Sudan and South Sudan to hold talks with AU in Addis

AL JAZEERA

Officials from Sudan and South Sudan are set to meet in the Ethiopian capital on Thursday in a bid by the African Union (AU) to end ongoing clashes and prevent an all-out war between the two neighbours.

Sudan and South Sudan to hold talks in Addis Ababa

The pan-African body on Wednesday said it was deeply concerned by an “escalating security situation” on the border between Sudan and South Sudan, and called for troops to pull back 10km on either side of the border.

Ties between the two neighbours had been tense ever since South Sudan was carved out of Sudan as an independent country last year.

The current dispute is centred around the sharing of oil wealth, and both countries blame each other for the recent clashes around the town of Heglig.

Dialogue

Following AU’s intervention, however, both sides said they were ready to engage in talks.

Rahamatalla Mohamed Osman, Sudan’s under-secretary of foreign affairs, said he was in Addis Ababa “to represent my country in the negotiations… with regards to security along the border”.   Read more…

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