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Central African Republic Breaks Diplomatic Relations with Sudan

May 29, 1989

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) _ The Central African Republic cut diplomatic ties with neighboring Sudan and closed its borders after President Andre Kolingba’s plane was refused entry into Sudanese airspace, officials said.

The announcement was read on the Central African Republic’s national radio by Cabinet Secretary Edouard Frank.

Frank said the government was deeply indignant at the ″unfriendly attitude″ of Sudanese authorities.

Kolingba had accepted an invitation to visit ″a friendly country″ and left Bangui Sunday on a ″mission of peace,″ he said.

″As the presidential aircraft approached Sudanese airspace, the pilot was forbidden to enter, despite an authorization given for the overflight by this country and passed to the Central African authorities through the Sudanese embassy in Bangui, dated May 15,″ the statement said.

Despite efforts by the pilot to convince the Sudanese authorities that the president was aboard, the plane was refused permission to proceed.

The statement said authorities in Bangui were ″surprised at the unfriendly attitude of a neighboring, brotherly country with which there has always been excellent relations of friendship and cooperation.″

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