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'Sudan to stop hostilities with South'

2012-05-04 08:47

Khartoum - Sudan pledged on Thursday to cease hostilities with South Sudan in accordance with a UN Security Council resolution, but it also warned it has the right to defend itself against "aggression".

"The minister of foreign affairs [Ali Karti] announces that the government of Sudan welcomes the UN Security Council resolution which was issued on Wednesday," said a statement from the ministry's spokesperson.

"The minister further announces that the government of Sudan will fully commit to what has been issued in the resolution about stopping hostilities with South Sudan according to the time limits issued."

Under the UN resolution, Sudan and South Sudan have until Friday evening to end hostilities or face possible sanctions.

Khartoum's pledge came hours after South Sudan's army alleged Sudanese warplanes and long-range artillery bombarded Southern border regions on Thursday.

In its statement, Sudan's foreign ministry repeated charges that South Sudanese troops on Monday occupied a disputed area on the border of Sudan's Darfur region and South Sudan's Western Bahr el-Ghazal state.

This came a day after the South took over another disputed point on the Darfur border, it said, citing further examples of "continuous aggression and attack from South Sudan's army on Sudanese soil until today".

"The government of Sudan hopes the other party will commit to stop the hostilities completely and withdraw its troops from the disputed areas so as not to put SAF [Sudanese Armed Forces] in a situation where it has to defend itself," the foreign ministry said.