May 1, 2012 (JUBA) – Khartoum’s aggression against South Sudan, according to its vice president, Riek Machar, is driven by the greed.
Machar said Khartoum intends to annex areas of South Sudan which are rich in resources.
South Sudan’s VP Riek Machar (Reuters)
Juba and Khartoum are embroiled in an escalating military conflict in their borderlands.
The accusations were made at a conference organised by the Popular Committee for National Mobilization in Support of the Army in Juba on Tuesday.
Machar reiterated Juba’s claim that the oil-rich Heglig area is part of South Sudan, showing an unidentified map to the audience by way of proof.
Khartoum claims Heglig is part of its territory which was invaded by the South Sudan army (SPLA).
The SPLA claimed it was responding to SAF air and ground attacks in Unity state and repelled them all the way to Heglig. SAF claims the attack was unprovoked. Both sides claim the other has damaged the oil infrastructure in the area.
Machar claimed that Khartoum’s attempted annexing of Heglig began in 2004 when the adviser to the president