The border area between Sudan and South Sudan is still in tension following Sudan’s alleged air bombardment amid this month, the SPLA spokesperson Col. Philip Aguer told Gurtong yesterday.
Aguer confirmed panic and tension to be high as landmines imported by Sudan Armed Forces, (SAF) through rebel groups are planted and handled by renegade personnel, and that SAF antiknock planes still hover along the border airspace.
“The border region is still in tension because of the deployment of large SAFs in places of Abukedma, Karasana, and Heglig at the border. SAF continues to deploy in the region and control the area using heavy landmines, ant tongues, and antipersonnel,” Col. Philip Aguer disclosed.
“These landmines are creating a great challenge to developmental organizations and agencies in Unity State. This is manning and killing civilians; so far more than 30 civilians have been killed in Mayom County alone,” Aguer revealed.
He also pointed out that, SAF has refused to withdraw its forces from Abyei following agreement between the two countries months ago and continue deploying more forces and planting landmines that are hazarders to the civil population.
Efforts to reach the SAF for a comment on the accusations have been fruitless.
President Salva Kiir condemned the act of bombing and called on continued intervention efforts of the international community and reiterated South Sudan’s commitment to peaceful talks to solve any differences between the two countries.
Aguer also said that, despite the Khartoum aggression, SPLA’s mission is to ensure peace and stability in South Sudan and is committed to its mission.
“SPLA will remain committed to its mission. Will continue to be a peaceful army in the region and spread peaceful culture within the region’s armed forces,” Aguer said.