Fighting in Southern Kordofan (February 28, 2012)

France deplores the clashes that have been taking place since February 26 in Southern Kordofan between the Sudan Revolutionary Front and the Sudanese armed forces, which have reportedly left many people dead.

France is concerned by this new escalation of violence which threatens to further impair relations between Sudan and South Sudan.

France urges all parties to exercise restraint during this crucial time for the future of the populations of both countries, and encourages them to engage in dialogue in a calm and constructive manner.