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Khartoum - 26 Feb 2012

Sudan and South Sudan clash in South Kordofan

The Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) said they clashed with South Sudanese troops in a border area of South Kordofan on Sunday, putting the recently signed non-aggression pact into question.

SAF spokesman Al Sawarmi Khaled Saad told Reuters that South Sudanese and rebel forces from South Kordofan attacked the Bahr al-Abayd area at 3:00 a.m.

Saad said the fighting is continuing as Juba does not respect the peace pact, signed in Addis Ababa and mediated by the African Union, to calm fears that rising tensions since the South’s secession could spark a return to war.

The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North denied the accusations of the SAF.

SPLM-N spokesman Arnu Ngutulu Lodi told Radio Tamazuj the allegations were ‘false and baseless’.

He said there was an operation carried out by the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF), in a joint mission between the SPLM-N and the Justice and Equality Movement.

Lodi described the area as now fully under the control of the SRF.