Presidential Assistant Nafie Ali Nafie holds SPLA responsible for conflict in Abyei

Media Monitoring Report, 24 March 2008

The Presidential Assistant and NCP Deputy President for Political and Organizational Affairs, Dr. Nafie Ali Nafie, said SPLA was to blame for the ongoing conflict in Abyei Area.

Mr. Nafie said SPLA is attacking the Messeriya and that was something known to all the people adding that the Government and all its organs were trying to protect the lives of citizens on both sides.

On the other hand, five Messeriya and 30 SPLA soldiers killed yesterday in a clash between Messeriya and SPLA in Khor Obeid, 40 km from Obeinam, in South Kordofan State.

SPLA military source confirmed to the newspaper the occurrence of the incidents on the
route leading to Abyei adding that SPLA casualties were still being counted.


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