Sudan president announces ceasefire in S. Kordofan

August 23, 2011 17:42

KHARTOUM - Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir announced on Tuesday a two-week unilateral ceasefire in the country's main oil-producing state of Southern Kordofan, after weeks of fighting between government troops and rebels.

Southern Kordofan holds most of Sudan's remaining known oil reserves, after the country's south seceded last month, taking its oilfields with it.

Activists have accused Khartoum of launching airstrikes and attacks, targeting the state's ethnic Nuba group, in a bid to stamp out opposition in the wake of the independence of South Sudan.

The United Nations said tens of thousands have fled the violence and has called for an investigation into reports of human rights abuses in the territory, which borders South Sudan.

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