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Sudan announces acceptance to halt hostilities with South Sudan

(Xinhua)

10:11, May 04, 2012

KHARTOUM, May 3 (Xinhua) -- The Sudanese government on Thursday announced its acceptance to halt all hostilities with South Sudan in response to a resolution issued by the UN Security Council ( UNSC) a day earlier.

"The Sudanese government will commit to what has been mentioned in the resolution regarding the cessation of hostilities with South Sudan," said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement, a copy of which was obtained by Xinhua.

However, the statement reiterated that Sudan maintains the right to respond to any aggression targeting its lands.

"Under the repeated attacks and aggressions which have been launched by South Sudan's army against the Sudanese territories until today, the Sudanese Armed Forces will find themselves forced to exercise the right of self-defense," the statement said.

The statement further noted that South Sudan is still continuing its aggression against the Sudanese territories in the areas of "Um Dafouq, Taloudy and Samaha" in addition to occupying disputed areas, in this case "Kafia Kanji and Kafia Debi," not to mention its threat to attack Heglig once again.

The statement expressed the Sudanese government's hope that the South would commit to a full cessation of hostilities and withdrawal of its forces from the disputed areas so that the Sudanese army would not be forced to exercise the right of self- defense.

The UNSC on Wednesday asked Sudan and South Sudan to immediately halt all hostilities and withdraw their armies without conditions.

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