Sudan ruling party accuses SPLA of launching military offensive

By: Wasil Ali

October 20, 2007 (Sudane Tribune)

The Sudanese ruling party accused the southern ex-rebels of occupying a town Al-Kuwaik located south of the White Nile.

An unidentified military source told the government sponsored Sudanese Media Center (SMC) website that Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA) forces are on the offensive to take over some more cities in the region supported by tanks and vehicles.

The source said that the SPLA is massing troops on the eastern bank of the White Nile River in preparation for an attack on Al-Tboon area bordering the states of Sinnar, White Nile and Upper Nile.

However the governor of Blue Nile State Malik Agar told Sudan Tribune by phone that he has no knowledge of such news and denied any military movements by the SPLA.

"The SPLM leadership is not aware of any incidents involving our forces" he added.

The United Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) spokeswomen Rhadia Achouri told Sudan Tribune that she has no information on the government claims.

The 2005 peace agreement brokered by the IGAD, US and other western countries ended two decades of civil war between the north and the south.


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