Sudan President Omar al-Bashir Says No More Talks With South

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said on Monday there will be no more talks with South Sudan, despite the urging of US President Barack Obama and United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon.
“No negotiation with those people,” he said of the South Sudanese regime, which he earlier described as an “insect” that must be eliminated.
“Our talks with them were with guns and bullets,” he told soldiers in the main oil region of Heglig, which the South occupied for 10 days.
On Friday, Bashir and Defence Minister Abdelrahim Mohammed Hussein – both wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes in Sudan’s Darfur region – declared the army had forced Southern soldiers out of Heglig.
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir had already announced that his forces would leave under “an orderly withdrawal”. His army said the pullout was completed on Sunday.
Border clashes between Sudan and South Sudan escalated early this month with waves of air strikes hitting the South, and Juba seizing the Heglig oil hub on April 10, sparking fears of a wider war.
Obama said late Friday that “the presidents of Sudan and South Sudan must have the courage to return to the table and negotiate and resolve these issues peacefully.”
Ban urged both governments “to resume negotiations immediately” under a mediation effort led by African Union envoy Thabo Mbeki, the former South African president.
Sudan pulled out of those talks after the Heglig invasion.
The African Union (AU), which has for years sought to broker a sustainable peace between the rivals, on Sunday again called for “a complete cessation of all hostilities,” and a swift resumption of talks.
Both sides should consider their “responsibility towards their region, the rest of Africa and the larger international community,” the AU statement said.
At the UN, South Sudanese Ambassador Agnes Oswaha said Juba decided to withdraw from Heglig “because it does not wish to see a return to war and seeks an immediate resumption of negotiations between the two parties.”
Sudan’s foreign ministry earlier set four conditions for “normal” relations with South Sudan. Among those is an end to support for ethnic rebels fighting Khartoum in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.
Juba has denied such support.



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