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World demands South Sudan pullout of Heglig, end to Khartoum’s air raids


April 12, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – A chorus of regional and international organisations reacted with concern on Thursday to heightened tension between Sudan and South Sudan following the latter’s takeover of the Heglig oil-area, urging Juba to withdraw troops and Khartoum to end aerial bombardment of South Sudanese territories.

FILE - Susan Rice (R), U.S. envoy to the UN, speaks next to Russian envoy to the U.N. Vitaly Churkin (REUTERS)

The seizure on 11 April of Heglig oil-producing town by the army of South Sudan from Sudanese forces has created regional and international alarm as the United Nations (UN) and the African Union (AU) strongly demanded that Juba pulls out troops and Khartoum ceases aerial bombardment.

South Sudan justified its occupation of Heglig, which officially lies in Sudan’s border state of South Kordofan, by saying it was responding to ground and aerial attacks launched by the Sudanese army inside southern territories.

Salva Kiir, the southern president, refused on Thursday to heed calls from the UN and AU to withdraw his troops while his Sudanese counterpart Omer Al-Bashir accused South Sudan of seeking war and vowed to retake the town.

In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, the AU’s Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) held its 317th meeting on Thursday and received briefing on the military escalations along the borders between Sudan and South Sudan.

In an ensuing press release, the AUPSC expressed “deep concern” at the situation on the ground and strong disappointment over the failure of both sides to honor the agreements they signed during post-secession talks under the facilitation of AU mediators led by former South African President Thabo Mbeki.

The AUPSC also condemned in the strongest terms the actions taken by both sides over the last month, saying they “run contrary to all AU and international principles governing relations among sovereign states”.

The council has struck a tough tone on South Sudan, describing its takeover of Heglig as “illegal and unacceptable”, citing the fact that the town lies north of the agreed borderline of 1956 between the two countries.

It went on to demand the “immediate and unconditional” withdrawal of South Sudan’s army from the area.

Similarly, although less intoned, the council demanded that Sudan puts an end to its aerial bombardments in South Sudan.

The council also stressed that both sides should make every efforts to protect oil infrastructure in areas of conflict.

A continent away, meanwhile, the UN Security Council (UNSC) issued a strongly-worded statement in which it expressed deep alarm over the escalating situation and demanded that both sides refrain from hostile activities.

Susan Rice, the US envoy to the council and its rotating president, on Thursday read out a statement saying that the 15 member council "demands a complete, immediate, and unconditional end to all fighting; withdrawal of the SPLA [South Sudan’s army] from Heglig; end to SAF [Sudan’s army] aerial bombardments; end to repeated incidents of cross-border violence between Sudan and South Sudan; and an end to support by both sides to proxies in the other country,"

The council also demanded that both sides redeploy their troops “10 kilometers” outside the 1956 borderline as well as outside the hotly contested region of Abyei, which has been occupied by Sudan since May 2010.

Furthermore, the council urged the two countries to “immediately establish” a safe demilitarised border zone and stick to a deal they signed last year on joint border monitoring.

The council also called on Al-Bashir and Kiir to “meet immediately” in order to compensate for a summit they were supposed to hold on 3 April but was cancelled by Khartoum following earlier fighting around Heglig.

In a press conference held in Geneva Thursday, the UN’s secretary-general Ban Ki-moon echoed similar concerns and urged both government to cease hostilities immediately and arrange for a summit between Al-Bashir and Kiir.

Meanwhile, Sudan’s UN ambassador, Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman, warned that his country would retaliate and strike deep into South Sudan if the latter does not comply with calls for withdrawal from Heglig.

"We in the government of Sudan, we will observe closely the behavior and attitude and the reaction of the government of the South for this call," said Osman. "If they don’t heed it to this call, we will reserve our right to exercise the right of self-defense and we will chase them out; not only that, we will hit deep inside the south."

His South Sudanese counterpart, Agnes Oswaha, told reporters in New York that her country supports UN calls for an end of fighting and was prepared to negotiate with Khartoum.

However, she said that Juba would not order a withdrawal from Heglig unless a mechanism was put in place to guarantee the area could not be used to launch further attacks against South Sudan" and a neutral international force was deployed to the area until the neighbours reached a settlement on the disputed territory.

In Brussels, the European Union has also condemned South Sudan’s capture of Heglig and Sudan’s aerial bombardment of southern territories.

"The move by the South Sudanese armed forces to occupy Heglig is completely unacceptable. So is continued aerial bombardment of South Sudanese territory by the Sudan Armed Forces," a spokesman for the EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said on Thursday.

The EU’s foreign policy chief called on both sides "to cease hostilities, withdraw forces immediately and stop support of armed groups in the territory of each other”.


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  • 13 April 2012 11:23, by Lango2010

    we will chase them deep inside the South and they will run... are you trying terrify us. don’t think u are the supper power over us. let the UN and AU give us 15 more days to see if u can really do that.

    • 13 April 2012 11:31, by Corrector

      I think the real question that most people are asking is what to do with the people of the south after we take control of juba? No one knows. force you into islam like the christians do? take away your children like the australians do? or maybe just throw you out in the nile river. We will live and see. It will take more than 15 days though. Unfortunately.

      • 13 April 2012 18:18, by eye-of-an-eye

        Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman your the big fool, you have nothing to do with south, its not those days of 80s and 90s, if you roar we roar more than the king of the jungle, next will be the doulbe strick that the world have never seen and hear it, we have been patience for quite long and now we are fully prepared to defend our motherland and people, we will never with withdraw unless our dead bodie

    • 13 April 2012 12:28, by WendeMajok

      World demands South Sudan pullout of Heglig, which world?!?! The so-called world calling for a pullout might have hidden projects about South Sudanese Civilians’ killings everynight and day at the North-South borders.
      Option of a peaceful resolution has never worked and people are dying day & night hoping to see final peace deal reached, what do you think "we better finish if we don’t finish them"

    • 13 April 2012 14:32, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      The whole worid should not keep on saying words, but let them come for practical witness who is mistaken first,than talking from far develop country.


    • 13 April 2012 18:31, by eye-of-an-eye

      Lango, We will never withdraw unless SAF to with draw from Abyei, Kafiaganji and other South teritory and full implementation conducted and fully agreed and may be we can withdraw, I swear to God we have no room for any preasure from hell or shit, I rapelstealstiskin try to tell you that who ever you mention International community knows what is going on and what will be by tomorrow, merci!

  • 13 April 2012 11:24, by Corrector

    "The seizure on 11 July of Heglig oil-producing town by the army of South Sudan from Sudanese forces ".. 11th of July? Really ST? Is that your best? At least give the foolish people on your board correct information before they go to war. And you failed to mention the response of the United States against the S.Sudanese aggression. Cowards.. Cowards everywhere i turn.

    • 13 April 2012 11:38, by Lango2010

      you never heard the sound of gun in your life time but this time u will see it, if US is warning south Sudan,it is non of your business mother fucker, bashir is needed by ICC he did not respond. South Sudan will hand him over to the Court recently.

      • 13 April 2012 11:40, by Corrector

        So tell me, how does it feel to start a war with the whole world against you? when your opposition are world wanted criminals? when your adversary take pride in raping your women and killing your children? Do you like that feeling? I sure hope you are.

        • 13 April 2012 11:54, by The Messiah

          There is no whole world against us. the whole world is against terrorists, NCP. Muslims who make suicides. they dont meant to support you but you dont know. we know that. remember when the west promise you debt relieve after South secede but it didn’t. they’re tired of your crying, so they want to give you something to believe, but they dont mean it. you will not understand it too.

        • 13 April 2012 20:30, by Tiger

          Go correct yourself,find your fuckin origin where were your fuckin ancestral were before.you’re not a fuckin Sudanese,look now how the real Sudanese are fighting you everywhere.there’s no world against the Southerners because we had never exercise to your stupid jihadist and terrorist acts.
          my word to you go fuck yourself.

      • 13 April 2012 20:23, by Tiger

        That’s absolutely wrong,Suzan Rice know nothing about the Sudanese history,Arabs want the oil only,and that mean they will chase it and claim any area even deeper in the South where there’s oil.AU,UN are fuckin liars,how come UN and the AU hadn’t stop the Darfurians,Nuba Mountians and the Blue Nile people from being slaughtered by Khartoum Gov?please shut the fuck up.

        • 13 April 2012 20:50, by Tiger

          Whiteman confused the world.
          British colonizers are the one to be blame for the Sudanese Civil war and the currently on going on conflict between the South and the fuckin North,they came to Sudan for their own interest and also left Sudan with too much confusion,mixed up everything,now should be the one telling the world about the rightful owner for this disputed land.

    • 13 April 2012 11:38, by The Messiah


      very wrong reporting indeed. Sudan Tribune reporters have been doing this for years and no one complains. people are not looking into those things but rather the twisted news!

      • 13 April 2012 17:19, by panom lualbil

        keep your fucking nasty mouth away from politics because you always just suport propaganda. Last time I read your notes, I pissed off but I couldnt find you. You love spla but not rebels who stabbed their fellows in the back during war like in heglig now.

    • 13 April 2012 11:42, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      We are fighting with a childless man and we will not listen to whoever give us pressure because we are protecting our right, this pressure is non-other than just to tell the world that they didn’t turned their eyes on Sudan but they will understand well very soon, we will keep fighting until the Khartoum accept our right, we are not being rule by criminal but by the man of his own words and his

  • 13 April 2012 11:28, by Lango2010

    if the world want south withdrawal let them involve in complete resolving the remaining post referendum issues immediately and the SPLA troop will leave or own their mother land " Heglig and Abyei"

    • 13 April 2012 11:34, by Corrector

      What you and any other people here don’t understand that post bashir government are likely to have the exact same position in all of these issues. your problem isn’t bashir, your problem is your weak position. Kill bashir, no one cares, doesn’t mean your problems will go away.

      • 13 April 2012 18:10, by eye-of-an-eye

        Corector, you vomitting like a bitch, South troop will never retreat, we are coming to Khortoum, you fuckin migrants its time to repartriate back to middle east where your grand papas came from we are tired of hosting you in our motherland, you evils, no body can preasure us in our homeland, where were they when Abyei taken by SAF, Kiir will send us again to retake Abyei same way next week get not

    • 13 April 2012 13:39, by Runrach

      Dear Folks,

      To be honest, I might say our out cries as Southern Sudanese seem not to be sounded enough into the ears of those big world figures as we have heard from world leaders urging our president to withdraw our combatants from Panthou/Heglig.How many times have we been bombed in side our own territorial and yet no UN, AU and US been order North Sudan to do so.our enemies must be lobbying.

  • 13 April 2012 11:34, by Machine

    I am glad to hear cries of the International organizations to save the Republic of Sudan from the Republic of South Sudan.It has been disturbing throughout that the black Sudanese in the hands of dictators.I am telling the so-called international community to be fair.I in person know the town in question is beyond the borders of South Sudan.Give abyei to South and we shall talk.

    • 13 April 2012 11:36, by Corrector

      Very funny you talk about fairness. Juba is itself part of the north, and we gave it away to have peace, and you talk about fairness? You were the village idiots of kenya, and we gave you a country and you talk about fairness? Your lucky we have no interest in killing you, we will give you whatever we want, and you will take it like the dog that you are.

      • 13 April 2012 11:42, by The Messiah

        You have a slavery mentality. and that has no cure at this stage until we get rid of this Arabs-wannabes. you dont see your problems because you’re being brainwashed. we will get rid of NIF for you. how did you give us a country for free? you have a mouth to talk but you have no eyes to see. shame on you black arabs.

        • 13 April 2012 11:52, by Corrector

          We didn’t give you a country for free! we gave you a country for the price of peace. WHICH we did not get. technically, you stole a country and most certainly do not deserve it. Shame on you for breaking once the greatest country in africa, and choosing war in every oppurtunity. We should hold negotiations until real men emerge from the south, until then you should deal with the barbarians.

          • 13 April 2012 11:59, by The Messiah

            Sudan is not an Arabs land you dont understand. its ours not given to us by anyone.No one can steal his belonging. we call that insanity. now we have a right to bring this back by helping our Nubian brothers whom you confused in the past. prepare for where you will go and live your live now before its too late. its a great country because of us. bring Osama bin laden back to life to help you fools

          • 13 April 2012 12:40, by Chanson

            @Corrector.Are you confuse or something? Ya jamaa is this fucken son of Nomad confuse?We are the one who have given arabs our land free of charge.Don’t forget that your forefathers where the movers.They move from place-to-place searching for green pasture,at long-run they end up day in and day out in out land,Can’t you get that? that is why I prepare calling you Nomads.Shame on movers.South.s oyee

          • 13 April 2012 12:44, by Xeno


            Fuck you, we didn’t break your ass but claimed our right period. You seem to be sarcastic on every issue but soon or later, you will realize that southerners mean business. fuck off this discussion faggot.

            • 13 April 2012 14:57, by Corrector

              you talk a lot for someone who’s sucking my dick. No teeth and dont look at me, dont wanna see your fucking ugly face.

      • 13 April 2012 11:45, by Lango2010

        u self proclaim arab u don’t have shame u always shout and bake like night dogs and restless like heifer on heat. is it the closure of Heglig oil that u lost recently making all of u running crazy? be patient. there is no more appeasement this time.

    • 13 April 2012 15:15, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

      I am so saddened by International Community hyporcisy. I haven’t seen earlier such hot reactions against Khartoum during invasion of Abyei by Sudan Armed Forces. Rentless bombardment by Khartoum on South Sudan territories and all incited fighting during six years of CPA. These bodies of AU, UN and EU should be fair in their dealings with nations such as South Sudan and others in our situation.

  • 13 April 2012 11:40, by Thiang Geka

    International Community should not calls on SSAF/SSDF to withdraw from Phanthoa, because it is a territory of South Sudan but had been under control of Khartoum. So SSDF has a right to defend and retake any part of SS as in 1956 border including Abyei which is now being held by SAF of Khartoum.

    • 13 April 2012 11:45, by Corrector

      Who cares what you think? International law recognises Heglig as part of the north, thats a matter of fact. And for the record, in the Addis Ababa negotiations, there are five contested areas by the two sides, Heglig WAS NOT one of them. The occupation of heglig was strategic, and SPLA knows it cant stay there for ever.

      • 13 April 2012 14:09, by zulu

        Certainly, the security council has taken the best way of blaming both sides as that they both pull away from abyei and heglig including all border areas and points of contentins; This is a change from what they previousely asked only south sudan to pull away from panthou

  • 13 April 2012 11:54, by Agor

    Why is UN favoring Khartoum when attacked South Sudan. Mr. President do not accept to order withdrawal of troops from Heglig. It is our right and we are behind you. God is with us even if the world is not with us.

    Thanks Mr. President for strong speech you gave yesterday.

  • 13 April 2012 12:19, by Chanson

    Fuck the World demands south Sudan pullout from Heglij. US,AU and EU are fuck up!! Pantou(Heglij) is South Sudan land.The case of Heglij can tell me that the whole World have taken side with the regime Thugs of Khartoum Coz when SAF occupied Abyei by force they don’t even say any word.Now South Sudan have re-taken the land which have been wrongly occupied by the nomads then the are here shit.

    • 13 April 2012 12:30, by Chanson

      Let the nomads come and fight the South.Coz they have been beating the war drum since.Let them strike deep and the will see us depending our land.
      @ Big man Kir! Keep the spirit coz awalet Junub mabe kuop yom shakala nam,nam anina rujal shalla na muut malu(The South Boys fear no war even if we die,Nothing..)That is the slogan.Push the Nomads out of our land.Kirdit!!!Jah bless RSS.

  • 13 April 2012 12:47, by Truly African

    how can SPLA withdraw from thier own territory? they are there to protct it from any foreign invasion. world must focus on catching Bashir and hand him to Mr. Ocampo for trial...we do not respect any Government which is headed by criminals..a childsh gov...a gov that Massacres its own people and loots SS Land and resources..God forobieds..

    let SRF push hard for kaduguli and march to khartoum

  • 13 April 2012 13:38, by DeltaBravo

    What is wrong with this World’s Leaders. Why they don’t tell them before to pull out of Abyei. Now they are in hurry to tell us to pull out. Shame on the UN,AU.

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  • 13 April 2012 16:54, by panom lualbil

    THE PRESIDENT SALVA, should have respected the WORLDS this time to demilitarize SPLA from HEGLG VICINITY. Because of these worlds, there was referendum to become s sudan, instead of continued to fight upto now. We fought them to evacuate HEGLIG for aggravating us, in order for next time not to attemp it again.

    • 13 April 2012 17:28, by Smith

      Sudan is dreaming at the day time..we captured their tanks, shot down their jets and arrested their generals...what other means are they claiming here? SPLA cannot be scare by mouthpieces...Northern Sudanese are tired of war and nobody is now responding to the Mobilization request by the murderous regime..

  • 13 April 2012 20:55, by Tambura

    Who said pull out is the name of movie? International organisations are hypocrite where were they when Omar occupied Abyei ? when he killed in Darfure, when he killed 2 millions people in South Sudan?

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