New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed deep concern over the military clashes along the border region of Sudan and South Sudan, and called on the two nations to fully respect and implement the agreements they have already reached on security, border monitoring and the disputed area of Abyei.
A UN statement, which was made available to PANA in New York on Monday evening, quoted Ban as urging the parties to utilize to the fullest extent existing political and security mechanisms to peacefully address their differences.
He also said he welcomes the spirit of cooperation recently shown by the two governments in addressing outstanding post-secession issues, and urged their Presidents to meet as planned in on 3 April.
There have been media reports that the armed forces of the countries clashed on Monday around their shared border region, and that Sudan's President Omar Al-Bashir has suspended plans to attend a meeting with his South Sudanese counterpart, Salva Kiir, on 3 April.
The Governments of Sudan and South Sudan have been in talks aimed at resolving post-independence issues, including agreements reached on the status of citizens of each nation and border demarcation.
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