Sudan adds Blue Nile State clashes to its complaint to UNSC against South Sudan

Sudan adds Blue Nile State clashes to its complaint to UNSC against South Sudan

The Sudanese government said Saturday it has included the incidents in Blue Nile State to its recent complaint to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) against South Sudan's government, Xinhua reported.

The Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Saturday briefed the diplomatic corps here of the developments in Blue Nile State following the rebels' attack against Damazin, capital of the state.

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has addressed the UNSC and sent an official message from the Minister of Foreign Affairs acquainting the council with what happened," Rahamtall Mohamed Osman, undersecretary of the Sudanese ministry of foreign affairs, told reporters.

"What happened in Blue Nile State was an aggression against the Sudanese Armed Forces by the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA). It is similar to what has happened in South Kordofan State," he added.

He went on saying that "we hope the UNSC would live up to its responsibilities and embark on its tasks. There are positive signals from some countries warning the South Sudan government against supporting any hostile movements to the north. We hope these signals would develop to better stances."

He further reiterated the Sudanese government's commitment to peace and stability, saying that "the government has previously reiterated its support and commitment to the political solution to all Sudan's issues. We will continue our endeavors on this path, but if we are forced to defend ourselves, no doubt we will do that. "

Khartoum is accusing South Sudan of supporting the SPLA's northern faction to ignite security tensions at South Kordofan and Blue Nile areas and the Darfur region.

Khartoum last week filed a complaint to the UNSC against the South Sudan government, accusing it of instigating disturbances in Sudan and supporting the rebel movements in South Kordofan and Blue Nile areas as well as the Darfur region.

South Sudan, however, Wednesday denied Khartoum's accusations as baseless.

Binjamin Barnaba, minister of information of South Sudan, reportedly said that "we do not provide any support for the rebels " and denied links between the ruling Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) with the SPLM's northern faction.

Sudanese Army Friday said clashes broke out in Damazin, capital of Blue Nile State in southeast Sudan, between the government troops and the SPLM's northern faction, amid reports of casualties in the fighting.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir Friday declared a state of emergency in Blue Nile State and appointed a military governor for the state in the wake of the armed clashes.

Blue Nile State occupies a strategic location as it borders South Sudan and Ethiopia. The state is also neighboring Sudan's South Kordofan State where similar clashes are taking place between the SPLA and the government troops.

The SPLA's northern faction, which fought alongside the SPLA in the civil war between north and south Sudan, has around 20,000 fighters in Blue Nile State.

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