April 23 - Sudanese fighter jets bomb South Sudan, killing at least three people in an operation that raises tensions along the border. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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Sudanese war planes bomb a market in the capital of South Sudan's oil-producing Unity State Monday. Sudan denied carrying out any air raids, but its president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, ramped up the political tension by ruling out a return to negotiations with the South, saying its government only understood "the language of the gun."
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SUDAN PRESIDENT OMAR AL-BASHIR, SAYING:
"There will be no negotiations with those people. Our talk with them will be through guns and ammunition because this is the only language they understand. They understand nothing except that. We came here to convey the Sudanese people's thanks, to say - thank you for this great victory and you made Sudan a proud nation."
At least three people were killed and ten others injured, some three days after South Sudan pulled out of a disputed oil field.
In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland is calling for an end to the violence.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESWOMAN VICTORIA NULAND, SAYING:
"It is now time for the government of Sudan to stop its aerial bombardment, and for everybody to get back to the table."
South Sudan gained independence last July. But relations between Sudan and the South have steadily deteriorated along their ill-defined border, bringing the two foes to the brink of an all-out war.
Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters.