Sudans Report Withdrawal of Armies from Buffer Zone Along Contested Border

From Enough blogs Thu Jan 24 2013, 15:32:13

For months, the two Sudans have been facing off along their contested border. In September, they agreed to establish a buffer zone, 10 km north and south of the agreed upon center line, to separate their armed forces and reduce tension in the region. In the past week, both the governments of Sudan and South Sudan finally reported that their troops have withdrawn on their respective sides of the center line and will withdraw from the Safe Demilitarized Border Zone, or SDBZ.

South Sudan pledged on January 17 that its withdrawal south of the SDBZ would be complete by February 4, 2013. The following day, the Sudanese government pledged to withdraw its forces north of the SDBZ, but did not share its projected timeline. Although delayed, the recent and mutual commitment to withdraw forces is an important step towards ameliorating border violence and complying with their obligations under international agreements.

The border between the Sudan and South Sudan remains under dispute. In the past few months, the lack of an internationally monitored buffer zone has allowed continued violence and cross-border incursions to severely jeopardize civilian security. For example, November 2012 aerial attacks by Sudanese Armed Forces, or SAF, along the contested 14-mile border area in South Sudan's Northern Bahr el Ghazal state resulted in 4,000 displaced people in Jaac.

It has been almost four months since September 27, 2012, when Sudan and South Sudan signed an agreement on security ...

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse

People and Organizations:


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

South Sudan:   Transitional Government to be Formed 'Any Time Now' (news)
Voice of America
29 April 2016

South Sudan’s government and officials for Sudan People's Liberation Movement in Opposition, or SPLM-IO, said they are moving closer to forming a transitional government, which is now several ... [read more]

South Sudan:   U.S. Warns it Could Sanction Leaders (news)
Al Jazeera
28 April 2016

The US would consider imposing sanctions or an arms embargo on South Sudan's leaders if they fail to cooperate in a proposed unity government to end a bloody conflict, a senior official said. South ... [read more]

South Sudan:   UN Strongly Condemns Attack Against Mission Compound in Bentiu (news)
UN News Service
28 April 2016

The United Nations has strongly condemned an attack that took place on 25 April against the compound of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in Bentiu, where a rocket-propelled grenade landed inside ... [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!


Today's Featured News
Mozambique Ruling Party Faces Tough Contest

Renamo supporters: Ruling Frelimo faces a stern challenge at Wednesday's polls from...

Surge in Central African Republic Violence

African Union troops in Bangui (file photo): The UN has expressed alarm...

Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana Get Crucial Wins

Asamoah Gyan of Ghana (file photo): The Super Eagles have boosted their...