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U.S. voices support for South Sudan's development plans (2)

(Xinhua)

09:27, December 15, 2011

And with its northern neighbor, the south has a number of thorny issues unresolved, including oil revenues and external debt sharing, border demarcation and the status of the oil-rich Abyei region.

"While South Sudan and Sudan have become separate states, their futures remain inextricably linked," Clinton remarked. "South Sudan's ability to attract and keep trade and investment depends on greater security on both sides of its northern border. Right now, conflicts in Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan threaten to spill into South Sudan. These issues must be resolved."

Fighting in Southern Kordofan state first erupted in early June between the Sudanese army and fighters aligned to the Sudan People 's Liberation Army, which became the regular army of South Sudan after its independence, and spilled over into nearby Blue Nile state three months later.

Sudan alleged that conflicts in its two states arose because of military support from the south, a claim denied by South Sudan.

"Reconciliation, agreements, negotiations between former advisories are difficult," Clinton said. "But the United States, our Troika partners, Norway and the UK, the African Union, which has done absolutely fabulous work in this arena, and many others stand ready to help preserve and finalize a hard-won peace."

Turkey, the European Union, the African Union, the United Nations, the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation were among those present at the conference.

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