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Sudan, South Sudan called upon to reduce tensions

WASHINGTON, Del., June 14 (UPI) -- Foreign ministers of Norway, the United States and the United Kingdom, in a joint statement Friday, urged Sudan and South Sudan to ratchet down border tensions.

The text of the statement, by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide and United Kingdom Foreign Secretary William Hague, called on both governments "to comply fully with all of their September 27 agreements, including ceasing any support to rebel movements in each other's territories."

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The three countries tend to act in concert on matters involving Sudan policy and are known as "the troika." The statement said, "The Troika reminds both sides of the peaceful resolution of their disputes" in a 2012 treaty in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and "calls on them to cease their increasingly hostile rhetoric."

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