UN report on South Kordofan 'biased': Sudan

AFP , Tuesday 16 Aug 2011

Sudan says a UN report claiming possible 'war crimes' in the state of South Kordofan is 'biased'

Sudan’s foreign ministry spokesman Al-Ebeid Morawah says speaking of war crimes in South Kordofan is biased and has no evidence

Morawah accused southerners for the violence and of having "started the war and attacked government offices."

A report prepared jointly by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the world body's mission in Sudan details "extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests and illegal detention, enforced disappearances and attacks against civilians" allegedly committed in the troubled state.

The report released Monday covers the period between June 5 and 30.

"If substantiated (the allegations) could amount to crimes against humanity, or war crimes for which individual criminal responsibility may be sought," the report said of the incidents.

It also describes the aerial bombardment of civilian areas in the town of Kadugli, a site of intense fighting between the Sudanese army and Nuba rebels who fought alongside the southerners during the 1983-2005 civil war between north and south.

South Kordofan remained under Khartoum's northern administration when South Sudan became independent last month, but violent clashes since June have been pitting Nuba rebels once allied to southern rebels against the Sudanese army.

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