Canada Condemns Cross-Border Incursions along Sudan-South Sudan Border

March 27, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Canada denounces the recent cross-border attacks by both Sudan and South Sudan. These actions threaten to reignite direct military confrontation and postpone true peace.

“In a climate of hardening rhetoric and hostile cross-border incursions, Canada strongly urges Sudan and South Sudan to agree to an immediate ceasefire and resumption of negotiations.

“We call on both sides to put an end to the fighting, live up to their international commitments and implement existing bilateral agreements.”

Recent cross-border incursions represent the most serious instances of direct interstate fighting since South Sudan gained independence in July 2011. For information on Canadian assistance to the region, please visit Canada: Active in Sudan and South Sudan.

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