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Sudan agrees to halt hostilities with South Sudan

(Xinhua)

15:19, May 04, 2012

KHARTOUM, May 4 (Xinhua) -- The Sudanese government announced on Thursday to halt all hostilities with South Sudan in response to a UN resolution, while reiterating its right to respond to any aggression targeting its lands.

"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.

However, the statement reiterated that Sudan has 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 South Sudan 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.

Also on Thursday, the Sudanese government extended a deadline for the return of South Sudanese to their country until May 20, after the International Organization for Migration said it could not move thousands of South Sudanese all out by the original deadline on May 5.

According to the Sudan Media Center, nearly 15,000 South Sudanese were stranded in Sudan's white Nile State along the border of the countries.

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