Sudan Frees 5 Captured South Sudan Soldiers

by Colonel on February 7, 2013

“The African neighbors came close to war in April over territory and oil payments, the worst violence since South Sudan seceded under a 2011 peace deal which ended decades of civil war.

Both countries agreed in September to defuse hostilities but have failed to implement several agreements brokered by the African Union to set up a buffer zone to secure the border and restart oil exports from the South through Sudan.

The five soldiers, which SUNA named on its website, were captured trying to infiltrate into South Darfur state, which borders South Sudan, “mid-last year”, he said.

Sudan called on South Sudan to release all Sudanese soldiers in captivity, SUNA said. It did not say how many soldiers Sudan believes are being held in the South, naming only one officer who it said had been imprisoned … for more than two years.

” – (Reporting by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Jon Hemming), Copyright 2013 Thomson Reuters

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