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Secretary-General Deeply Concerned at Escalating Rhetoric Between Governments
of Sudan, South Sudan, Calls for Restraint in Managing Border Tensions
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General expresses deep concern over the escalation of rhetoric between the Government of Sudan and the Government of South Sudan, particularly in regard to cross-border support of rebel groups and incursions into one anotherís territory.
The Secretary-General condemns the 10 November aerial bombardment by the Sudan Armed Forces on the Yida area in Unity State, South Sudan, along its border with Sudan, and the impact on civilian lives.
The Secretary-General also condemns the reported establishment of a new military alliance of Darfur rebel movements and the Sudan People Liberation Movement-North, calling for the use of force against the Government.
The Secretary-General calls on all parties to refrain from the use of force and reaffirms that conflict can only be resolved through political dialogue. †He calls on the Governments of Sudan and South Sudan to exercise restraint in managing border tensions and to recommit to a negotiated settlement of outstanding post-Comprehensive Peace Agreement issues.
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