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UN chief chides South Sudan over ‘illegal’ occupation of Heglig


April 19, 2012 (WASHINGTON) – The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on Thursday blasted South Sudan for its occupation of Heglig area in South Kordofan last week calling it “illegal”.

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United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon speaks to the media following a UN Security Council meeting on the crises in both Syria and South Sudan (Photo: Getty Images)

"I call on South Sudan to immediately withdraw forces from Heglig. This is an infringement on the sovereignty of Sudan and a clearly illegal act," Ban told reporters.

"I also call on the government of Sudan to immediately stop shelling and bombing South Sudanese territory and withdraw its forces from disputed territories," he said.

The UN chief’s remarks will likely add to pressure placed on Juba by the international community to withdraw from the oil-rich region.

South Sudan has suggested that Heglig belongs to its Unity State and that it was administratively annexed as part of South Kordofan three decades ago.

Officials in Juba nonetheless have expressed willingness to withdraw if Sudan fulfills a number of conditions including deploying peacekeepers in Heglig, stopping aerial bombardments and for Khartoum to pull out its troops from disputed Abyei border region.

But Sudan insists that the south withdraws without any conditions. The fighting continued around Heglig until Thursday according to reports from both sides but the details remain murky as journalists have not been able to access to the battlefields.

Ban called on both governments to put an end to the fighting.

"I have impressed on both governments the necessity of ending the fighting and returning to negotiations. They have yet to heed our call" he said.

Analysts are fearful that the upsurge in battles will be a prelude to a full blown war between the two sides that would reignite the civil war which ended officially in 2005.


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  • 20 April 2012 11:12, by Michael Angelo

    The so called UN SG Ban Ki moon don’t know the history of Sudan well. The border is not demercate yet & how can he be so sure that panthou belong to Sudan. Sudan annex it by force & there is evidence to support our claim.

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    • 20 April 2012 11:18, by Mi diit

      Ban ki Moon speaks out of ignorance and misinformation. He should talk to Dr Benjamin Marial.

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      • 20 April 2012 11:45, by mathem jech amer

        Mr Ban K-moon

        Please go back first to your country (North Korea), ask them to stop producing chemical weapons before talking in South Sudan affairs.

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      • 20 April 2012 12:16, by Diu J.Kuek

        This so called Ban Ki Moon blind Asian Korean man is too ignorant even he don,t have basic information about South Sudan and Sudan historical background this borders should be define according to English and Egyptian colonial rule he should not talk about two or three decade.
        South Sudan need to be frank with South Korea they have more interests in S.Sudan let them talk with their useless man.

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        • 20 April 2012 12:27, by Diu J.Kuek

          South Korea cantract for Capital City of South Sudan Ramciel survey should be terminate upon lapse of time until further notice.

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      • 20 April 2012 18:20, by Equatoria dominated SPLM


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    • 20 April 2012 13:04, by Thiang Geka

      Ki-Moon just send a commitee to demarcate the 1956 boundary but not recently Jallaba democartated boders, so that it can appear who owns Phanthoa(Heglig).

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    • 20 April 2012 16:00, by Bak0023

      If this Ban Ki Moon Son of bitch can’t justify Northern Sudan occupation of Abyei but want to quickly justify Heglig then he’s better off to shut the fuck up.And for our government I know that we’re probably new to this UN bullshit learn. China pays USA’s debt China have interest in our oil and they have veto power at UN.Stop relaying international Community all the time it’ll make us soft.

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    • 20 April 2012 16:02, by K1 Family

      Stop it F**ken Ban Ki Moon there is nothing you can tell about Sudan history and therefore you should not depending Khartoum greediness.

      everytime when you hear anything from Africa you negatively respond immediately, if you are able then stop chaoes in Asia or your eyes are too small to see from a distant?

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    • 20 April 2012 17:01, by kaci-banno

      Ban-KI Moon become Sudan spoksman at UNSC. he speak with power like someone who knows the border of South and north sudan fully. he has been pulled by lies that Thabo Mbeki reported against South sudan. Wait he will regrette soon

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    • 21 April 2012 14:13, by Ayom Ayom

      Dear all,

      Ban Ki Moon is an illegal man to hold this UN Position Secretary. He is illegal and totally confused

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  • 20 April 2012 11:19, by Chok Deng

    If our right is illegal in the sense of Ben Ki Moon,then his presence in UN seat is illegal.The so-called Ki Moon failed to update himself with informations since the beginning of Panthou problem.What is wrong with this Southerner(Ki Moon)?

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    • 20 April 2012 12:07, by Ruach

      UN SG is too noisy.What a noisy SG!! Heglij/Pan-thou/Wun-Thou is our land.Don’t blame us we are just following 1956 border,not the fake the fake border known to fake SG.Death to u!

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  • 20 April 2012 11:32, by Tut Oyuek

    Ban Ki Moon should not side with Bashir because of the past oil deals between Khartoum and China. Game is changed. We as the Southerners cares a lot about our boundaries with North. You say nothing
    1. When Khartoum invaded Abyie.
    2. When Khartoum aerial bombing civilians in Unity State. Now, you are calling for South Sudan to withdraw form Panthou!! Go to hell with your Bashir sir.

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  • 20 April 2012 11:38, by Truly African

    .HE Kiir should give deaf ears to the so called Ban.
    Mr. Ban why does occupation of heglig by SPLA of great concern to you? Why didn’t you give presure to crimal Bashir when his forces took over Abyei by force and his gov continues to bomb civilian of SS.

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    • 20 April 2012 11:47, by Daniel Buolmawei

      I agreed with you bro African. Ki Moon is out of line and must be ignored. His bias against are getting into our nerves. It is not right the world powerful man consistently condemn us w/something he has no clue. What does he know about the borders between South Sudan and Sudan, if we asked him? You do not condemn people with something you don’t have good research. He’ll regret his remarks in futur

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    • 20 April 2012 12:06, by michael coma

      What the hell is going on with Ban Ki Moon?please if you have power why don’t you solve Israel case with plastine?South Korea and North still have border issues and you did nothing to rescued your people you buyer.We are not leaving Heglig.

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    • 20 April 2012 14:29, by Michael Miyom Minyiel

      Banki Moon has no ears and eyes for his deformity.south will not do so unless it is forced out of Panthou.All these comfusions came out of the people of Abyei who claimed Heglig to be theirs which the Tribunal court put part as it fell out of the map of Abyei

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  • 20 April 2012 11:54, by Emmanuel Ajang Solomon

    UN CHIEF. You are making small mistake not to asked for evidence regarding the 2 SUdans.

    North, is doing what they know because of oil only while they are not denying it at all that the area was annexed by their brothers, in the past Goverment and that is where Arabs united including the rebels fighting the Government today which we are not gong to accept comes what unless by force as usual since

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    • 20 April 2012 12:08, by Chol A.

      Ban, south Sudan clearly seen your stand because your are chinese by national while your country is now alias to Bahir. There is no way to blackmail others that you are head of UN so South will scared. But no withdrawal from this area.

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  • 20 April 2012 12:03, by Tambura

    Where these KiMoon get his fact from that Heglig is Sudan land? I never hear that eating Dog meet can blind somebody when he/she get older..Open your close eyes which opened seven days after you born KiMoon to see the fact.You never been in Heglig who told you lies to you bitch. I know your are Dog’s lover and you love people bark like Dogs. Keep talking like a dog our juju ll knock u out soon...

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    • 20 April 2012 12:13, by Ruach

      Bank Ki Moon.You failed to arrest Bashir for war crimes & crimes against humanity he committed,which he wanted to commit now.You are too noisy.What a noisy SG!!

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  • 20 April 2012 12:07, by Lasu lo Denis

    Mr so called Ban ki moon, you have lost your sense of justice and equality. why have you become biased before you go to history. Is it because your brothers the Chinese had been enjoying our oil during the war and now after war. Are you not ashamed to call Heglig part of the North. you Better resign from the post and join Bashir to fight us in the front line to take Heglig. we will never withdraw

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  • 20 April 2012 12:30, by AdierCien

    In The Name Of The Trinity God Amen

    Ban ki moon must stands away from South Sudan’s affairs with Khartoum administration towards South, how many time did sudan armed forces (SAF) violate territorial integrity but did he attempted one day to calls upon Al Bashir’s administration to pull out his troops from those occupied and renamed after it occupation? Let Ban ki Moon’s organisation that’s UN f

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    • 20 April 2012 12:37, by AdierCien

      ...UN forget bout peace between two Sudans, starting from today let them prepare a grave for peace of two sudans in Newyork, bury it there, let them come back for funeral in Addis Abbba.

      May God bless me & South Sudan.

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      • 20 April 2012 13:18, by Ming Dhal

        You should close your mouth like your Korean/Chines eyes
        Why did you kept silence once Khartoum occupied Abyei? What options do you give to SPLA now? if you want SPLA to withdraw, you make a committee that will demarcate the border within two months while SPLA are still in the area otherwise your talk is like what you guys have been doing between Ethiopia and Eriteria.

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  • 20 April 2012 13:44, by emad

    Well done Mr,Ban, but i want to inform you Sir, that these insects will never go away by peaceful means. we know them very well and we are going to crush them not only inside our territories but within theirs.
    Thanks again Mr, secretary general of the united nations.

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    • 20 April 2012 13:51, by Born-to-Rule

      The secretary general is a total idiot, and so are you fool. Khartoum is business of killing it citizens. Khartoum had killed 2.5 millions southerns and also killed almost a million of Darfurains. South will be in Khartoum god willing. Bashir is the most wanted criminal ... he must hang.

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  • 20 April 2012 13:58, by Luke

    Khartoum Jets has yesterday destroyed the main production in Heglig, how can somebody burndown his own properties if he is sure that Heglig fall to South Kordudan. NCP is destroying their infrstaructure and the oil because they know that they will get nothing from it again even if we go to court.

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  • 20 April 2012 14:09, by Luke

    Ban Ki-moon must be taken to court by S. Sudanese government because he is illegally giving Heglig to the North Sudan without digging the ruote cause of the conflict. there is no where on earth that South Sudanese just give out his property. Ban should not stick on what he called " illegal occupation"

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  • 20 April 2012 14:39, by michael Nhomlau

    Dear fellow cittizen, I think it is waste of our time to comments to Ban Moon speach, this man is already bribed by Bashire. Leave him allone, he do not know what he is talking about, he is talking for the seek of talking, that should not worry us, because his speach will not withdraw our forces out of Panthou. SPLA Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

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  • 20 April 2012 16:11, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

    UN Chief is no longer for UN, he is on his own as Sudanese head of Union of North Sudan (UN - S)and that is why he orders withdrawal of South Sudan Army - (SPLA) without finding root causes of the problem. Anyone looking for solutions should read The book entitled: Root Causes of Sudan Civil Wars by Dr. D. Johnson, head of ABC 2005.
    Ban Ki-Moon, you r very biased indeed on South Sudan.

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    • 20 April 2012 17:52, by Dinkawarrior

      President Kiir is losing popularity among South Sudanese! The releasing of POWs without approval from the Parliament and from South Sudanese people before the war ended cause a lot of tension in the country! He is not ready to justify the constitution rules through his solidarity as a commander in-chief of the Army (SPLA) to brief the country for ongoing situation!

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  • 21 April 2012 02:35, by somebody are Tonj

    We simply haven’t been loud enough in the media and UN conferences regarding our stance. The UN general doesn’t even take into account our *legitimate reasons for occupation in his speech. We look like villains. Why isn’t Salva Kiir speaking, but Bashir has held daily rallies? Where is everybody? The only ones who have done good in voicing our concerns is our army officers and Marial Benjamin.

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  • 21 April 2012 09:10, by E. Defense Forces

    We need regime change in both Sudan.
    wounded SPLA Soldiers in Bentiu
    Scenes from the entry of the Sudanese armed forces Heglig
    Recovery of the Sudanese army to Heglig

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