The Sudanese rebel movement Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North (SPLM-N) has denied the presence of its military forces inside South Sudan.
In a statement issued to the media by the SPLM-N leaders after a meeting with President Salva Kiir in Juba, the group denied having any presence inside South Sudan and expressed readiness to contribute to the normalisation of ties between Sudan and South Sudan.
“We welcome efforts to diffuse tensions and improve ties between the two countries. We will continue to carry our activities in regards to that because we have no military presence inside South Sudan”, reads part of the statement.
Sudan’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Kamal Ismael Saed recently warned that Sudan will stop the transit of humanitarian aid through Sudanese territory to South Sudan and close the borders if it doesn’t implement the cooperation agreement on security.
Last month, First Vice President Taban Deng Gai promised to expel Sudanese rebel groups from South Sudan within 21 days to pave way for the implementation of the security agreement signed between the two countries in September 2012 within the framework of the Cooperation Agreement.