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South Sudan protests movements by Northern troops in border areas

May 1, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — The First Vice president of South Sudan and president of the government of South Sudan Salva Kiir conveyed to President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir his concern over military movements by northern forces, the official Sudan news agency (SUNA) said today.

Southern Sudanese soldiers from the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) sit on top of a tank (Getty Images)
Southern Sudanese soldiers from the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) sit on top of a tank (Getty Images)
Bashir met today with Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) leading figure Deng Alor who is also the foreign minister who delivered a message from Kiir.

Alor said he discussed the future of political partnership with the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and the situation in the South in the wake of some incidents of violence by parties protesting the recent election results.

The election results were at the heart of tensions in south Sudan, where at least eight people were killed on Friday after men said to be affiliated with a defeated candidate in regional elections attacked an army base.

In another incident last week, three people were killed in the southern Unity state when police opened fire on supporters of a defeated independent candidate for governor Angelina Teny.

Alor also said that Kiir’s letter documented Sudanese movements including in the states of South Darfur and Blue Nile, which is on the northern side of the border but near a spot in the south where Sudanese troops reportedly clashed with southern rebels.

He said that Bashir stressed that both sides should overcome minor problems and promote joint work to reach the grand goal, adding that the troop movements are regular and not for specific targets. Alor also cited Bashir as saying that the armed forces have no interest in causing any problems at this stage where political work is needed, and called on the two armies to move away from border areas by which disputes.

Deng Alor also pointed out that the SPLM will decide over the next two days, political vision for the next stage and the arrangements for post-transition and the formation of new government

Sudan this week wrapped up elections that were seen as a test of democracy in Africa’s largest country, particularly in its south which is preparing for a referendum in January 2011 on whether to declare independence from the north.

(ST)