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Sudan Lodges Complaint Against South Sudan With UN, SUNA Says

August 30, 2011

Aug. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Sudan lodged an official complaint against South Sudan at the United Nations Security Council, accusing it of fomenting instability in Southern Kordofan state and Darfur, the state-run news agency said.

South Sudan is supporting rebels in the western region of Darfur, where insurgents have battled government forces for the past eight years, and has troops in Southern Kordofan, SUNA news agency said today, citing the complaint. It has also sent soldiers to the disputed region of Abyei, SUNA said. An official of South Sudan’s ruling party denied the charges.

The complaint came hours after Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said Sudan’s armed forces continued to bomb civilian areas in Southern Kordofan state following President Umar al-Bashir declaration of a cease-fire last week. Government forces have clashed since June 5 in the state with fighters from the northern branch of the ruling party in neighboring South Sudan, which gained independence on July 9.

Martin Majut, an official with South Sudan’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, said in a telephone interview from the nation’s capital, Juba, that the Sudanese charges were “baseless.”

Southern Kordofan is Sudan’s only oil-producing state, accounting for 115,000 barrels a day, according to the energy ministry. South Sudan assumed control of 75 percent of the country’s former daily crude output of 490,000 barrels a day.

--Editors: Karl Maier, Louis Meixler

To contact the reporter on this story: Salma El Wardany in Khartoum through the Nairobi newsroom at selwardany@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net.


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