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UNSC condemns attempts to overthrow governments in Khartoum & Juba


March 6, 2012 (WASHINGTON) – The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Tuesday issued a presidential statement demanding an end to the fighting on the borders of Sudan and South Sudan and for the two countries to honour the non-aggression pact they signed last month.

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British representative Mark Lyall Grant speaks to the press after a meeting of the United Nations Security Council at the UN headquarters (AP)

Since South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan last July, the two countries have exchanged bitter accusations of support for rebels on each side of the border as well as attacks near the poorly defined border regions.

In particular, Khartoum claims that Juba is sponsoring fighters from the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) who are fighting Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) in South Kordofan and Blue Nile. They further allege that the south was the mastermind behind the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) which is an umbrella group that incorporates SPLM-N and Darfur rebel groups.

“The Security Council demands that all parties cease military operations in the border areas and put an end to the cycle of violence. It further demands that the Governments of Sudan and South Sudan take no action that would undermine the security and stability of the other, including through any direct or indirect form of support to armed groups in the other’s territory" the UNSC said in a statement read by Britain’s UN ambassador Mark Lyall Grant, security council president for March.

"The Security Council condemns actions by any armed group aimed at the forced overthrow of the Government of either Sudan or South Sudan. The Security Council affirms its strong commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of both Sudan and South Sudan".

The rare show of unity by UNSC on north-south conflict is likely to put pressure on the two governments amid growing tensions which observers fear could ignite a return to war.

The council also urged Khartoum and SPLM-N to return to negotiating table for talks on ending the war in Blue Nile and South Kordofan on the basis of the June 2011 accord signed between the two sides in Addis Ababa.

Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir scrapped the deal, which addressed the South Kordofan situation, signed by his aide and instructed the army to push forward with military operations. Bashir’s move was a huge setback to the African Union (AU) mediation team led by former South African president Thabo Mbeki.

“The Security Council recalls the 28 June 2011 Framework Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) on political and security arrangements for Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan states, and urges them to return to direct talks to resolve all political and security issues on the basis of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and of the agreed principles of the Framework Agreement. The Security Council urges them to resolve the underlying issues that have fuelled the current conflict in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile, to end all violence, and to agree to an immediate cessation of hostilities".

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says that tens of thousands of civilians have fled the fighting into neighbouring countries.

Sudan has refused to allow aid groups into the states and insisted that the humanitarian situation there is stable despite UN and international assertions to the contrary and US warnings of a famine.

"The Security Council emphasizes the grave urgency of delivering humanitarian aid to avert a worsening of the serious crisis in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile, and demands that the Government of Sudan and the SPLM-N cooperate fully with the United Nations and other humanitarian agencies and organizations, and ensure, in accordance with international law, including applicable international humanitarian law, and guiding principles of emergency humanitarian assistance, the safe, unhindered and immediate access of United Nations and other humanitarian personnel, as well as the delivery of supplies and equipment, in order to allow such personnel to efficiently perform their task of assisting conflict-affected civilian populations in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states".

Khartoum and Juba’s envoys at the UN defended their respective positions.

"We have not started a war. Nonetheless, we were pushed into this. We were forced into this," Sudan’s UN ambassador Daff-Alla Elhag Ali Osman told the council.

Later he told reporters: "We will do our utmost best to chase any aggressor who steps inside our territory".

South Sudan’s envoy, David Buom Choat, said his country had been "unfairly accused" of interfering in the conflict between rebels and the government on the northern side of the border.


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  • 7 March 2012 11:51, by mohammed ali

    I am not sure that will put any pressure on the government of Sudan. Simply because Sudan is alwayes accused from the US, UK & France; nothing new! It is certainly reveals what the SPLA denies all the time.It certainly tells the SPLA, that they are fed up with the SPLA millitary adventures.It also tells them that billigrency & millitarlism is not going to solve your problems,they are getting worse

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    • 7 March 2012 14:18, by Anti Dinka’s

      hahahahaha, this is lovable statement

      even someone who never went to school
      will manage to put out proper statement

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  • 7 March 2012 11:55, by RUMBEK ONE

    Washington should not be biased in this situation where SAF bomb South Sudan territories day and night. Why is US lying to the world that both sides should cease military operations when it is the government in Khartoum which is bombing or shielding our areas.
    Okay if US or Security Council fears Arabs then let them allow us to go in even with our fists and they will see how mighty we maybe.

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    • 7 March 2012 12:43, by Robot

      they should be mad unless political, otherwise the accusation shouldn’t be equalized, our territorial integrity is being violated day and night by bombing.....
      confused body (UNSC).

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  • 7 March 2012 13:03, by Chok Deng

    Gov’t of Sudan should stop hostilities,otherwise it should be held responsible for these problems.It is now transfering mercenaries and hired popular defend forces to the border,to cause atrocites there.Wish them Hell!

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    • 7 March 2012 13:21, by 4Justice

      Re-Read Paragraph 9 Line Number 2 "resolve all political and security issues on the basis of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and of the agreed principles of the Framework Agreement."

      Thomas Jefferson once said "Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God."

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  • 7 March 2012 18:57, by panom lualbil

    Somebody from UNSC who threw up this shit won’t read back these comments or pursue their compromise either.Bashiir is venerable addicted to violate everything but he is fears by them or icc law. However, he careless to continues such devilish act. For instance, he bombed his citizens of blue nile in s sudan’s territory and warned by unhcr but no action against him. He recently violated addis ababa

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  • 7 March 2012 19:09, by morogot batal

    south sudan is overlooked because china and rusia is the parmanent members of UNSC.that are suporting khartoum with their mig 17,20hell antinov etc.they want khartoum to continue robbing oil so that their dept can be paid....no matter comrades. we will be our own UNSC to get the way of defending our teritory, resources and our peoples from the atrocities gangs of khartoum

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    • 7 March 2012 19:35, by morogot batal


      - why dont you ask national criminal party of not completing the CPA ?
      - why dont you ask them of atrocity and war crime in darfur and renewed in blue nile and nuba mt.?
      - why dont you ask them of arming trible ethnic of south sudan ?
      - why dont you ask them of killing civilians

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  • 7 March 2012 19:18, by panom lualbil

    pact by bombed through s sudan’s border [jau] killing 2 citizes of south but nothing was done to him. Our always putting hands down is our crimes to you all worlds. We also have thousands of rebels maneuvering through bushes, who are financing by Bashir like we reported khartom’s code of telephone captured from rebels. But blinded accuse from bashir of his citizens spla/n is recorded without prove

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  • 7 March 2012 19:32, by panom lualbil

    in comparson to the fact we reported. I alread know Bashir will violates this warrant like he usually does but nobody to pursue it. Worlds: Is there anybody out there with transparency in heart to solve issue of south and sudan?

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