UN, AU call for urgent summit between Bashir and Kiir

By REUTERS
March 29, 2012 20:58

ADDIS ABABA - The United Nations and the African Union on Thursday urged the leaders of Sudan and South Sudan to convene for talks as soon as possible after two days of clashes between the neighbors threatened a relapse into a full-scale war.

South Sudan pulled troops out of Sudan's oil-producing Heglig area on Wednesday after it accused Khartoum of bombing major oil fields and other areas on its side of the border.

Sudan denied the air raids but said South Sudanese troops started the fighting by attacking Heglig, one of the major oilfields left on the Sudanese side of the border.

Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir suspended plans to visit South Sudan on April 3 due to the violence, the worst seen since South Sudan declared independence from Sudan in July last year, taking most of the known crude reserves with it.


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