Sudan parliament: Juba government our enemy

Sudan parliament: Juba government our enemy

Khartoum : Sudan | Apr 16, 2012 at 9:34 AM PDT
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The government of South Sudan is an enemy, Sudan’s parliament voted unanimously on Monday after southern troops invaded the north’s main oilfield, AFP news reported.

"The Government of Southern Sudan is an enemy and all state agencies to treat it according to this principle," said the Parliament in its latest resolution.

South Sudan gained independence on July 9, 2011, after decades of conflict with the north in which over 1.5 million people died.

Since March 26, 2012, the two armies engaged in a war in the disputed regions around Heglig, each claiming to respond to attacks by the other. This direct confrontation is accompanied by inflammatory statements by authorities from both sides calling for the mobilization of populations to respond to the aggression of the other side.

Khartoum State Governor Abdul-Rahman Al-Khidir said that his government raised four paramilitary brigades of the People’s Defense Force to help the army in fighting against Juba government in south of Sudan.

Ahmed Harun, the governor of South Kordofan has recently given instructions to the Sudanese armed forces clearly suggesting that they should not take prisoners. Harun has been facing an arrest warrant by the International Criminal Court (ICC) since 2007 for his alleged responsibility for the crimes committed in Darfur.

Added to this, there are mutual accusations regarding the alleged support to armed rebel groups. Thus, Khartoum accuses the Government of South Sudan of supporting rebels of Sudan People's Liberation Army - North (SPLA-N) operating in Khordofan and South Blue Nile.

On Saturday, Sudanese warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes on oilfields across the border in South Sudan's Unity state, five people have died and another six have been injured, AFP reported.

South Sudan army spokesman Philip Aguer said that bombing raids elsewhere killed nine civilians.

Meanwhile, the African Union and the United Nation Security Council has called for an immediate cease-fire between the two states.


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Sudan parliament: Juba government our ‘enemy’
Sudan People's Liberation Army ñNorth (SPLA-N) soldier on the front line at Mufalu, South Kordofan state, in Sudan Photo: AFP
saleh1966 is based in Gaza, Ġazzah, Palestine, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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