UN Council demands end to Sudan, South Sudan clashes

By REUTERS
April 13, 2012 00:31

UNITED NATIONS - The UN Security Council demanded on Thursday that Sudan and South Sudan stop border clashes which it said threatened to return the east African neighbors to a full-scale war.

A statement from the 15-nation body also insisted that Khartoum stop air strikes and Juba withdraw troops from a vital oil field.

Fighting along the ill-defined border between the former civil-war foes has led to a standoff over Sudan's Heglig oil field after it was seized on Tuesday by troops from South Sudan, which declared independence last year.

Distrust runs deeps between the neighbors, who are at loggerheads over the position of their border, how much the landlocked south should pay to transport its oil through Sudan, and the division of national debt, amongst other issues.


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