Sudan's army refutes SPLM accusations of deploying troops at Abyei

09:43, May 09, 2011      

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The Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) has refuted accusations by the Sudan People's Liberation Movement ( SPLM) that the SAF has blocked the roads leading to the country's disputed oil-rich region of Abyei and deployed a great number of its forces at the region, reported UNMIS Radio Miraya FM on Sunday.

"The accusations by Chairman of Abyei Administration Deng Arop that the government in Khartoum has blocked the roads leading to Abyei in a bid to press on citizens of the area to waive the resolutions of the Court of Arbitration in The Hague and the protocol on the region are untrue," Miraya quoted SAF spokesman Al- Sawarmy Khalid Saad as saying.

He added that "the SAF has not deployed any troops at Abyei, except for its soldiers within the joint forces," according to the report.

The SPLM earlier announced that it has included the country's disputed oil-rich area of Abyei in the constitution of the newly born south Sudan state, while the NCP rejected the move.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has earlier threatened that the government would not recognize south Sudan state if Abyei is included in its constitution.

The United Nations, for its part, warned that escalation of the situations in Abyei could threaten the relationship between north and south Sudan governments at a time when south Sudan is preparing to be officially declared independent on coming July 9.

Source: Xinhua
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