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South Sudan says starts army withdrawal from Sudan border

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 17 Jan 2013 16:07 GMT
Author: Reuters
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ADDIS ABABA, Jan 17 (Reuters) - South Sudan has started withdrawing its army from the border with Sudan to set up a buffer zone between the African neighbours, the government said on Thursday.

The withdrawal would be completed by Feb 4, South Sudan's government said in a statement, adding that it expected Sudan to do the same in what would be a step forward in efforts to cool tensions on the border.

Both countries had agreed in September to set up the buffer zone along their disputed border, a condition to restart key oil exports, but have not implemented it yet.

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