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South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Thursday defied calls from the United States, United Nations and African Union to withdraw his forces from an oil field along the disputed border with Sudan.
The Obama administration and the United Nations on Wednesday urged the governments of Sudan and South Sudan to halt the fighting that has pushed the two nations to the brink of an all-out war.
President Obama on Monday attempted to defuse tensions between Sudan and South Sudan that have ignited international concern that the African neighbors are teetering on the brink of an all-out war.
South Sudan's president said Friday that his country is not arming rebels in two of Sudan's border states, from where more than 50,000 refugees have fled fighting in recent months, according to U.N. estimates.
An escalation of violence with Sudan is challenging South Sudan's fledling government to attract desperately needed foreign investment.
Southern Sudanese and dignitaries from around the world watched the new flag of the Republic of South Sudan be raised for the first time at independence celebrations in the new country's capital, Juba, on Saturday.
Delaying the Jan. 9 referendum on whether to divide Sudan into two countries would create instability and renew violence in the African nation, Sudanese First Vice President Salva Kiir, president of southern Sudan, warned Monday.