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March 30, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudan said Saturday it is closely monitoring the security situation in the neigbouring Central Africa Republic (CAR) following a military takeover last week, raising fears that the instability could spill over into its African neighbours.

Rebels led by Michel Djotodia, a former civil servant, seized power last week in a coup against the then president Francois Bozize. Djotodia, who has installed himself as the new head of state, said on Friday that he would review deals over resources signed by the previous government and has promised to step down after elections are held in 2016.

The CAR shares a border with Sudan’s western Darfur region and the South Sudanese states of Western Equatoria and Western Bahr el Ghazal. South Sudan, which seceded from Sudan in July 2011, is yet to properly demarcate the majority of its borders with Sudan, as well as its other neighbours.

Ongoing border disputes with Sudan have prevented the new nation from clearly defining its often porous and un-demarcated borders with countries like CAR that are currently riven with conflicts.

“We have been closely monitoring [the] current security situation there, especially at our borders. The situation could simply get out of control if it is not monitored properly and carefully. It may slip toward the spiral of a vicious cycle”, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, South Sudan’s minister of information, told reporters.

The government spokesperson said his country has put the military on “maximum" alert, as well as coordinating with the African Union (AU) to control the situation.

He also praised the “adequate, collective reaction” of the AU, which, in line with its code of conduct, does not automatically recognise all coups or attempted coups that become a cause of concern.

“This was why the [African] Union swiftly condemned the military takeover and demanded the immediate restoration of the legitimate, constitutional and democratic institutions. This demonstrates that the African leaders do not tolerate such unconstitutional assumptions of powers. This was a clear message which everybody has found”, he explained.

(ST)

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  • 31 March 2013 06:07, by master

    ho
    south sudan consider new leaders in CA as enemy

    • 31 March 2013 08:30, by julia

      master.
      S.sudan ve no problem with new government of Central Africa. But we want to secure our border. Becozs they re back by Islamis in khartoum.
      Panthou, Deng II.
      There is inter counties match in Bentieu captial of unity state.
      Parieng in the pocket of Biemnom.
      I hope mayom will be beaten
      wish Biemnom championship.

  • 31 March 2013 06:33, by dinkdong

    What do they care? Or are they scare that the same thing might happen in S. Sudan?

    • 31 March 2013 13:24, by Peacocktail

      The CAR Rebel groups power is a composiiton of LRA and janjahweed militia of Sudan import to CAR. there is much need for Maximium security patrol at the Border of South Sudan. Many Element will appear there even Yau Yau group could make their way to CAR because it become Terrorist rebellion not guerilla.
      CAR is number ENEMY follow by DRC becoz they support NCP SAF. SPLA oyee, RSS oyee



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