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Sudan/ South Sudan – Fighting on the north-south border

Statement by the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
Paris, 27 March 2012

France is extremely concerned by the ongoing fighting on the border between Sudan and South Sudan. It calls for an immediate end to the fighting.

We strongly encourage the two countries to settle their disputes through agreements on the basis of good neighborliness and mutual respect, in particular the respect for each other’s territorial integrity.

The implementation of the previous agreements on the establishment of a demilitarized and internationally monitored border area, as well as the demarcation of undisputed border areas, must be continued on an urgent basis in order to achieve a political settlement of the current tensions. There must be full cooperation with the United Nations to that end.

The meeting scheduled to take place shortly between the presidents of the two States, following the visit to Khartoum by a high-level delegation from South Sudan on March 23, should be able to go ahead despite the recent clashes. It will be a sign of the willingness of each party to resolve the current tensions.

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