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U.S., U.N. urge Sudan, South Sudan to stop fighting
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State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the United States is “deeply disturbed by the escalating hostilities” and “condemns offensive military action by either side.”
South Sudan’s army on Wednesday attacked and seized oil fields in Heglig, which are claimed by Sudan. This attack was “an act which goes beyond self-defense and has increased tensions between Sudan and South Sudan to dangerous levels,” Ms. Nuland said.
Sudan’s government vowed to use “all legitimate means” to retake the oil fields and has warned of “destruction” in South Sudan.
Both governments must end hostilities, withdraw forces that are deployed across the border recognized by a 2005 peace treaty and cease all support for armed insurrections, she added.
Sudan withdrew from talks with South Sudan in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, over what it described as aggression by the south in Heglig.
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was scheduled to meet his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir Mayardit in the south’s capital Juba on April 3. That summit fell apart following the outbreak of fresh hostilities between the two nations.
Mr. Ban also urged Mr. Mayardit to consider holding the presidential summit with Gen. Bashir as a confidence-building measure.
The U.N. Security Council recently warned that the fighting could reignite war between the two nations.
He also discussed the situation with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi on Wednesday.
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About the Author
Ashish Kumar Sen is a reporter covering foreign policy and international developments for The Washington Times.
Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Sen worked for publications in Asia and the Middle East. His work has appeared in a number of publications and online news sites including the British Broadcasting Corp., Asia Times Online and Outlook magazine.
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