Sudan goes before Security Council to accuse South Sudan of supporting rebels

South Sudan
November 6, 2011 (Miraya FM)

The Sudanese government has submitted another formal complaint against South Sudan to the UN Security Council, accusing the new country of supporting rebel milita groups in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile States.

Sudan's Permanent Representative to the Security Council, Daffa-alla El Haj Ali Osman, gave the Council "...detailed information explaining the nature of support the South Sudanese government is allegedly giving to the rebels".

Khartoum accused Juba of supplying the rebels in Blue Nile State with "anti-aircraft missiles, tanks, mines, guns and ammunition", as well as an infantry battalion to strengthen the insurgency in the town of Kurmuk.

This is the second time Khartoum has addressed such complaints to the Security Council since South Sudan gained its independence in July.

The Government of South Sudan has denied offering any support to the SPLA-North rebel militia group operating in Sudan.

The Security Council has meanwhile deplored the failure of both the Sudanese and South Sudanese governments to withdraw their troops from the disputed Abyei region, in accordance with an agreement signed by both States in June.

The Council urged the two countries to immediately withdraw their troops without preconditions in an effort to find a settlement regarding the contested border areas.


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