Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - European Union (EU) High Representative Catherine Achton is deeply concerned at the escalating armed conflict on the border between Sudan and South Sudan, the EU said in a statement.
“The move by the South Sudanese armed forces to occupy Heglig is completely unacceptable. So is continued aerial bombardment of South Sudanese territory by the Sudan Armed Forces. Both Parties must also stop supporting armed groups in the territory of the other State.” said the statement, made available to PANA.
The statement said the High Representative called on both parties to “cease hostilities, withdraw forces immediately back within their own borders and respect each other's territorial integrity”, in line with the Memorandum of Understanding on Non-Aggression and Cooperation they signed on 10 February.
The statement called on the countries to implement their commitment to establish a Joint Border Verification and Monitoring Mechanism without further delay.
“It is imperative that both parties demonstrate their commitment to resolving their differences peacefully under the auspices of the AU High Level Implementation Panel and deliver on their promise to bring a new spirit of cooperation to their negotiations, as agreed in Addis in mid-March.” the statement said.
It also called for the Summit between the two Presidents to go ahead as soon as possible, adding that the escalating violence in the border region underlines the urgency of putting in place a political process to address the conflicts in Southern Kordufan and Blue Nile.
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