Sudan army denies shelling S. Sudanese state
By Ayman Elias Ibrahim, Wednesday, April 09, 2014
KHARTOUM – The Sudanese army has denied accusations by South Sudan that it had shelled the oil-rich Unity State.
"We affirm that we don't have any hostile intention towards the South, and that we don't have any movement on the borders," army spokesman Col. al-Sawarmi Khalik Sa’ad told a press conference on Wednesday.
The South Sudanese army on Wednesday accused Sudan of shelling the northern parts of the oil-rich Unity State on Monday.
Army spokesman Col. Philip Aguer told AA that the Sudanese air force had shelled a number of villages in Unity State, condemning the attack as "unjustified."
It is the first time in two years for Juba to accuse Khartoum of attacking its territory.
Last Saturday, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir visited Khartoum where he met with Sudanese his counterpart Omar al-Bashir.
Col. Sa’ad said that Sudan is awaiting the outcome of Kiir's visit to Khartoum for implementing the joint cooperation agreements between the two countries.
"We are waiting the promises they made regarding the implementation of the security arrangements based on determining the zero line, opening the crossings and facilitating mechanisms to monitor the process of the implementation of the security arrangements between the two countries," he said.
"These mechanisms to monitor the process in the border area and inside each country's territory, so as to leave no room for such an exchange of accusations," he added.
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