Sudan shuts borders


Sudan’s transitional government ordered immediate closure of the nation’s borders with Libya and Central African Republic, citing security and economic “dangers”.

A statement by the Sovereign Transitional Council said vehicles were illegally crossing the borders with both nations. The council did not give further details about what the “dangers” were.

The announcement followed a meeting between the council and South Darfur State government, part of Sudan’s western Darfur region that has suffered from violence since 2003 when conflict erupted between mainly non-Arab tribes and the Arab-led national government of ousted President Omar Hassan al-Bashir.

Sudan often complains about arms trafficked through its borders with Libya and Central African Republic. Conflicts in both nations left their governments with little or no control of security over swathes of their territory.

The statement did not mention Chad, which has a long border with Sudan’s Darfur region. Chad and Sudan have security pacts in place and joint forces patrol the boundary.