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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

South Sudan leader says Khartoum has 'declared war'

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir said on Tuesday Khartoum had "declared war" on his country, as violence between the world's newest nation and Sudan intensified.

Kiir made the comment during a meeting with his Chinese counterpart on a visit aimed at shoring up ties with Beijing - a key ally and the largest economic partner of diplomatically isolated Khartoum.

"It (the visit) comes at a very critical moment for the Republic of South Sudan because our neighbour in Khartoum has declared war on the Republic of South Sudan," he said.

Kiir's comment came after Sudanese warplanes bombed South Sudan's oil-rich border regions overnight, as violence between the two neighbours persisted despite international appeals for restraint.

Beijing has called for an end to weeks of border hostilities that saw the South seize Sudan's most important oil field in the Heglig area on April 10 for 10 days. Read More