Sudan has called on the government in Juba to honor its commitment and expel the Sudanese armed groups that it is harboring threatening to close the borders if South Sudan does not respond to this request.
Juba had promised the Sudanese government that it will expel armed moments from its territories. State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kamal Ismail said South Sudan’s First Vice President Taban Deng Gai pledged during his recent visit to Khartoum to expel rebel movements from its territory within 21 days.
At the time the Sudanese government warned of the closure of its borders with South Sudan if Juba did not honor its commitments.
The minister further warned that if Juba fails to meet the commitment it has made the government will close its borders with South Sudan and also halts food delivery operations.
Ismail explained they are following the Juba commitment closely. The peace agreement of August 2015 on resolving the conflict in South Sudan states that the transitional government in Juba would expel Sudanese armed movement. An agreement it is yet to honor.
In 2014 President Omar Al Bashir had announced that all citizens from South Sudan fleeing conflict, even those that had voted to secede were welcome back into Sudan and were given freedom of movement throughout the country.Following the outbreak of conflict in South Sudan in December 2013, there has been a constant flow of South Sudanese into Sudan. South Sudanese refugees were previously allowed to move freely within the country, and the majorities have settled in refugee camps in White Nile State.