ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Sudan and South Sudan broke off security talks on Thursday after failing to agree on a demilitarized zone along their disputed border to help prevent them slipping into outright warfare.
The African neighbors came close to war when a border dispute in April saw the worst violence since South Sudan split from Sudan in July under a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of civil war.
Both countries, which accuse each other of supporting rebels in the other’s territory, returned to African Union-mediated negotiations last week, the first direct talks since the border clashes.
After 10 days of talks, the two sides were unable to agree where to draw a demilitarized buffer zone along the 1,800-km- (1,200-mile-) long border.
Khartoum’s delegation accused South Sudan of making new land claims, most importantly to the Heglig oil field whose output is vital to Sudan‘s battered economy. The southern army had temporarily occupied Heglig during the recent fighting.
“The border is based on a map that we have been using for the past six years (since the 2005 peace deal was signed), but they (South Sudan) have included five areas within their border,” Sudanese Defense Minister Abdel Raheem Mohamed Hussein said.
“We consider it
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