Renewed clashes along Sudan/South Sudan border worries UN

New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has expressed grave concern over reports of renewed cross-border violence between Sudan and South Sudan, and called for a ceasefire in the area to end the hostilities that have caused thousands of people to flee the region.

In a presidential statement obtained by PANA in New York Tuesday, the council asked all parties to cease military operations in the border areas and put an end to the cycle of violence, and that both governments take no action that would undermine the security and stability of the other.

It urged the Sudanese and South Sudanese governments to return to direct talks to resolve their political and security issues on the basis of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), the 2005 document that ended decades of civil war and led to South Sudan formally seceding from Sudan last July.

The 15-member body also emphasized the urgency of delivering aid to prevent the current crisis from worsening.

Tensions between the two countries over unresolved border disagreements have continued to simmer and heavy fighting between the Sudanese armed forces and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states has led to a humanitarian crisis and triggered massive displacement

In a related development, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has warned
that the recent clashes are prompting thousands of people to flee their homes and seek for safety in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state and western Ethiopia.

''We are working at establishing a third camp to accommodate the growing Sudanese influx into Ethiopia,” UNHCR spokesperson Fatoumata Lejeune-Kaba said in a statement.

''The new camp is located in Bambasi and will have the capacity to house up to 20,000 refugees when it is completed later this month,'' she said, adding: ''UNHCR is expecting more arrivals into South Sudan and Ethiopia because refugees reported that more communities are on the move in Blue Nile''.
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07 march 2012 07:17:52




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