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JUBA - 31 Dec 2013

South Sudan calls on the UNSC to force Sudan to desist from violating its airspace

South Sudan has again called on Khartoum to stop violating its airspace and to stop aerial bombardments and ground attacks.

Through its Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, South Sudan held a 20 minute closed-door meeting on Monday with ambassadors from different countries, including the acting Ambassador from Sudan, Awadelkareem.

The meeting was chaired by the Information Minister Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, and included other senior government officials.

According to the Information Minister who is also the government spokesperson, the reason for the meeting was to brief the ambassadors on the encroachments Sudan is making into South Sudan’s territory. Benjamin asserted that Sudan had not only bombed and killed civilians in South Sudan’s Northern Bahr-el-Ghazal State and made ground attacks, but had also kidnapped 17 South Sudanese farmers in Upper Nile.

“On December 26 2012, the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) launched air and ground attacks on civilian targets at Kiir Adem from 8:00 am to midday. During these attacks, 11 bombs were dropped, killing two women and a child. In the afternoon, 14 bombs were dropped around Aweil town, the capital of Northern Bahr el-Ghazal state, totaling 25 bombs in a heavily populated area,” reads part of the press release.

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting released a press statement in which the government of South Sudan called on the UN Security Council to stop Sudan from inflicting aggression on the world’s newest nation.

“The government of the Republic of South Sudan calls for condemnation of Khartoum’s belligerent attitude and urges the UN Security Council to adopt robust measures to force the government of the Sudan to desist from violating South Sudan’s airspace and its territorial integrality. Such robust [measures] could avert further military aggression against South Sudan and thus prevent a renewed armed conflict between the two countries,” reads part of the press release.