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Sudan declares state of emergency on border with South

Monday, April 30, 2012

Sudan declared a state of emergency along its border with South Sudan on Sunday, in a move that imposes a trade embargo on the South and suspends the constitution, official news agency SUNA said.

President Omar al-Bashir issued a resolution declaring the emergency in border districts of South Kordofan state, White Nile and Sennar states, it said.

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Sudan conflict still hot
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Sudan has placed its forces near the border with South Sudan on heightened alert and threatened to carry out air raids against armed intruders from the South.

In the meantime, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir has announced plans to withdraw forces from the disputed oil producing region of Abyei, where the fighting in the past two days is known to have claimed over two dozen lives.

His country became independent last July after years of secessionist war. The separation, however, left many border disputes with Sudan unresolved. Sudan and South Sudan are in conflict over rich oil fields in the border area.

AFP, TASS via VOR

Apr 29, 2012

 
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