21 November 2012

Sudan: SAF Deny Bombing South Sudan Saying They Attacked Rebels

Khartoum — Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) spokesperson confirmed carrying out air attack on the Sudanese rebels in Eastern Darfur region but denied hitting South Sudanese state of Northern Bahr el-Gahzal.

Al-Sawarmi Khaled was reacting to statements made by the spokesperson of South Sudanese army Philip Aguer who accused Khartoum's warplanes of bombing Adam Kiir, a location in Northern Bahr el-Ghazal not far from Mile 14 , a disputed area between the two countries.

According to Aguer the Sudanese warplanes killed five civilians. Also, a local official Kuol Athuai Hal, Aweil North County Commissioner, echoed reports about alleged ground movement of Sudanese troops in the area.

"We were surprised by the South Sudan's claims accusing us of attacking a position of their forces within the Bahr-el-Ghazal, he said in statements to official news agency SUNA on Wednesday. He added that these accusations are "a clear recognition" of the South Sudanese support to the rebel Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF).

He further said the SRF "would not have dared to (establish a camp in Alrguibat at 10 kilometers north to the disputed area of Mile 14) without this considerable support it has received from the South Sudan."

Al- Sawarmi reiterated that they attacked the SRF rebels who are present inside the Sudanese territory stressing that the presence of the South Sudanese army in Alrguibat "represents an aggression and blatant military intervention in our territory".

Sudan and South Sudan signed on 27 September a security deal providing to renounce any resort to war or violence, and to settle peacefully their differences. They also committed themselves, in accordance to the agreement, to stop supporting rebel groups from both sides.

However, Khartoum and Juba failed to implement the deal as talks over Abyei and disputed areas are still to resume. Also the mediation has to convene the Sudanese government and Sudan People's Liberation Movement - North to resume talks over humanitarian assistance and political issues.

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