Defence ministers from Sudan and South Sudan met on Monday to discuss border security following weeks of deadly fighting along their disputed frontier, even as reports of violence continued.
South Sudan’s Defence Minister John Kong chaired the meeting with his northern counterpart Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes in the separate Darfur region of western Sudan.
The ministers are part of African Union-led talks on the crisis that are being mediated by former South African president Thabo Mbeki, AFP reports.
Delegations from both countries have been holding talks in the Ethiopian capital following heavy clashes last month that took the foes to the brink of all-out war.
Monday’s meeting was expected to include discussions on setting up a demilitarised border zone, but South Sudan’s chief negotiator Pagan Amum said Sudanese air strikes continued.
“We are calling on Sudan to respect the UN Security Council resolution, to implement it, stop aerial bombardment, stop attacking South Sudan, cease hostilities and talk in good faith,” he said.
Sudan has repeatedly denied the South’s reports of air strikes and Amum did not give details on the reported attacks.
The talks kicked off last week with the South accusing Khartoum of violating an AU plan calling for the cessation of hostilities and a troop withdrawal from the contested Abyei region.
Source – Punchng