Last Update 22:22
Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Deadline looms for Sudan, South to pull back forces

Sudan and South Sudan face a United Nations deadline on Wednesday, requiring a withdrawal of troops from the disputed frontier; Khartoum says it will not comply until there is a border agreement

AFP , Wednesday 9 May 2012
Share/Bookmark
Views: 536
Share/Bookmark
Views: 536

The UN's call for a pullout from the disputed frontier by Wednesday is in line with agreements for a monitored demilitarised zone made by Sudan and South Sudan around the time of the South's separation last year. The Wednesday deadline loomed as the South alleged violation of a ceasefire in effect since May 4 along the border.

Both states, Sudan and South Sudan, have failed to implement those agreements, under which they were supposed to pull back 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) from the north-south border that was in place on January 1, 1956, when Sudan became independent.

Under a May 2 UN Security Council resolution which seeks to address "a serious threat to international peace and security", both sides are to establish a "Safe Demilitarised Border Zone" and jointly begin monitoring the frontier.

The demilitarised zone would be monitored by observers from both sides, with security and other support provided by the UN's Interim Security Force for Abyei, or UNISFA, which is based in the contested region of Abyei. But a foreign diplomat has said the two sides "refused to let UNISFA deploy along the border".

The May 2 UN resolution says the call for a demilitarised zone and border monitoring "in no way prejudices" negotiations over disputed areas, and border demarcation. But Sudan's foreign ministry said it already notified the UN and the African Union that it has reservations about the demand for a demilitarised zone.

"First the two states have to agree where the border is and sign an agreement. Then after that we can do the 10-kilometre withdrawal," said the ministry's spokesman Al-Obeid Meruh.

 

Short link:

 

Email
 
Name
 
Comment's
Title
 
Comment
Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.
Latest

© 2010 Ahram Online.