Egypt Independent

Clinton: Bashir trying to scuttle Sudan peace deal

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is accusing Sudan's leader of trying to scuttle a historic peace deal that created the world's newest country last year.

Clinton told a House panel on Wednesday that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir's regime in Khartoum is actively trying to undermine the government of South Sudan and that the Obama administration will look at new ways to build pressure on them to stop. Her comments came in response to a lawmaker's question about reported bombing attacks on refugees fleeing violence in the south and firefights between southern and northern troops.

South Sudan was created last year after southern Sudanese voted to secede from the north in a referendum required by a 2005 peace deal that ended the country's long-running civil war.