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UN Chief: S. Sudan Heglig Seizure 'Illegal'

Oil well oozes crude it was hit by bomb shrapnel from fighter jets at El Nar oil field in South Sudan's Unity State, March 3, 2012.
Oil well oozes crude it was hit by bomb shrapnel from fighter jets at El Nar oil field in South Sudan's Unity State, March 3, 2012.

The United Nations chief says South Sudan's seizure of the Heglig oil fields is illegal and violates the sovereignty of neighboring Sudan.

Speaking to reporters in New York Thursday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asked South Sudan to remove its forces from the oil-rich border area, which is claimed by both countries.

"This is an infringement on the sovereignty of Sudan and a clearly illegal act," said Ban, who also called on Sudan to stop shelling and bombing South Sudanese territory and withdraw from the disputed Abyei region.

In South Sudan Thursday, the country's chief negotiator, Pagan Amum, said Juba is ready to halt the fighting.

"The government of South Sudan is ready to sign the cessation of hostilities agreement that was presented to the parties by the panel on 4th of April," he said. "We are ready to sign it now."

Amum went on to say South Sudan wants to ensure both sides withdraw from all contested areas and settle their land disputes through international arbitration.

Bashir threatens war

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir is threatening full-scale war against South Sudan, as fighting continues along the two countries' border.

On Thursday, he said Sudan will teach the south's government "a lesson by force," and vowed to retake Heglig, which southern forces occupied last week.

On Wednesday, Bashir vowed to crush South Sudan's government, likening the south's ruling SPLM party to an insect.

The two Sudans have been unable to resolve disputes over borders, oil, and citizenship issues stemming from the south's independence last July.

African Union mediators have tried to help the sides settle their issues, but made little progress.

In January, South Sudan shut down all oil production because of a dispute over transit fees to use the north's pipeline and port, a move that has resulted in financial loss for both sides.

Starting in the 1980s, north and south Sudan fought a 21-year civil war that eventually led to southern autonomy and independence.

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by: Paul Hennelly
April 19, 2012 1:11 PM
The map is inaccurate. It is wrongly marking Heglig at the site of Muglad. Heglig is close to Bentiu.

by: David Napier
April 19, 2012 12:22 PM
You still have Higlig in the wrong place on your map. Poor!!
David

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