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Sudan Condemns US Envoy Statements on North-South Relations

Sudan's Foreign Ministry has condemned statements by a U.S. diplomat who warned of a "poisonous" political atmosphere between Sudan's government in the north and former rebels in the south.

The U.S. special envoy to Sudan, Andrew Natsios, said Saturday that the U.S. is deeply concerned about the health of the peace deal that ended Sudan's north-south civil war in 2005.

Monday, the Sudanese Foreign Ministry responded, saying the statements are inaccurate, and will not help narrow the differences between the two sides.

Natsios made the comments as he wrapped up a 10-day visit to Sudan.

The 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement ended 21 years of fighting between the north and south and created a semi-autonomous southern Sudanese government. Both sides have been critical of each other over missed deadlines for implementing parts of the accord.