Sudan President Omar Hassan al-Bashir has gained the support from many African and Arab states in light of the International Criminal Court indictment against him. He has dismissed the charges as an imperialist plot to seize the oil wealth of Sudan., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Sudan’s president orders South Sudan borders reopened
Sun Oct 7, 2012 10:40PM GMT
Sudan is set to reopen land and river border crossings with South Sudan following last month border security agreement reached between the two neighbours.
Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir “ordered the opening of all the highway or river gates on the border,” Sudanese state radio reported in a text message sent to mobile phones on Sunday.
The president made the request after a meeting with Sudan's new ambassador to South Sudan, the official radio added.
The development came as Bashir and his South Sudanese counterpart, Salva Kiir, sealed deals on security and cooperation on September 27 in an attempt to end long-time conflict between the two African states.
After days of talks, the set of agreements were signed in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. The deal included issues related to oil exports, allowing Juba to resume its crude sales, using Khartoum’s pipelines.
The two sides agreed on a demilitarized border buffer zone. Under the deal, troops must withdraw ten kilometers from the de facto line of control along the border.
The UN Security Council called for a quick demilitarization of the border zone, with the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, urging both leaders to put an end to their disputes “so that their summit concludes with a success that marks an end to the era of conflict.”
The neighbors are trying to revive their economies after coming close to all-out war along a disputed frontier in April.