Sudan threatens to close border with South Sudan over rebels
KHARTOUM (19 Sep.)

Sudan is threatening to close its border with South Sudan within days if
the government in Juba failed to expel rebel groups from its territory.

The Khartoum government regularly accuses its southern neighbour of
supporting armed movements in the Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan
regions.

Kamal Ismail, state minister of foreign affairs, told state-owned media
that South Sudan had promised to expel insurgencies within 21 days during a
visit by First Vice President Taban Deng Gai last month.

Khartoum would close the common border and stop humanitarian assistance if
South Sudan did not meet this promise, according to the Sudanese minister.

Previously, Lul Ruai Koang, spokesman of the SPLA forces in Juba, told
Radio Tamazuj that they did not receive any official letter from the
government to expel the Sudanese armed movements from South Sudan.

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