Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Tensions between Sudan and South Sudan continue to escalate

South Sudan last week petitioned the United Nations Security Council, demanding the immediate withdrawal of Sudan Armed Forces from parts of the southern state. The complaint also called for the release of South Sudanese soldiers, allegedly taken prisoner by Sudan. South Sudan's Foreign Affairs Minister Nhial Deng Nhial also called on Khartoum to immediately halt all forms of aggression, fearing a return to all out war.

Also this weekend, the Sudanese government blocked the U.N.'s relief coordinator Valerie Amos from visiting Khartoum, claiming the top official with responsibility for humanitarian issues was not available to meet with her. This claim proves rather disingenuous seeing as how the visit was planned months in advance. Amos planned to use the trip to press high level Khartoum officials to allow greater humanitarian access to the conflict ridden states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

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