Khartoum has repeatedly denied it is carrying out a bombing campaign over southern territory, saying instead it is the victim of its southern neighbor’s aggression.
The U.N. Security Council last month approved a resolution threatening nonmilitary sanctions against Sudan and South Sudan if they do not stop escalating violence and return to negotiations.
The African Union is now trying to help the two Sudans reach a settlement and avoid a return to all-out war. Although Sudan has endorsed the AU’S roadmap to peace, it insists on the right to defend itself militarily.
Kueth said the latest attacks suggest Sudan is not interested in peace talks with South Sudan.
“Maybe they want to decide not to go (for peace talks),’’ he said. “If they are genuine and really serious (about) making this peace process they could have gone before they attack. How could you attack and then you are going to a peace talk?’’
The most recent fighting started last month after South Sudan’s brief capture of the oil-rich town of Heglig, which is claimed and has since been reoccupied by Sudan.
South Sudan gained independence from Sudan last year but has outstanding issues with the north over oil revenue sharing and the border.
Meanwhile Wednesday, Sudan offered
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