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Sudan: Calls for North South border demarkation over arms
Khartoum government has been accused by southern Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), for the chaos caused by illegally armed people in southern Sudan.
SPLA spokesman, Kuol Dim Kuol, said in an interview with the press today that Khartoum government permits the flow of illegal arms into southern Sudan which are used by armed thugs to destabilize the region.
"The demarcation delays along the North-South borders have opened corridors for arms flow into southern Sudan. The government in Khartoum is hoping to destabilize the south and impress on the international community that the south is unable to govern itself," SPLA Spokesperson, Kuol Dim Kuol, has said.
He added that the SPLA can control arms flow if north-south borders are demarcated. He requested that the demarcations are made soon. But Khartoum’s government has denied supplying arms into South, insisting that it is committed to peace and stability in the region.
Recent UN reports state that 250,000 Sudanese were killed last year in cattle raids and ethnic clashes, and 350,000 were displaced from their homes.
Southern Sudan became a semi-autonomous state in 2005 after SPLM signed a comprehensive peace agreement with Khartoum government in 2005 after the two sides fighting for over 20 yrs.Even after the signing of the agreement, there has been disagreement over demarcation of the boarder separating Northern Sudan from southern Sudan.