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Bashir Calls Two-week Truce In S. Kordofan

KHARTOUM, Sudan, Aug. 23 (UPI) — A cease-fire was declared for South Kordofan while Sudanese officials survey the actions of southern fighters, Sudan’s president said.

Talks between Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and Malik Aggar, leader of the breakaway Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (North), broke down last weekend. Members of the southern rebel force said they were upset that talks didn’t include third parties, the Sudan Tribune reports.

Bashir, the newspaper adds, called for a two-week cease-fire in South Kordofan to assess SPLM-N activities.

Conflict erupted in June following attempts to disarm ethnic Nuban fighters along the border between Sudan and South Sudan. Khartoum denies allegations that it was involved in an ethnic cleansing campaign in the region.

A report from the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights documents serious rights violations near the Nuba Mountains in the region. The report accuses the north’s armed forces and the south’s army of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and other atrocities.

The Sudanese ambassador said the United Nations should wait to discuss the matter until Khartoum conducts its own investigation into the claims.

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