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.
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