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BY ALAN BOSWELL

MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS

JUBA, South Sudan — The U.S. special envoy to Sudan and South Sudan acknowledged in an interview Wednesday that the two countries are at war and warned that the conflict will likely spread if South Sudan does not withdraw from a disputed oil town that it captured from Sudan last week.

So far, however, South Sudan has refused to do so, and the South Sudanese military has said it plans to continue its offensive north. On Sunday, a McClatchy Newspapers correspondent was among the first journalists to visit Heglig, the captured town, now an edgy command post for South Sudan’s army and allied rebels from Sudan’s Darfur region.

The statement comes as the United Nations Security Council mulls putting sanctions on Sudan and South Sudan in an effort to stop the hostilities, which could spoil a decade of intense diplomacy for peace.

U.S. special envoy Princeton Lyman said he had been meeting with South Sudanese officials in an effort to persuade them to withdraw. “We felt it was extremely dangerous (to enter Heglig) and that they should withdraw,” Lyman said, characterizing the American position. “That’s been the basis of my discussions here.”

“This is beyond self-defense,” Lyman said of South Sudan’s offensive, adding that without a South Sudanese withdrawal, the fighting could spread “well beyond Heglig” and the war would get “nastier and nastier.”

The conflict has put Washington in a difficult position. U.S. policy has long favored South Sudan over Sudan, partly in response to a pro-South Sudan lobby in the U.S. that sees South Sudanese as victims of Sudan’s northern, Arab elites.

But now, South Sudan is its own country, and the country is quickly wearing out its friendly welcome to the international stage, even among its well-wishers.

“Our good friend South Sudan has become extraordinarily impatient. And we think they’ve taken great risks,” Lyman said.

Unofficially, South Sudanese officials have delighted in their capture of Heglig, which they consider a South Sudanese territory that was annexed illegally into the north in the 1970s. At the border itself, there is no talk of withdrawal, only of pushing the front lines further north.

It is not clear who fired the first shot in the battle over Heglig. South Sudan has been adamant that it captured Heglig only after repulsing a Sudanese attack on its side of the de facto border.

One source close to the South Sudanese government claimed that South Sudan was caught off guard by the initial attack, in late March, and said that the next round of fighting a week later was also an act of Sudanese aggression.

But several neutral, well-informed officials noted privately that there is no evidence of who started the fighting, and that there were clear incentives on both sides of the border to begin a war.

For one, South Sudan was already suffering the pains of losing its oil revenue after it shut down production in January over a dispute with Sudan on how much it should be paid for transportation services. Now, by capturing Heglig, South Sudan has robbed Sudan of one of its largest fields – and of the revenue generated by the 55,000 barrels of oil produced there a day.

The U.S. has condemned Sudan for its air bombing raids in South Sudan territory, which have killed civilians. Lyman characterized the Sudanese government as “very belligerent” at the moment. After Juba, he is flying to Khartoum, Sudan’s capital, for talks there.

(Boswell is a McClatchy Newspapers special correspondent. His reporting is underwritten in part by a grant from Humanity United, a California-based foundation that focuses on human rights issues.)

South Sudan rejects UN appeal to withdraw troops

Posted: April 12, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan
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“I told him you do not need to order me because I am not under your command. I am a head of state accountable to my people and do not have to be ordered by someone I do not fall under his direct command. I will not withdraw the troops,” President kiir Mayardit to the UN Chief, Bank Ki Moon.
South Sudan Says Won’t Withdraw Troops
by The Associated Press
JUBA, South Sudan April 12, 2012, 08:27 am ET
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan’s president said Thursday that the nation will not withdraw its troops that this week entered a disputed border region with Sudan.
South Sudan President Salva Kiir spoke to parliament in the midst of escalating clashes along the border with Sudan. He said the country’s military would also re-enter another disputed area, Abyei, currently occupied by Sudan if the United Nations does not urge Sudan to withdraw.
Troops from South Sudan on Wednesday captured the oil-rich border town of Heglig that is claimed by Sudan, whose troops withdrew under the onslaught. Kiir said that South Sudan’s military forces, the SPLA, had also advanced past Heglig after occupying it.
“They pursued them up to the so called Heglig. But these forces did not stop in Heglig, there was not fighting in Heglig,” he said.
Heglig has been the focal point of more than two weeks of clashes between the two nations. Both sides claim the area, but Sudan operates Heglig’s oil facilities, which account for nearly half of the country’s daily production. The town is 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of the disputed region of Abyei, whose fate was left unresolved when South Sudan split last year from Sudan.
Fighting along the north-south border has been near constant over the past two weeks. On Thursday, South Sudan accused Sudan of bombing the capital of Unity State, Bentiu.
SPLA spokesman Col. Philip Aguer said that Antonov aircraft belonging to Sudan dropped five bombs on a bridge linking Bentiu to neighboring Rubkotna. The two towns comprise Unity State’s most populated area.
“This is an indiscriminate bombing,” and according to initial reports one civilian was killed and four were wounded in the attack, Aguer said.
President Kiir said he had received numerous appeals from the international community to withdraw SPLA troops from the disputed territory, including a call from United Nation’s Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon.
“Last night I never slept because of the telephone calls,” he said. “Those who have been calling me — starting with the U.N. secretary-general yesterday — he gave me an order that I’m ordering you to immediately withdraw from Heglig. I said I’m not under your command,” Kiir said.
The military advance by South Sudan into territory it claims but which is internationally recognized as Sudan’s brought swift condemnation from the United States and Britain. Both nations, along with the U.N. Security Council, urged South Sudan to withdraw from the town of Heglig and condemned the bombings of South Sudan territory by Sudan.
Kiir said he also urged the U.N. secretary-general to re-engage Sudan on the disputed territory of Abyei.
“We withdrew from Abyei. Bashir occupied Abyei and is still there up to today,” Kiir said. “I told the secretary-general that if you are not moving out with this force of Bashir, we are going to reconsider our position and we are going back to Abyei.”
Fighting erupted in Abyei between Sudan and South Sudan May of last year, just months before South Sudan formally declared independence from Sudan.
The region was to hold a referendum in January to decide whether it stays with Sudan or joins a newly independent South. But the vote was postponed indefinitely amid disagreements over who would be eligible to vote.
The fighting has displaced more than 100,000 people, most of whom are still waiting to return.
The continued clashes have dimmed hopes for a resolution between the two countries on a host of issues left over from their July split, including oil-sharing, citizenship issues and the demarcation of the border.
South Sudan president says nation won’t withdraw troops from disputed border region with Sudan
By Associated Press: Thursday, April 12
JUBA, South Sudan — South Sudan’s president said Thursday that the nation will not withdraw its troops that this week entered a disputed border region with Sudan.South Sudan President Salva Kiir spoke to parliament in the midst of escalating clashes along the border with Sudan. He said the country’s military would also re-enter another disputed area, Abyei, currently occupied by Sudan if the United Nations does not urge Sudan to withdraw.
Troops from South Sudan on Wednesday captured the oil-rich border town of Heglig that is claimed by Sudan, whose troops withdrew under the onslaught. Kiir said that South Sudan’s military forces, the SPLA, had also advanced past Heglig after occupying it.“They pursued them up to the so called Heglig. But these forces did not stop in Heglig, there was not fighting in Heglig,” he said.Heglig has been the focal point of more than two weeks of clashes between the two nations. Both sides claim the area, but Sudan operates Heglig’s oil facilities, which account for nearly half of the country’s daily production. The town is 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of the disputed region of Abyei, whose fate was left unresolved when South Sudan split last year from Sudan.Fighting along the north-south border has been near constant over the past two weeks. On Thursday, South Sudan accused Sudan of bombing the capital of Unity State, Bentiu.

SPLA spokesman Col. Philip Aguer said that Antonov aircraft belonging to Sudan dropped five bombs on a bridge linking Bentiu to neighboring Rubkotna. The two towns comprise Unity State’s most populated area.

“This is an indiscriminate bombing,” and according to initial reports one civilian was killed and four were wounded in the attack, Aguer said.

President Kiir said he had received numerous appeals from the international community to withdraw SPLA troops from the disputed territory, including a call from United Nation’s Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon.

“Last night I never slept because of the telephone calls,” he said. “Those who have been calling me — starting with the U.N. secretary-general yesterday — he gave me an order that I’m ordering you to immediately withdraw from Heglig. I said I’m not under your command,” Kiir said.

The military advance by South Sudan into territory it claims but which is internationally recognized as Sudan’s brought swift condemnation from the United States and Britain. Both nations, along with the U.N. Security Council, urged South Sudan to withdraw from the town of Heglig and condemned the bombings of South Sudan territory by Sudan.

Kiir said he also urged the U.N. secretary-general to re-engage Sudan on the disputed territory of Abyei.

“We withdrew from Abyei. Bashir occupied Abyei and is still there up to today,” Kiir said. “I told the secretary-general that if you are not moving out with this force of Bashir, we are going to reconsider our position and we are going back to Abyei.”

Fighting erupted in Abyei between Sudan and South Sudan May of last year, just months before South Sudan formally declared independence from Sudan.

The region was to hold a referendum in January to decide whether it stays with Sudan or joins a newly independent South. But the vote was postponed indefinitely amid disagreements over who would be eligible to vote.

The fighting has displaced more than 100,000 people, most of whom are still waiting to return.

The continued clashes have dimmed hopes for a resolution between the two countries on a host of issues left over from their July split, including oil-sharing, citizenship issues and the demarcation of the border.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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President Salva Kiir dismisses secretary-general’s request to withdraw from Heglig and says his forces may enter Abyei.
 
12 Apr 2012
South Sudan’s president has said his nation will not withdraw its troops that this week entered a disputed border region with Sudan.Salva Kiir, president of South Sudan, spoke to parliament on Thursday in the midst of escalating clashes along the border with Sudan and the bombing of a bridge outside Beintu in which one soldier was killed and two others injured.”[The UN Secretary General] gave me an order,” Kir said. “He said I order you to immediately withdraw from Heglig. I said I’m not under your command.”Kir also said the country’s military would also re-enter another disputed area, Abyei, currently occupied by Sudan if the UN does not urge Sudan to withdraw.Al Jazeera’s Nazanine Moshiri, reporting from Juba, the South Sudanese capital, said that South Sudan wants an international mechanism in place before they withdraw from Heglig.

“The president of South Sudan is not going to budge on this,” she said. “If bombardment continues, the South Sudanese will go into the tow on Abyei, and this is of extreme concern to the international community.”

On Wednesday, troops from South Sudan captured the oil-rich border town of Heglig that is claimed by Sudan, whose troops withdrew under the onslaught.

Kiir said that South Sudan’s military forces, the SPLA, had also advanced past Heglig after occupying it.

“They pursued them up to the so-called Heglig. But these forces did not stop in Heglig, there was not fighting in Heglig,” he said.

Sudanese warplanes attacked a major South Sudanese town at dawn, bombing the capital of the oil-producing Unity border state, according to South Sudan officials.

The aircraft targeted a strategic bridge on the Rubkhona airstrip just outside Beintu town close to a UN compound, which lies about 60km from the frontier as clashes between the recently separated nations continued for a third day.

One soldier was killed and two others injured in the attack.

‘Choosing the path of war’

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir accused South Sudan of “choosing the path of war,” following days of intensifying clashes on their shared border.

“Our brothers in South Sudan have chosen the path of war, implementing plans dictated by foreign parties who supported them during the civil war,” Bashir told reporters, referring to decades of conflict before the South’s independence last year.

“War is not in the interest of either South Sudan or Sudan but, unfortunately, our brothers in the South are thinking neither of the interests of Sudan or of South Sudan.”

The military advances by South Sudan and the Sudanese air raids brought condemnation from the UN Security Council as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on both sides to withdraw from the other side’s territory and said he was “alarmed by the escalation in fighting”.

Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman, Sudan’s ambassador to the UN, said he had filed a complaint to the Security Council condemning the “heinous attack” on Heglig.

“We will decide to retaliate, and retaliate severely, deep inside South Sudan if the Security Council doesn’t address the situation”, Ali Osman told reporters.

A statement on Khartoum’s official SUNA news agency warned of “destruction” in South Sudan.

Focal point of fighting

Heglig lies along the disputed border between the two African nations and has been the focal point of nearly two weeks of clashes between their armies, which have prompted the collapse of African Union-mediated talks.

The region is home to oil fields that account for about half of Sudan’s oil production, a critical source of income for the country’s flagging economy.

The two rivals fought a civil war that lasted decades, and never reached a deal to share the region’s oil resources or delineate their exact border during negotiations which led to South Sudan’s cessation last year.

A 2009 ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague placed Heglig in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan region. But South Sudan has disputed the ruling, asserting that the region is in South Sudan’s Unity State.

South Sudan’s army said it moved into Heglig on Tuesday after repelling an attack launched by Sudanese Armed Forces against a position near the border town of Teshwin.

Bashir was scheduled to visit South Sudan for a summit April 3, but the talks were scrapped in the wake of the clashes.

Barack Obama, the US president, earlier this month called Kiir to ensure that South Sudan’s military exercised maximum restraint and was not involved in, or supporting, fighting along the border.

In a statement, the African Union called upon both countries to resolve all outstanding issues “in a peaceful way in accordance with the overriding principle of establishing two viable states in Sudan and South Sudan”.

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South Sudan Says Won’t Withdraw Troops
by The Associated Press
JUBA, South Sudan April 12, 2012, 08:27 am ET
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan’s president said Thursday that the nation will not withdraw its troops that this week entered a disputed border region with Sudan.
South Sudan President Salva Kiir spoke to parliament in the midst of escalating clashes along the border with Sudan. He said the country’s military would also re-enter another disputed area, Abyei, currently occupied by Sudan if the United Nations does not urge Sudan to withdraw.
Troops from South Sudan on Wednesday captured the oil-rich border town of Heglig that is claimed by Sudan, whose troops withdrew under the onslaught. Kiir said that South Sudan’s military forces, the SPLA, had also advanced past Heglig after occupying it.
“They pursued them up to the so called Heglig. But these forces did not stop in Heglig, there was not fighting in Heglig,” he said.
Heglig has been the focal point of more than two weeks of clashes between the two nations. Both sides claim the area, but Sudan operates Heglig’s oil facilities, which account for nearly half of the country’s daily production. The town is 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of the disputed region of Abyei, whose fate was left unresolved when South Sudan split last year from Sudan.
Fighting along the north-south border has been near constant over the past two weeks. On Thursday, South Sudan accused Sudan of bombing the capital of Unity State, Bentiu.
SPLA spokesman Col. Philip Aguer said that Antonov aircraft belonging to Sudan dropped five bombs on a bridge linking Bentiu to neighboring Rubkotna. The two towns comprise Unity State’s most populated area.
“This is an indiscriminate bombing,” and according to initial reports one civilian was killed and four were wounded in the attack, Aguer said.
President Kiir said he had received numerous appeals from the international community to withdraw SPLA troops from the disputed territory, including a call from United Nation’s Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon.
“Last night I never slept because of the telephone calls,” he said. “Those who have been calling me —starting with the U.N. secretary-general yesterday — he gave me an order that I’m ordering you to immediately withdraw from Heglig. I said I’m not under your command,” Kiir said.
The military advance by South Sudan into territory it claims but which is internationally recognized as Sudan’s brought swift condemnation from the United States and Britain. Both nations, along with the U.N. Security Council, urged South Sudan to withdraw from the town of Heglig and condemned the bombings of South Sudan territory by Sudan.
Kiir said he also urged the U.N. secretary-general to re-engage Sudan on the disputed territory of Abyei.
“We withdrew from Abyei. Bashir occupied Abyei and is still there up to today,” Kiir said. “I told the secretary-general that if you are not moving out with this force of Bashir, we are going to reconsider our position and we are going back to Abyei.”
Fighting erupted in Abyei between Sudan and South Sudan May of last year, just months before South Sudan formally declared independence from Sudan.
The region was to hold a referendum in January to decide whether it stays with Sudan or joins a newly independent South. But the vote was postponed indefinitely amid disagreements over who would be eligible to vote.
The fighting has displaced more than 100,000 people, most of whom are still waiting to return.
The continued clashes have dimmed hopes for a resolution between the two countries on a host of issues left over from their July split, including oil-sharing, citizenship issues and the demarcation of the border.

South Sudan’s President Kiir refuses to pull out troops from Heglig

April 12, 2012 (JUBA) — South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayadrit brushed aside calls to withdraw his army from the oil-rich region of Heglig after being asked to do so in order to avoid a return of war with the north.

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Salva Kiir

Kiir was reacting to international calls from the African Union (AU), United Nations (UN) and United States and . Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General also called him on Wednesday requesting the same.

In a remarkable shift from his “no return to war” previous stances, Kiir told the members of South Sudan parliament he would not order a withdrawal.

Kiir said that this message was delivered to all world leaders who contacted him including UN chief whom he said gave him “an order”.

“I told him you do not need to order me because I am not under your command. I am a head of state accountable to my people and do not have to be ordered by someone I do not fall under his direct command. I will not withdraw the troops,” he said

Kiir argued to Ban that the international community does not equally give same concern when Khartoum assaults them and gave an example when the Sudanese army moved into Abyei it in May 2010.

The South Sudan leader said he told Ban that if Khartoum does not pull out its army from Abyei he would send his troops to fight them.

He went on to recount events that led to Heglig’s occupation.

“I want to tell you clearly what happened at border. I think you all know that a summit was supposed to be held here in Juba on 3 April, 2012 but this did not take place because there were voices in Khartoum who felt the south Sudan was not secure. I told them no. South Sudan was more secure than any other country in the world for president Bashir”, Kiir said

He explained that he rejected international pressure calling upon him at the time to arrest Bashir if he comes to South Sudan because he could not see any logic to do so.

“I asked them why and they said because he is wanted by the international criminal court for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in Darfur for killing of 300,000 people. I told them why would I arrest Bashir for 300,000 people killed in Darfur while the international community did not bother to indict him for crimes he committed in the South where he killed over 2 million people”, Kiir told the house.

He said the conflict in Heglig began when Sudan Armed forces collaboratively with militia forces launched an attack on April 1st with the intention to extend tie-in pipe line to Unity state but that they were repulsed by the SPLA forces and were followed into Heglig.

“They went back to regroup and launched another attack on April 10th. They were again repulsed and followed into Heglig and the SPLA 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”.

He said he did not sleep last night because he was receiving a lot of international calls asking him to consider withdrawing troops from the contested area but rejected them.

(ST)

http://www.sudantribune.com/South-Sudan-s-Kiir-refuses-to-pull,42219

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South Sudan troops move into disputed oil town as battles rage on disputed border

By Associated Press, Wednesday, April 11

JUBA, South Sudan— Troops from South Sudan moved into an oil-rich border town claimed by Sudan as fighting intensified between the countries over who controls the area, officials said Wednesday. A South Sudan official said the fighting is “spreading all over.”The two sides fought a civil war that lasted decades, and any increase in sporadic border clashes raises the risk of a return to all-out war.

Sudanese army spokesman Col. Sawarmy Khaled told the official Radio Omdurman that the South’s army attacked the border oil town of Heglig twice in the past 24 hours. Heglig is located about 100 kilometers (60 miles) to the east of the disputed region of Abyei, whose fate was left unresolved when South Sudan split last year from Sudan.South Sudan officials would not confirm whether their troops are in control of the oil fields.

“Fierce battles are still going on and the situation has not yet been resolved,” said Khaled, promising the Sudanese people their side will be victorious.

Hostilities between Sudan and South Sudan have grown in recent months, even as the south has said it is trying to avoid a return to war. The two sides never reached a deal to share the oil resources in the region or the exact location of the border, adding to the tensions.

South Sudan’s army — the SPLA — said it moved into Heglig on Tuesday after repelling an attack launched by Sudanese Armed Forces against an SPLA position near the border town of Teshwin.

SPLA spokesman Col. Philip Aguer said several Sudanese MiG-29 fighter jets bombed the area on Monday and Tuesday. Aguer said several SPLA soldiers were injured in the attack but would not say how many.

“The war is widened,” said South Sudan Information Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin. “The battle is raging. It is spreading all over.”

Heglig lies along the ill-defined border between the countries and has been the focal point of nearly two weeks of clashes between the armies. The region is home to oil facilities that account for around half of Sudan’s oil production, a critical source of income for the country’s flagging economy.

A 2009 ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague placed Heglig in South Kordofan, Sudan. But South Sudan has disputed the ruling, asserting that the region is in South Sudan’s Unity State.

The Khartoum government in the north warned in a Tuesday statement that it will use “all legitimate means” to respond to the alleged aggression. Sudan also said that if South Sudan resorts to war, it would only reap “failure and destruction.”

Aguer said South Sudan’s forces are pushing through the area to prevent further attacks from forces there.

“Our main goal is to secure the territories of South Sudan and protect its people,” said Aguer. “Sudan and its allies, militiamen that have been trained in Heglig and Karsana, have been attacking us from there for last two years.”

South Sudan’s move into Heglig follows separate alleged attacks in South Sudan’s Unity state, near Abiemnom.

Aguer said a series of bombing attacks by Sudan on Tuesday wounded four civilians. Benjamin said the target was a “strategic bridge” linking Unity with neighboring Warrap state.

Abiemnom has not been a recent site of conflict between the two countries

The continued clashes have dimmed hopes for a resolution between the two countries on a host of issues left over from their July split, including oil-sharing, citizenship issues and the demarcation of the border.

Sudan President Omar al-Bashir was scheduled to visit South Sudan for a summit on April 3 but the talks were scrapped in the wake of the clashes at the border.

President Barack Obama earlier this month called South Sudan President Salva Kiir to ensure that South Sudan’s military exercises maximum restraint and is not involved in or supporting fighting along the border.

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South Sudan accuses Sudan of new attack
Reuters
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.
Govt Imports Chinese Military Trucks
AllAfrica.com
By Maureen Mudi, 9 April 2012 A CONSIGNMENT of military trucks has left the port of Mombasa forSouth Sudan, five days after they arrived by sea from China. The consignment was offloaded on Wednesday last week at the G-Section of the port, 
Sudan Stops South Sudanese Leaving As Border Clashes Resume
Wall Street Journal
KAMPALA, Uganda (Dow Jones)–Sudanese authorities have prevented hundreds of South Sudanese citizens from returning to their country as clashes along the nations’ oil-rich border resumed Tuesday, underscoring deteriorating relations between the former 

South Sudan launches attack on Sudan border oil field
China Daily
KHARTOUM – The Sudanese army announced on Tuesday that troops from South Sudan had launched a large-scale attack on a strategic oil filed on the borders between the two countries. The Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) said in a statement that troops of the 

Mosaic News 4/9/2012: Iraqis Have No Democracy or Security Nine Years After 
linktv
Iraqis have neither democracy nor security nine years after the fall of Baghdad, thousands of South Sudanese in Sudan at risk of becoming stateless, Egypt’s former intelligence chief accused of attempting to steal the revolution, and more.
South Sudan faces challenges providing maternal and child health care
UNICEF (press release)
By Kun Li TORIT, South Sudan, 10 April 2012 – It was a busy morning in the maternity ward of Torit Civil Hospital, Eastern Equatoria State. Three newborns were welcomed into the world, all in good health. Surrounded by family members, Lugina Michael 
Achievement of household food security in South Sudan
Sudan Tribune
By Jacob K. Lupai April 10, 2012 — South Sudan is made up of ten States which grew out of the previous three southern provinces of Upper Nile, Equatoria and Bahr el Ghazal. As history shows the people of South Sudan have had a long bloody struggle for 

Nutributter shipment arrives in South Sudan
Reuters AlertNet
A shipment of 39 metric tons of life-saving Nutributter® has arrived in Wau, South Sudan. Humanitarian aid organization World Concern will distribute the peanut-based ready-to-eat food supplement to 7800 children, ages 6 to 24 months, to help prevent 

RDF Deploys in South Sudan
AllAfrica.com
By Felly Kimenyi, 10 April 2012 The Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) will today begin to deploy in the new independent state of South Sudan as part of a newly created UN-backed stabilisation mission there. The first group of the Rwandan contingent, 

Sudan vows response after surprise loss of oil-rich town to SPLA
Sudan Tribune
April 11, 2012 (JUBA) – The Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) on Tuesday acknowledged that it has lost control of the oil-rich town of Heglig following what it said was an attack by South Sudan’sPeople Liberation Army (SPLA) and “mercenaries”.

Sudan says battles raging along South Sudan border after southern army 
Washington Post
KHARTOUM, Sudan — Sudan said battles were raging Wednesday along its border with South Sudan after southern troops attacked an oil-rich town in the area. The fighting raised the specter of an all-out confrontation between the two countries already 

Sudan accuses South of assaulting oil area
WRNI
KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan said on Wednesday it would use “all legitimate ways and means” to oppose what it said was South Sudan’s assault on an oil-producing border region disputed between the two countries and long marred by clashes.
South Sudan receives military trucks from China: report
Sudan Tribune
April 10, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – South Sudan received a shipment of military hardware from China that were loaded via the Kenyan port of Mombasa, according to a news report. The Nairobi-based ‘The Star’ newspaper said in its Monday edition that the 

Battles raging on disputed border, 2 Sudans say
The Times Herald
By MICHAEL ONYIEGO AP JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Battles raged Wednesday along the disputed border region between Sudan and South Sudan, officials from both countries said, and aSouth Sudan official said the fighting is “spreading all over.

Sudan: No Talks With South Sudan After New Clashes
Voice of America (blog)
Sudan says it is pulling out of talks with South Sudan, as the two countries’ forces clash in a disputed border region. The announcement Wednesday came as South Sudan’s army claimed control of the oil-producing town of Heglig.

RDF Peacekeepers Head to South Sudan
AllAfrica.com
By James Karuhanga, 11 April 2012 One hundred and fifty Rwanda Defense Force (RDF) peacekeepers left Kigali International Airport aboard a Rwandair plane this morning on their way to the world’s new state of South Sudan. Rwanda which has over 3200 

South Sudan: Shortage of Hard Currency Hits Businesses in Juba
AllAfrica.com
Yussif Ahmed a hard wire trader in Juba market said, they are selling in south Sudanese pounds hence the shortage of dollar had made it difficult for them to go and bring other stocks becausesouth Sudanese pounds can’t be accepted in any other country 

By MICHAEL ONYIEGO Associated Press

JUBA, South Sudan April 4, 2012 (AP)
South Sudan’s military spokesman said Wednesday the south’s military shot down a Sudanese fighter jet in its territory after two Sudanese military planes dropped “many” bombs around South Sudanese oil fields.

Col. Philip Aguer said South Sudan’s Air Defense Forces shot down a Sudanese MiG-29 jet fighter Wednesday afternoon in South Sudan’s Unity State. Aguer said he was present for the confrontation and that the downed Sudanese MiG was one of two flying over the Naar and Toma South oil fields. He said the two MiGs had dropped “many” bombs since morning.

South Sudanese forces shot down the MiG with an anti-aircraft gun, he said.

The Sudanese “don’t know that we have the capacity. They underestimate the SPLA,” he said, referring to South Sudan’s forces, the Southern People’s Liberation Army.

The downing of the MiG threatens to push the two countries closer to all-out war. Aguer said southern officials are expecting Sudan to counterattack in retaliation for the shoot-down.

South Sudan split off from Sudan last year after decades of civil war. But the two sides never agreed on where exactly the two countries’ border is, and how to share oil revenues. The south now has most of the oil but must pump it through a pipeline that runs through Sudan.

South Sudan says that Sudan stole much of its oil, and the south shut down production earlier this year, depriving both countries of needed government revenue.

Hostilities between the two sides have grown in recent months, even as the south has said it is trying to avoid a return to war. A planned meeting between the presidents of Sudan and South Sudan scheduled for Tuesday was canceled by Sudan.

Aguer was part of a delegation led by South Sudanese Oil Minister Stephen Dhieu Dau to see a tie-in pipeline allegedly being built by Sudan. The south says the tie-in pipeline is a way for Sudan to steal South Sudan’s oil.

Dau said the incomplete pipeline would be able to pump between 15,000 and 30,000 barrels of oil per day if linked up to Sudan’s oil fields.

“They want take our oil even when we are shut down,” Dau said.

This is not the first tie-in pipeline that has been unilaterally built by Khartoum. Another was built in January to link a pipeline in South Sudan operated by oil-consortium PetroDar to refineries in Khartoum. The pipeline was revealed shortly after Khartoum announced it would take oil “in kind” from South Sudan in lieu of an agreement on how much South Sudan should pay to use Sudan’s pipelines.

In late January South Sudan accused Khartoum of stealing nearly all of its oil and ordered oil fields to halt operations.

According to Dau, the new tie-in pipeline was discovered just over a week ago during the border clashes between the two nations. Dau said SPLA forces found the pipeline when they pushed Sudanese Armed Forces back from Teshwin into the Heglig area on March 26.

“The pipeline was less than 10 kilometers (6 miles) from being complete,” said Dau.

Wednesday’s bombings are the latest in a series of open confrontations between Sudanese and South Sudanese troops that have world leaders on edge. President Barack Obama urged South Sudanese President Salva Kiir earlier this week to exercise maximum military restraint.

But according to Aguer, the fighting has been “a daily thing here on the front line” since the initial confrontation. Aguer said that almost 80 people have been killed — mostly military forces — since the fighting began.

While the region has been quiet since the downing of the MiG plane earlier, the border is tense. According to Aguer, South Sudan is “expecting ground troops to attack at any time.”

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South Sudan says it shoots down Sudanese jet

Boston.com – ‎
By Michael Onyiego AP / April 4, 2012 JUBA, South Sudan—South Sudan’s military spokesman said Wednesday the south’s military shot down a Sudanese fighter jet in its territory after two Sudanese military planes dropped “many” bombs around South Sudanese 
Fox News – ‎‎
JUBA, South Sudan – South Sudan’s military spokesman said Wednesday the south’s military shot down a Sudanese fighter jet in its territory after two Sudanese military planes dropped “many” bombs around South Sudanese oil fields. Col.
BusinessWeek – ‎
By Jared Ferrie on April 04, 2012 South Sudan shot down a Sudanese MiG jet fighter while it was flying over its Unity state, a sign of heightening tensions between the former civil war foes. “This is proof of what we were talking about for the past 
Aljazeera.com – ‎
An oil pipeline on the South Sudan-Sudan border has come under attack by fighter jets and Antonov aircraft, belonging to the Sudanese government. Al Jazeera’s Nazanine Moshiri witnessed Wednesday’s air raids that took place near the town of Heglig, 
Newsday – ‎
Nation Newsday > News > Nation Print Aa Military spokesman: South Sudan shoots down a Sudanese military jet over South Sudan territory Published: April 4, 2012 12:33 PM By The Associated Press JUBA, South Sudan – (AP) — Military spokesman: South Sudan 
MSN NZ News – ‎
Sudan’s military has denied that one of its jets has been shot down, as its neighbour South Sudan alleged. “What media reported, that we lost a fighter plane in Unity state, we confirm that is completely incorrect,” Sawarmi Khaled Saad, the Sudanese 
Catholic Culture – ‎‎
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) are asking Catholics to call upon Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to intensify her efforts on behalf of the Sudanese people. “The long-term peace and 
South Sudan Says It Shoots Down Sudanese Jet
ABC News
South Sudan’s military spokesman said Wednesday the south’s military shot down a Sudanese fighter jet in its territory after two Sudanese military planes dropped “many” bombs around South Sudanese oil fields. Col. Philip Aguer said South Sudan’s Air 
Sudan: China’s New Courtship in South Sudan
AllAfrica.com
Following its oil interests and other opportunities to Juba, China is building a new relationship withSouth Sudan but finds itself drawn into a dangerous dispute that risks bringing the Sudans back to conflict. China’s New Courtship in South Sudan 
Sudan: Report Summary: China’s New Courtship in South Sudan
AllAfrica.com
The future of Beijing’s dual engagement, and the kind of relationship that emerges in the South, will depend in part on how the oil standoff – and this broader reform agenda – are confronted. As South Sudan prepared for its 2011 self-determination 
A Success Worse Than Failure? Lessons From Activist Campaigns in South Africa 
Huffington Post (blog)
A deeper examination reveals that two of history’s more prominent and similar activist movements — those against South Africa’s apartheid regime and Sudan’s NCP government — may have have produced just such contradictory campaigns.


Zuma Condemns Fighting in Sudan, South Sudan

AllAfrica.com
The military confrontation took place in the disputed border region between Sudan and South Sudan. This recent military confrontation has the potential to worsen the humanitarian crisis in the affected region, leading to further civilian casualties, 
Local media under pressure in South Sudan
Bikya Masr
CAIRO: The recent fines slapped on two South Sudanese newspapers for allegedly defaming a senior member of the country’s ruling party cited in a $30 scam will deter journalists from further investigating corruption-related cases in the country, 
South Sudan: Sudan Is Waging War, Thwarting Peace Talks
Voice of America (blog)
South Sudan is accusing Sudan of waging war and thwarting African Union peace talks aimed at stopping rising border clashes. During talks in Addis Ababa Sunday, South Sudan’s chief negotiator Pagan Amum accused Khartoum of conducting air strikes for a 

Jerusalem: South Sudanese refugees protest deportation
Jerusalem Post
COM STAFF Dozens of South Sudanese refugees protested outside Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s house in Jerusalem on Sunday, in response to a recent state decision to deport them toSouth Sudan if they did not leave the country by April 1, 2012.

Sudan’s Aerial Bombing Aims at Churches in Nuba Mountains
ChristianNewsToday.com
JUBA, South Sudan – After Khartoum denied that it had bombed civilians earlier this month, Sudanese aerial strikes last week were aimed at church buildings and schools in Kauda, South Kordofan state, a humanitarian aid worker said.

South Sudan accuses Sudan of fresh attacks
Oman Tribune
ADDIS ABABA South Sudan on Sunday accused Khartoum of launching fresh attacks along their disputed border, stalling peace talks in Addis Ababa, a senior South Sudanese official said. “We are here to attempt to make peace; the Government of Sudan is 

Push to bring Sudan, South Sudan into crisis talks
Capital FM Kenya
ADDIS ABABA, Apr 1 – Crisis talks between Sudan and South Sudan were stalled on Sunday as the two nations traded accusations over responsibility for recent clashes. “We are here … to attempt to make peace; the Government of Sudan is waging war on

No simple answers in South Sudan, refugees flood the region
Mission Network NEws (press release)
Food for the Hungry is helping the refugee crisis in South Sudan. You can help FH help the local church do the work. South Sudan (MNN) ― The rumors of war continue to make their way across Sudan and South Sudan as conflict continues.

With help from Manchester, Sudanese towns have water
The Union Leader
Kenyang Nhomot and James Abiem are celebrating news that both their hometowns in the Republic of South Sudan have access to clean water. The wells were built this winter by the International Aid Service, a faith-based European organization that helps 


South Sudan
 official says Sudan bombs oil field

Boston.com
By Michael Onyiego AP / March 27, 2012 JUBA, South Sudan—Sudan’s military bombed an oil field in South Sudan on Tuesday, a South Sudan official said, as a dangerous flare-up in border violence appeared to scuttle plans for a presidential summit 

South Sudan official says Sudan bombs oil field
Seattle Post Intelligencer
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — An official in South Sudan’s Unity State says Sudan’s military has carried out an aerial attack near oil fields. Unity State Minister of Information Gideon Gatpan said Sudan dropped three bombs Tuesday near oil fields in the 

US adds South Sudan to a preferential trade program
Sudan Tribune
“I have determined that the Republic of South Sudan should be designated as a beneficiary developing country under the GSP (Generalized System of Preferences)” said the statement on the White House website. According to the Office of US Trade 

Sudans’ presidential summit canceled after clash
CBS News
JUBA, South Sudan — Sudan’s vice president says a summit planned between the presidents of Sudan and South Sudan has been canceled in the face of new violence along the countries’ shared border. Sudanese Vice President Ali Osman Taha said late Monday 

Saving the lives of south sudanese mothers one midwife at a time
TrustLaw
A woman holds a candle during South Sudan’s independence day celebrations in Juba July 9, 2011. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic By Andrew Green* JUBA, Mar 24, 2012 (IPS) – Martha Borete Angela’s gaze sinks to the ground as she admits neither of her two 

South Sudan, Sudan Clash Along Tense, Disputed Border
Voice of America
March 27, 2012 South Sudan, Sudan Clash Along Tense, Disputed Border VOA News South Sudan is accusing Sudan of launching a second day of airstrikes on oil-rich territory along their disputed border, one day after a rare direct military confrontation 

Weapons link South Sudan’s White Army to prominent rebel groups
Christian Science Monitor
Support for South Sudan’s White Army is complex. Some say backing comes from a diaspora of armed youth, local politicians eager to stoke violence, and militias, writes a guest blogger. By Annette LaRocco, Guest blogger / March 27, 2012 • A version of 

South Sudan Delegation in Luanda
AllAfrica.com
Luanda — A delegation of South Sudan, led by its Minister of President’ Cabinet Affairs, Deng Alor Kuol, arrived this Tuesday in Luanda, for an official three-day visit in the country, under the bilateral cooperation between the two state.

UN Concerned Over Refugee Safety As Fighting Persists Near South Sudan-Sudan 
AllAfrica.com
The United Nations refugee agency today voiced concern over recurring fighting near the Yida refugee settlement in South Sudan, close to the border with Sudan, saying the clashes are putting residents of the camp at risk. “Our concerns are heightened 

ISRAEL: Deportation looms for South Sudan migrants
IRINnews.org
TEL AVIV, 27 March 2012 (IRIN) – Asylum-seekers from South Sudan living in Israel have until 31 March to return “home” or face deportation, but some have asked to stay, saying conditions are not yet conducive for their safe return.

Malaria Takes Center Stage and Center Court as Americans Rally to Save Lives 
MarketWatch (press release)
CHICAGO, March 27, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Since last June, more than 130000 refugees–and counting–have entered South Sudan and neighboring countries to escape fighting on the border of Sudan. As the situation worsens, the United Nations 
President Obama suspends Argentina from trade program, adds South Sudan
The Hill (blog)
Meanwhile, the president also said that the Republic of South Sudan would join the GSP. “The suspension of Argentina’s GSP eligibility is based on a finding that the country is not in compliance with the statutory GSP eligibility criteria set by 
Brent crude stays above $125 on Fed comments, Iran
Reuters
* Bernanke comments indicate easy monetary policy to continue * Investors’ appetite for riskier assets boosted * Sudan president suspends meeting after clashes with South Sudan By Florence Tan SINGAPORE, March 27 (Reuters) – Brent held steady above 
Sudan Suspends Summit with South Sudan Following Clashes
Voice of America (blog)
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has suspended an upcoming summit with South Sudanfollowing a series of fresh clashes between the two countries on Monday. President Bashir had been set to travel to Juba on April 3 to discuss disputes about oil 

The Fulfilled Drama of South Sudan Benydit and Guandit Not Bandit
Sudan Tribune
The thorny crown was prepared inside the chamber of the South Sudan Legislative Assembly, especially with the provocation that emanated fromthe summoning of Mr. Uncle Commander Elijah Malok, former Governor of the Bankof Southern Sudan who has his 

Race for South Sudan
Mint
India?s ONGC is in talks to build refining infrastructure in South Sudan. But Mint?s Utpal Bhaskar says that with other countries also eyeing the opportunity, India will face stiff competition.

South Sudan says Sudan bombs oil fields in border region
Reuters UK
JUBA (Reuters) – South Sudan said the Sudanese air force had bombed the main oil fields in Unity state near the border with Sudan on Tuesday, as violence between the two escalated. “This morning as you called I heard the Antonov hovering over Bentiu 

US drops trade preferences for Argentina
BusinessWeek
Nearly all the world’s countries get the US preferences, which as of Monday apply as well to the Republic of South Sudan, Kirk announced. That leaves Argentina in the company of Syria, Belarus and the rest of Sudan as the only countries not eligible,