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With Sudan-South Sudan Conflict on the Brink, Kenya Steps In

Friday, April 6, 2012

NAIROBI -- As conflict continues to rage along the poorly demarcated, oil-rich border separating Sudan and South Sudan, international parties are scrambling to avert full-scale war. The African Union (AU) hosted reconciliation talks Monday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. In a result reflective of the AU’s two-year mediation, however, Northern and Southern Sudanese officials failed to reach any tangible resolution.

The current crisis constitutes the largest scale of violence between the two national armies since South Sudan officially seceded in July 2011. Each side blames the other for instigating the aggression. South Sudan claims its northern neighbor continues to bomb oil fields up to 75 miles south of the border. Sudan routinely accuses the South of bolstering an emboldened insurgency in Sudan’s South Kordofan state. ...

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