Sudanese army says determined to expel any illegal force present north of 1956 borderline

07:41, May 27, 2011      

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Sudanese army on Thursday said it was determined to expel any illegal forces present at the area north of 1956 north-south borderline.

The Sudanese army said it would begin expelling the illegal forces as of next week with the aim to impose the law and security, which further complicates the standing tension between north and south Sudan which have not yet agreed over the border issue.

"We are ready and determined to impose the law and security on the area north of 1956 borderline. Any illegal force present north of 1965 borderline must pull out. We will begin implementing this as of next week," Gen. Ismat Abdel-Rahman, Sudanese army chief of Staff, told a student gathering in Khartoum Thursday.

"We are ready to open training camps for the students and the military and logistical equipment are ready," he added.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said earlier that he instructed the Sudanese army to respond to any provocations by the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) without returning to any trend.

However, south Sudan on Thursday reiterated that it would not return to war with the north again because of the recent tension at the country's oil-rich area of Abyei.

"We will not return to the war again. This is our policy and we will not waive it," said President of the south Sudanese government and Chairman of Sudan People's Liberation Movement ( SPLM) Salva Kiir Mayardit at a press conference in Juba Thursday.

He further reiterated commitment of south Sudan to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), saying that "we are committed to sustainable peace and stability and keen on positive relations with north Sudan."

The Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) has recently taken control of Abyei in response to an attack by the SPLA against a SAF convoy which resulted in the deaths of 22 of its soldiers.

A referendum on Abyei was supposed to be held on Jan. 9, 2011, coincident with the south Sudan referendum, but it was postponed in the wake of a difference between the NCP and the SPLM over who have the right to vote in the referendum. The NCP insisted that the northern Sudanese Arab tribe of Mesiria has the right to vote in the Abyei referendum, while the SPLM said that only the southern Sudanese tribe of Dinka Nkok has that right.

Source: Xinhua
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