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Apr 29, 2012

In Sudan and South Sudan, questions of nationality

KHARTOUM/JUBA (Reuters) – Sultan Kwaje’s problems started when his country disappeared from under him.

He was born in the southern part of Sudan but has lived in the north for more than three decades. When South Sudan broke away as an independent country from Sudan in July, Kwaje was left on the northern side of the border, a foreigner.

Apr 29, 2012

South Sudan says to quit border zone, seeks end to clashes

JUBA (Reuters) – South Sudan has told the United Nations it will pull all police out of a disputed region on its border with Sudan and is committed to halting all fighting with its northern neighbor, but Khartoum declared a state of emergency in some border areas.

The conflicting developments on Sunday raised questions whether United Nations and African Union appeals for an end to more than three weeks of border clashes between Sudan and South Sudan would bear fruit and avert full-blown war in the oil-producing region.

Apr 28, 2012

Sudan arrests foreigners in disputed border region

KHARTOUM/JUBA (Reuters) – Sudan said it had arrested a Briton, a Norwegian and a South African on Saturday, accusing them of illegally entering a disputed oil-producing border area to spy for its enemy South Sudan.

South Sudanese officials denied the allegations and said the men were working with the United Nations and aid groups clearing mines and had got lost in the remote territory close to the boundary between the two countries.

Apr 27, 2012

Kiir, back from China, says Heglig belongs to South Sudan

JUBA (Reuters) – South Sudanese President Salva Kiir, back from an official visit to China, said on Friday that his armed forces had not damaged the contested Heglig oilfield they seized for 10 days earlier this month because it belongs to South Sudan.

Both South Sudan, which seceded from Sudan and became independent last July, and Sudan claim the Heglig oilfield. South Sudan said its forces withdrew from the area last Friday after coming under intense diplomatic pressure to pull back.

Apr 26, 2012

South Sudan, Sudan trade fresh accusations

JUBA/KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Showing no sign of a let-up in tensions, South Sudan accused Sudan on Thursday of bombing a village in its oil-producing Unity state while Khartoum complained its soldiers had been beaten in captivity.

The release of 14 Sudanese soldiers on Wednesday under a deal mediated by Egypt had been expected to ease tensions between the two countries, where disputes over oil revenues and border demarcation have threatened to escalate into all-out war.

Apr 25, 2012

South Sudan frees prisoners; clashes abate

JUBA/BEIJING (Reuters) – South Sudan freed prisoners of war on Wednesday as clashes appeared to abate between north and south, after cross-border fighting that threatened to tip into all-out war.

Sitting on some of Africa’s most significant oil reserves, Sudan and South Sudan have been unable to resolve a dispute over oil revenues and border demarcation since the South gained independence in July.

Apr 25, 2012

South Sudan frees prisoners to defuse tensions

JUBA/BEIJING (Reuters) – South Sudan freed Sudanese prisoners of war on Wednesday in a gesture it hopes will defuse tensions between Khartoum and Juba whose armies have been embroiled in escalating cross-border fighting that has threatened to tip into all-out war.

Sitting atop one of Africa’s most significant oil reserves, Sudan and South Sudan have been unable to resolve a dispute over oil revenues and border demarcation since the South gained independence in July.

Apr 24, 2012

South Sudan accuses Khartoum of declaring war

JUBA/BEIJING (Reuters) – South Sudan accused Sudan on Tuesday of mounting bombing raids on the newly independent country’s oil-producing border region and President Salva Kiir said the latest hostilities amounted to a declaration of a war by his northern neighbor.

Weeks of cross-border fighting between the former civil war foes have threatened to escalate into a full blown conflict in a region that holds one of Africa’s most significant oil reserves.

Apr 24, 2012

South Sudan says Sudan air strikes amount to war

JUBA/BEIJING, April 24 (Reuters) – South Sudan accused Sudan
on Tuesday of mounting bombing raids on the newly independent
country’s oil-producing border region and President Salva Kiir
said the latest hostilities amounted to a declaration of a war
by his northern neighbour.

Weeks of cross-border fighting between the former civil war
foes have threatened to escalate into a full blown conflict in a
region that sits on one of the most significant oil reserves in
Africa.

Apr 17, 2012

Sudan says cost no bar to recapture of oil region

NAIROBI/KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan said on Tuesday the cost of a full-blown conflict with South Sudan would not deter it from recapturing the disputed Heglig oilfield, and that newly tapped oilfields would help to sustain its struggling economy.

South Sudan took control of the contested oil-producing Heglig region last week, prompting Sudan’s parliament to brand its former civil war foe an “enemy” on Monday and to call for a swift recapture of the flat savannah region.