The government in Khartoum has been accused of lying over the bombing of a refugee camp in neighboring South Sudan.
The UN Mission in South Sudan said that at least two bombs were dropped by an aircraft flying in from Sudan into the Yida area on a camp on Thursday. A camp sheltering thousands of refugees fleeing fighting from South Kordofan was damaged.
The Sudanese ambassador to the UN Dafar Aga Al-Osman denied these accusations.
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The United States says that denial is a blatant lie. The US ambassador to the UN Susan Rice said the lie is disturbing to the US and the UN.
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Sudan on the other hand has accused the government of South Sudan of backing militias to fight Sudan. But South Sudan’s deputy ambassador to the UN David Chalat said his government has not supported anybody to fight the government of Sudan.
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Meanwhile Hervé Ladsous, the head of UN’s Peacekeeping department, has told the 15- Security Council member that the relations between Sudan and South Sudan are marked by tensions and there is risk of serious escalation.
Mr. Ladsous said both countries need to resolve outstanding issues.
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The UN Human Rights Commisioner Navi Pillay has warned that the bombings could amount to "international war crimes."
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