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Apr 11, 2012

Sudan mobilizes army as South claims key oil field

KHARTOUM/JUBA, April 11 (Reuters) – Sudan said it would
mobilise its army against South Sudan on Wednesday, and halted
talks with Juba over oil payments and other disputed issues
after the South occupied an oilfield vital to the North’s
economy.

With South Sudan in turn accusing Sudan of bombing a village
on the southern side of their 1,800-km (1,200-mile) border, U.N.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United States called for
an end to clashes that threaten to spark a full-blown conflict.

Apr 11, 2012

Sudan halts S.Sudan talks after oilfield attack

KHARTOUM/JUBA (Reuters) – Sudan said it would mobilise its army against South Sudan on Wednesday, calling a halt to talks with Juba on their fraught relations after an attack on an oil field vital to the north’s economy.

With South Sudan in turn accusing Sudan of bombing a village on the southern side of their 1,800 km (1,200 mile) border, the African Union intervened over clashes that threaten to spark a full-blown conflict between the former civil war foes.

Apr 11, 2012

Sudan cuts off talks with South Sudan after new fighting

KHARTOUM/JUBA (Reuters) – Sudan said it would mobilise the army and cut off talks with South Sudan on Wednesday after a flare-up in border clashes raised the risk of a return to all-out war.

South Sudan, which seceded in July, has been locked in an increasingly bitter dispute with its former civil war foe over oil payments and other vital issues, as clashes escalated in the ill-defined border region.

Apr 10, 2012

S. Sudan says it repulsed attack by Sudan in oil area

KHARTOUM, April 10 (Reuters) – South Sudan said on Tuesday
that Sudan had attacked a disputed oil-producing border region
with warplanes and artillery, in the latest flare-up of violence
that has delayed a summit between the former civil war foes.

The South Sudanese army (SPLA) said the town of Teshwin in
the border area had come under attack late on Monday. It said it
repulsed the attack and pursued Sudanese troops into the
disputed Heglig area nearby on Tuesday.

Apr 9, 2012

South Sudanese stranded in Khartoum in legal row

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Scared and confused, hundreds of South Sudanese were stranded at Khartoum airport on Monday after being denied permission to board their flights to the south in a dispute over their legal status.

“We don’t know what to do now,” said one young woman, sitting next to a pile of suitcases and plastic bags outside the heavily guarded front gate of the international terminal.

Mar 31, 2012

South Sudan says clashes with Sudan ahead of talks

JUBA/KHARTOUM (Reuters) – South Sudan said on Saturday the Sudanese army had bombed its positions in the oil-producing border area, resuming a conflict that had eased earlier this week, just hours ahead of new talks.

Trading accusations, Khartoum said South Sudan had supported a rebel attack on a border town in South Kordofan state and was building up troops at the poorly-marked frontier where fighting flared on Monday and Tuesday.

Mar 30, 2012

Sudan, South Sudan to resume talks, don’t want war

JUBA/KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan and South Sudan are expected to resume talks on Saturday, with leaders of the former civil war foes playing down the risks of a war after the most violent border clashes since the country split in two.

The neighbours clashed for two days this week in the disputed oil-rich border region, in the worst direct fighting since South Sudan became independent in July under a 2005 peace deal with Khartoum that ended decades of civil war.

Mar 28, 2012

South Sudan troops withdraw from oil area after clashes

HEGLIG OIL FIELD, Sudan (Reuters) – South Sudan’s troops have pulled out of Sudan’s oil-producing Heglig area, both sides said on Wednesday, easing tensions after two days of clashes between the neighbours threatened to escalate a simmering conflict.

Both the United States and United Nations called on the countries to halt the violence – the worst seen since South Sudan declared independence from Sudan in July, taking most of the country’s known crude reserves with it.

Mar 27, 2012

South Sudan oil field “bombed”, Sudan says hopes to avert war

JUBA/KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan and South Sudan accused each other of launching fresh attacks on oil-producing areas either side of their contested border on Tuesday but Sudan said it hoped the conflict would not escalate into war.

South Sudan said its neighbor Sudan launched airstrikes on major oilfields in its Unity state on Tuesday, in one of the most serious reported confrontations since the South declared independence from Sudan in July.

Mar 27, 2012

South Sudan says Khartoum bombs oil fields near border

JUBA/KHARTOUM (Reuters) – South Sudan said the Sudanese air force bombed key oil fields in a cross-border raid on Tuesday, the latest violence in some of the worst fighting between the neighbours since the South’s secession in July.

Sudan denied any air strikes but said its ground forces had attacked southern artillery positions which had fired at the disputed oil-producing area of Heglig that is partly controlled by Khartoum.

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