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Ceasefire in Sudan vs South Sudan

Sudan and South Sudan on Tuesday agreed on an immediate ceasefire and securing the border and oil areas, among others, during their talks in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, Sudan’s Ashrouq net reported.

According to the report, the two sides reached a six-point agreement, which also include refraining from media escalation and establishing a mechanism by which the African Union (AU) can monitor any tension that may arise between the two sides.

“The two sides have reiterated availability of political will to overcome the crisis of military escalation and their determination to sign the security agreement during this round of talks before moving to the outstanding issues in the coming round of negotiations,” the report said.

The two sides would discuss some remaining differences at the level of political committee, focusing on the causes of recent military escalation on the border between the two countries.

Sudan and South Sudan exchanged accusations on the military escalations between the two sides after South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit admitted that his army had entered the Sudanese territories.

U.S. President Barack Obama earlier urged President Kiir to stop military escalation with Khartoum and urge his army to exercise self-restraint and not to fight on the borderline between the two countries.

Military clashes erupted last week between Sudan and South Sudan armies in Higlieg area in South Kordofan State on the border between the two countries.

Sudan and South Sudan have failed to demarcate their joint border, including Jao which witnessed armed clashes on Feb. 26 in addition to the Abyei area.

Sudan and South Sudan on Feb. 10 signed a Non-aggression Deal to avoid armed conflicts between the two sides.

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