“South Sudan has started withdrawing its army from the border with Sudan to set up a buffer zone between the African neighbors, the government said on Thursday.
The withdrawal would be completed by Feb 4, the government in Juba said in a statement, adding that it expected Sudan to do the same in what would be a step forward in efforts to cool tensions between the neighbors.
“By withdrawing its forces…the government of South Sudan is clearly demonstrating its full compliance with the signed security agreements and full commitment to their implementation,” the statement said.
There was no immediate comment from Sudan.
The neighbors came close to war in April in the worst border clashes since South Sudan declared independence from Sudan in 2011.