Sudan has rejected the possibility of UN Security Council involvement in efforts to end weeks of border clashes with South Sudan, which has claimed to have repelled Sudan-backed rebels in overnight fighting.
“Sudan confirms that it rejects any efforts to disturb the African Union role and take the situation between Sudan and South Sudan to the UN Security Council,” Ali Karti, the foreign minister, said on Saturday after a month of deadly clashes between the two nations have triggered international concerns of full-blown war.
The African Union (AU) itself, in a decision last Tuesday, asked the Security Council to endorse its demand that the two Sudans halt hostilities within 48 hours, start talks within two weeks, and complete a peace accord in three months.
But Karti – while expressing full confidence in the AU’s role – said involvement by the Security Council would “give priority to a political position which was announced before and has a hidden agenda”.
He did not elaborate or offer further details.
Sudan’s rejection of the UN Security Council involvement comes as South Sudan announced on Saturday it was ready to withdraw its police forces from parts of the contested border region of Abyei to comply with international demands.
“The minister of interior will enhance the withdrawal of South Sudan’s police force from Abyei… as long as the UN and AU will look after its citizens in the area”, a spokesman said.