Sudan Sets Conditions for 'Normal' Relations with South

KHARTOUM - Sudan set four conditions on Friday for "normal" relations with South Sudan, after the south ended its 10-day armed occupation of the north's main oilfield.

"Sudan will have normal relations under four conditions," a statement from the foreign ministry said. "South Sudan has to commit to these."

It demanded that the Southern government in Juba "approve and recognize" existing agreements and memoranda on security, including a February non-aggression pact signed by their respective intelligence chiefs.

The foreign ministry also demanded that the South recognize the borders which existed at Sudan's independence from Britain and Egypt on Jan. 1, 1956.

It further called for an end to "all aggression" on Sudanese territory, a removal of Southern troops allegedly in Sudan, and an end to support for ethnic rebels fighting Khartoum in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.

Juba has denied such support.

Lastly, the ministry asked Juba to stop "supporting and hosting" rebel groups from the Darfur region who refused to sign a peace deal with the government.


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