Communist World News

Kiir to withdraw forces.

In Africa on April 13, 2012 at 7:18 am

SUDAN — South Sudan said Thursday that it was prepared to withdraw from the contested city of Heglig, which it captured from Sudanese forces this week.

Which is contrary to what president, Salva Kiir Mayardit asserted a two days ago.

“They went back to regroup and launched another attack on April 10th. They were again repulsed and followed into Heglig and the SPLA [Sudan People’s Liberation Army] took control of the town. The SPLA are now in a complete control of the Heglig and beyond. They will not pull out. They will remain there so that this issue is resolve once and for all even though we did not want war as a resolve”, Kiir told the house amid applause chatting “SPLA, SPLA, SPLA”.

The African Union said Thursday that South Sudan acted illegally when it sent troops across the border into Sudan to capture a strategic oil field and demanded the force’s immediate withdrawal. Diplomats are urging the presidents of both countries to show leadership as war seems imminent. The minister of information, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, echoing statements by President Salva Kiir, said South Sudan “cannot talk about withdrawal” unless contested regions were demilitarized and international observers were put in place.

– Viktor

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