and were accompanied by tanks and pickup trucks mounted with machine guns.

Aguer says thousands more troops will be withdrawn from disputed areas in Upper Nile and Western Bahr al Ghazal states over the weekend, and by "the 24th of this month, all the SPLA forces will be out of the buffer zone.”

A force, which will eventually be composed of 90 monitors from each side, is expected to patrol the border to verify that both Sudan and South Sudan are pulling out troops.

Aguer said that the U.N. troops were not yet in place.

"We expected them to be in Jau so that they could verify the SPLA withdrawing. And we are still waiting for them to come and see where the SPLA withdrew to,” he said.

The troop withdrawal is the latest step that the two sides have taken toward  finally implementing a series of agreements signed last September.

Last week, Juba and Khartoum hammered out a timeline for acting on all nine agreements signed in September.

Once the border area has been demilitarized, 10 border crossings are expected to be opened between the two countries.

Locals fear the pullout could create a security vacuum, with less than a thousand U.N.-mandated troops taking over where tens of thousands of South Sudanese and Sudanese troops left off.

You May Like

Wikipedia Proves Useful for Tracking Flu

Technique gave better results than Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Google’s Flu Trends More

Turkish Law Gives Spy Agency Controversial Powers

Parliament approves legislation to bolster powers of intelligence service, which government claims is necessary to modernize and deal with new threats Turkey faces More

Video Face of American Farmer Changing

Average American farmer is now 58 years old, and farmers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Face of American Farmer is Changingi
X
Mike Osborne
April 18, 2014
The average American farmer is now 58 years old, and farmers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population. It’s a troubling trend signaling big changes ahead for American agriculture as aging farmers retire. Reporter Mike Osborne says a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau is suggesting what some of those changes might look like... and why they might not be so troubling.
Video

Video Face of American Farmer is Changing

The average American farmer is now 58 years old, and farmers 65 and older are the fastest growing segment of the population. It’s a troubling trend signaling big changes ahead for American agriculture as aging farmers retire. Reporter Mike Osborne says a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau is suggesting what some of those changes might look like... and why they might not be so troubling.
Video

Video Donetsk Governor: Ukraine Military Assault 'Delicate But Necessary'

Around a dozen state buildings in eastern Ukraine remain in the hands of pro-Russian protesters who are demanding a referendum on self-rule. The governor of the whole Donetsk region is among those forced out by the protesters. He spoke to VOA's Henry Ridgwell from his temporary new office in Donetsk city.
Video

Video Drones May Soon Send Data From High Seas

Drones are usually associated with unmanned flying vehicles, but autonomous watercraft are also becoming useful tools for jobs ranging from scientific exploration to law enforcement to searching for a missing airliner in the Indian Ocean. VOA’s George Putic reports on sea-faring drones.
Video

Video New Earth-Size Planet Found

Not too big, not too small. Not too hot, not too cold. A newly discovered planet looks just right for life as we know it, according to an international group of astronomers. VOA’s Steve Baragona has more.
Video

Video Copts in Diaspora Worry About Future in Egypt

Around 10 percent of Egypt’s population belong to the Coptic faith, making them the largest Christian minority in the Middle East. But they have become targets of violence since the revolution three years ago. With elections scheduled for May and the struggle between the Egyptian military and Islamists continuing, many Copts abroad are deeply worried about the future of their ancient church. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky visited a Coptic church outside Washington DC.
Video

Video Critics Say Venezuelan Protests Test Limits of Military's Support

During the two months of deadly anti-government protests that have rocked the oil-rich nation of Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro has accused the opposition of trying to initiate a coup. Though a small number of military officers have been arrested for allegedly plotting against the government, VOA’s Brian Padden reports the leadership of the armed forces continues to support the president, at least for now.
Video

Video More Millenials Unplug to Embrace Board Games

A big new trend in the U.S. toy industry has more consumers switching off their high-tech gadgets to play with classic toys, like board games. This is especially true among the so-called millenial generation - those born in the 1980's and 90's. Elizabeth Lee has more from an unusual café in Los Angeles, where the new trend is popular and business is booming.
Video

Video Google Buys Drone Company

In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
AppleAndroid