UN demands rival Sudans end fighting
Security Council calls for end to border clashes centred on Heglig oil field, as S Sudan sets conditions for peace.
The United Nations Security Council has demanded an end to clashes between Sudan and South Sudan, calling on both countries to redeploy their forces 10 kilometres away from a border that they both recognised last year.
A statement from the 15-nation body on Thursday also insisted that Khartoum stop air strikes and Juba withdraw troops from the Heglig oil field.
“The recent violence threatens to return both countries to full-scale war and the period of tragic loss of life and suffering, destroyed infrastructure, and economic devastation, which they have worked so hard and long to overcome,” the statement from the Security Council said.
“The Security Council demands a complete, immediate, and unconditional: end to all fighting; withdrawal of [South Sudan’s Army] from Heglig; end to [Sudanese Armed Forces] aerial bombardments; end to repeated incidents of cross-border violence between Sudan and South Sudan; and an end to support by both sides to proxies in the other country,” it said.