SUDAN THREATENS TO CLOSE BORDER WITH SOUTH SUDAN OVER REBEL PRESENCE
KHARTOUM — Sudan has threatened to close its border with South Sudan if its neighbour did not expel militant groups, the government told state media.
Sudan accuses its neighbour of backing insurgents in the Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan regions that run along its southern border.
South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011 after decades of civil war fuelled by ethnic divides and disputes over oil.
The border, regularly crossed by traders and pastoralists, was closed after the 2011 split and only re-opened last January.
Speaking to state media, Kamal Ismail, a minister of state in the foreign ministry, said that South Sudan had pledged to expel the militant groups within 21 days during a visit last month.
Khartoum would re-seal the border if its neighbour did not meet this promise, Ismail said.
The position of the border, particularly in the contested Abyei area, has been a constant source of tension.
Source: Nam News Network