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Sun Apr 29, 2012, 02:35 PM

Sudan 'declares emergency' on border with South Sudan (BBC)

Sudan 'declares emergency' on border with South Sudan

Sudan has reportedly declared a state of emergency along its border with South Sudan after weeks of clashes.

The decree will apply in the border districts of the South Kordofan, White Nile and Sennar states, according to the state-run Suna news agency.

Meanwhile, South Sudan has said it is willing to pull its police forces out of the disputed Abyei border region.

The current clashes began earlier this month when South Sudan occupied the Heglig oilfield area for 10 days.

The state of emergency "gives the right to the president and anyone with his mandate" to establish special courts, in consultation with the chief justice, according to Suna

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-17887914

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14019202

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