World Bulletin / News Desk
The South Sudanese army on Wednesday accused Sudan of shelling the northern parts of the oil-rich Unity State on Monday.
Army spokesman Col. Philip Aguer asserted that the Sudanese air force had shelled a number of villages in Unity State, condemning the attack as "unjustified."
Aguer said that the South Sudanese army had failed to react to the shelling because the government had not ordered it to do so.
In an interview with Anadolu Agency, he said that the South Sudanese army was currently awaiting orders, noting that the army had been assigned the mission of defending South Sudanese territory.
He denied reports about the presence of Sudanese opposition fighters inside the country, saying that Khartoum was well aware that elements of Sudan's armed opposition could only be found on Sudanese territory.
Aguer said his government did not have any information as to whether the Sudanese army was engaged in any military operations against the opposition Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) in Sudan's Southern Kordofan region, describing this as a purely Sudanese affair.
The SRF is comprised of major rebel groups from Sudan's restive Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile regions, including both the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army and the Justice and Equality Movement.
It is the first time in two years for Juba to accuse Khartoum of attacking its territory.
Last Saturday, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir visited Khartoum where he met with Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir.
Sudan army denies shelling S. Sudanese state
The Sudanese army has denied accusations by South Sudan that it had shelled the oil-rich Unity State.
"We affirm that we don't have any hostile intention towards the South, and that we don't have any movement on the borders," army spokesman Col. al-Sawarmi Khalik Sa’ad told a press conference on Wednesday.
Col. Sa’ad added that Sudan is awaiting the outcome of Kiir's visit to Khartoum for implementing the joint cooperation agreements between the two countries.
"We are waiting the promises they made regarding the implementation of the security arrangements based on determining the zero line, opening the crossings and facilitating mechanisms to monitor the process of the implementation of the security arrangements between the two countries," he said.
"These mechanisms to monitor the process in the border area and inside each country's territory, so as to leave no room for such an exchange of accusations," he added.Last Mod: 10 Nisan 2014, 10:13