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Khartoum launches diplomatic offensive against South’s takeover of Heglig


April 11, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned on Tuesday the heads of diplomatic missions in Khartoum and complained against the “aggression” of neighboring South Sudan on the town of Heglig.

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Sudanese Undersecretary of Foreign Affairs Rahma Mohammed Osman speaks during a press conference in Khartoum on April 11, 2012 (GETTY)

South Sudan’s army on Tuesday seized control of the oil-producing town of Heglig in Sudan’s border state of South Kordofan after long clashes with the Sudanese army (SAF). Juba said it attacked Heglig in response to ground and aerial attacks conducted by SAF deep inside South Sudanese territories.

The under-secretary of Sudan’s foreign ministry, Rahmtallah Mohammed Osman, said at a press conference in Khartoum organized with representatives of the diplomatic community at the ministry’s headquarters that South Sudan’s army known as the SPLA had entered Heglig with a force of 3,000 fighters supported by artilleries and tanks.

The Sudanese diplomat said that the assailing force had penetrated 70 km inside his country’s territories, stressing that there is no territorial dispute between Sudan and South Sudan over Heglig. He added that South Sudan’s action had torpedoed all agreements signed between the two countries and Khartoum decided therefore to halt negotiations with Juba.

“I don’t think there could be any negotiations in this climate or it will be like the dialogue of the deaf” he stated. Osman said that his country did not want to go to war with South Sudan but Khartoum has a right to defend the integrity of its territories.

He went on to say that Khartoum is asking members of the international community, especially the countries that were indicating that Sudan is destabilizing South Sudan, to reconsider their positions because South Sudan is the one doing so.

He added that South Sudan’s “blatant” invasion of Heglig was a breach to international law and norms, accusing Juba of seeking to control Sudan’s oil-production site in order to hurt its economy.

According to the Sudanese diplomat, the takeover of Heglig clearly demonstrates the unwillingness of South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir to reach a negotiated settlement on the issues of dispute with Sudan.

Moreover, Osman said that Khartoum had lodged an urgent complaint with the UN Security Council (UNSC) asking it to oblige South Sudan to withdraw immediately from Heglig. He added that a similar complaint was sent to the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC).

The ministry official however pointed out that Khartoum will resume efforts towards normal relations with South Sudan as soon as Juba ceases “its acts of aggressions” and harboring of Sudanese rebels in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states on the borders with the south.


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  • 12 April 2012 09:09, by Daniel Buolmawei

    He looks panic. Well, we are coming closer to Kosti, Kaduguli and Kurmuk leave alone talking of Panthou, a Dinka Ngok land which you ridiculed to be Helglig.

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    • 12 April 2012 09:14, by Chok Deng

      Big No to withdrawal from Panthou.Hell to Fake Arabs.

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      • 12 April 2012 11:11, by Ajokbil

        It is nonsence, for our forces to withdraw from Panthou.
        Where was international community where Abyei was captured last year? They should shut up thier mouth.

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    • 12 April 2012 09:42, by Santino Akot

      I think Northern Sudan have a problem.

      1. every since Southern Sudan got independent, Northern Sudan them self know very well how many times they have bomb South Sudan?. Becuase, they believed, the power weapons they bought from China & Russian have believed Southern Government or Southern people are nothing.So, stop saying that Northern Sudan doesn’t want war with South. That’s true be honest.

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      • 12 April 2012 09:44, by Santino Akot

        I mean, this weapon make them believed they distroy Southern Sudan within no time.

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      • 12 April 2012 10:20, by Mi diit

        So called AU and UN should study the situation before giving poor verdict. Where were they when Khartoum continued to bomb South Sudan and occupy our lands. Heglig belongs to South Sudan. Our leaders should explain it clearly.

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    • 12 April 2012 09:58, by Lango2010

      i am really sorry to the so called foreign Affairs undersecretary of fault accusation over My belove Gallant SPLA Soldiers to UNSC and AUHIP, the always trigger the problem and bake aloudly like a salvage dogs forgeting that the point one finger to the South Sudan And three plus others fingers to themselve. wait and see God is gona punish you more, for your Aggressiveness toward this Land of Black

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    • 12 April 2012 13:38, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Mr undersecratary,stop crying like a child when Khartoum invaded Abyei terrtory in JUN 2011,how do you feel?,and where are these international community you are crying in their names where are they?Heglig is South Sudan terrtory,please stop crying this time Arabs & Africans origin
      will try their Strengh,keep tune.


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    • 12 April 2012 16:26, by Simon Deng

      Now come the war, where is Dinka Dominated SPLA? some time ago, I said to us here that when it comes to war and accountibility, you can not see "Mony-Jang" but other Junubiin. Now, majiority of Monyjang(Slaves in Nuer language) are wondering whether it would be the full scale war which would stop their corruption income. Any-way let finish Arab business first and we will see who will leave South.

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  • 12 April 2012 09:12, by Chok Deng

    Don’t cry,beg like a woman to UN,AU,to tell SPLA to withdraw from Panthou.SPLA cannot and will not withdraw from it.Death to Self-proclaimed Arabs.

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  • 12 April 2012 09:15, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

    I don’t have time but we will rest in hell the whole Sudan was our own country not yours it was a mistake to divided somebody body part with someone who don’t have right at the first place God is great,

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    • 12 April 2012 09:24, by Michael Angelo

      Where is Mohemmad, Jalaba & Northern Sudanese to listen this crap hahahahahahaha. They always said they never complain to any third party. So what they’re doing now?

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      • 12 April 2012 09:41, by Ruach

        Ngundeng said,it will be painful that day for boys who stay in Bari/Khartoum.

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        • 12 April 2012 11:47, by Loko El Pollo


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    • 12 April 2012 16:36, by Simon Deng

      Dinka Dominated Food,
      Here you talk. How can you said that it was wrong to divided the Country while you were claiming Grang had the ideology? my friend, south sudanese knows who you are as a community, and you are one of the stupid people on earth I ever met.You been talking about Nuer, I think you don’t know Nuer, they will finished you if you are one of survivor of Bor but You sound polish-BHG

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      • 13 April 2012 03:12, by Born-to-Rule

        Simon Deng,

        With all due respect to you sir, your comment is rubbish. Read your article again and see if it makes any senses to you. Your comment is embarrassing to all southerns. Remember, if you’re going to write respond/comments, make sure you are not making a fool of yourself.

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  • 12 April 2012 09:28, by Madina Tonj

    That area is belong to Dinka and it is within Unity State in South Sudan, these are they areas Pagan Amum want to talk about but the North Sudan defense Minister escape away and went to Khartoum to order air stike against SPLA’S position. I don’t know why SPLA N. are waiting for? take Kurmuk and capital of South Blue Nile and South Kordofan capital then, heading to Khartoum and get them these NCP

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    • 12 April 2012 09:51, by Corrector

      did you forget the days when helgig, untiy,south sudan and your parents were property of THE sudan. You have no claim here fucking coward. Bring your worst, if you can.

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  • 12 April 2012 09:28, by Corrector

    Sudan, end the politics. Kill them all and flat the land from helgig to juba. Can’t wait to see you fuckers.

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    • 12 April 2012 09:33, by Chok Deng

      To Corrector
      Don’t talk of killing Southerners,otherwise we will kill u b4 u open ur mouth.Ha ha don’t cry like a kid.

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      • 12 April 2012 09:44, by Corrector

        Fuck you cunt. You think you have met the likes of us, maybe, in your worst nightmares. Fuck this is incredible. Now we can eliminate the CPA, get everything back. To juba with THE WAR. fucking cunt.

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        • 12 April 2012 10:37, by Ross

          To Corrector
          let me take you back to the division of the Greater Upper Nile State, the NCP divided it into three states and than they divided Unity state into UNity and Fula states whereby they have taken Heglig and add it to Fula. so it must be back to South Sudan.

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        • 12 April 2012 21:49, by Makeethy

          Mr. Corrector: Here is a piece of information. When Bashir declared Jihad on South Sudan, many mujahideen who came to fight ended up being preys to jungle animals.Several convoys of SAF were dispersed few Kms from Juba.Many ofthem (Mujahideen), inexperienced, and have no knowledge of jungle life got lost in the jungle. They died of hunger and fed with by wild animals. So don’t bother.You be a prey

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    • 12 April 2012 17:06, by zulu

      You seriouse believe will have to go to war with South Sudan at this time? You must have calculated the cost before you say those things. It will be heavey for you because of the infrastructure which we do not have. Once everything is flattened all over between the 2 countrys, then we will start anew to rebuild it. Khartoum’s scenic view will not be there. No bridges to use

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  • 12 April 2012 09:30, by Madit

    Mr.great thief Rahma Mohammed you Arabs are really so stupid indeed to called Heglig Arabs Territory and it is South Sudan land.
    what does the word Sudan mean ?
    Arab should have change North Sudan to different name because Sudan mean black.

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    • 12 April 2012 09:45, by Corrector

      sudan means black in FUCKING ARABIC YOU FUCKING MORON. Fuck.. join the army SPLA asap.. sould make it easier to win with the likes of you in the SPLA

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  • 12 April 2012 09:31, by Deng

    Wow!! I thought SPLA only when 30Km beyond Heglig. I am glad to hear from them that they even when 70Km beyond that estimate. Next I would love to hear that they when 1000KM to khartoum..

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  • 12 April 2012 09:37, by Madit

    Jalaby, where are you? why are you keeping quite go to your uncle Bashir and tell him to come and stay in Heglig if he is son of man you Arabs are confuse indeed. instead of taking your trip to Saudi Arabs where man fuck man.call your mother Iran, your sister Iraq. take your machine and come to South your will see fire between your buttocks

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    • 12 April 2012 09:49, by Corrector

      i see you know everything about gay shit.. probably because you are, but enough of your faggotary, did you really think we will take back juba in 24 hours? give your self some more credit.. it will probably be years before we get juba again. Don’t worry faggot, we will always search for you.

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    • 12 April 2012 10:19, by Makuei


      Is mourning the death of his sharia fools at the border around oilfields. Well, Sharia-law fools are crying before we get to Khartoum.

      It’s good for them to bomb, raid and attack the South but cry when South Sudan patriotic forces respond in defense, we did not do it in kind yet!

      Oil must not flow to North again. Cowards ran away and when keep the empty Town for them, it’s a probl

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  • 12 April 2012 09:37, by Deng

    Michael Angelo....lol
    hahahah...when Jalaba, North Sudanese, and mohamed ali hear about SAF bombing Unity state, they spend 24/7 online writing crap...hahahah now that they saw SPLA respond accordingly, they stayed muted. I wonder when they will start writing their bullshit here online. They are probably waiting for NCP respond who is trying to train their troops or lobby UN and AU next time.

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    • 12 April 2012 09:46, by Corrector

      Sometimes good things take time. Eliminating south sudan is an extra good thing, so i assume it will take a little more time. don’t worry, we saved enough for everyone of you.. you’re time will come soon.

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      • 13 April 2012 03:26, by Born-to-Rule


        First of all, Khartoum did eliminated south South Sudan during the civil war. So, what makes you think Khartoum will defeat south Sudan this time?. The fake Arabs/inbreed will never succeeded of taking over south Sudan. In your dream dude.

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  • 12 April 2012 10:39, by Sudan virus

    Proverb! If you don’t listen to your father (international community), neighbor and relatives (citizens) you will one time come and Neel before them begging for their help.

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  • 12 April 2012 11:00, by Bentiu CAPTAIN

    SAF told its BASHIR and the Minister of defence that it was not easy to JOKE with "SOUTH SUDAN APLA", but they did not listen ,now let them feel the heat.


    God bless South Sudan.

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  • 12 April 2012 11:56, by Northern Sudanese

    HAHAHAHAHAHA i just love the way the SPLA is going furthermore northwards without knowing that they are going so deep that they might not be able to return home...our air force and ground forces will come soon...i support SPLA in going deeper so that the party gets bigger :D hahaha

    SPLA sent 3,000 fighters so thats 1/4 of the total south army?
    thats fantastic we can now kill 3,000 southerners :D

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    • 12 April 2012 12:55, by Smith

      Mohamed Ali, you may think that SPLA is going deeper carrying sticks and not weapon but you will be surprise how we are going to skinned alive the so called Mujahideen........the MPs of Southern Kordufan in Khartoum Assembly refused to mobilized and recruits your young people because they are going to be victim of SPLA experienced fighters....she was right and I agree with her. let those of Bashir

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  • 28 July 2012 17:41, by danaray79

    Thanks to a brilliant effort in publishing your article. One can be more informative as this. There are many things I can know only after reading your wonderful article. Thesis Writing.

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