Sudan Demands Compensation on Losses in Heglig
Khartoum - Government conditioned building of normal relations with South Sudan through the candid admission and recognition by Government of Juba with all the signed agreements and understandings in particular the six agreements signed in the security field, the last of which the agreement of non-aggression and cooperation signed in Addis Ababa on the tenth of February 2012. In addition to the candid admission and recognition of the borders of the first of January 1956 in accordance with the signed agreements besides halting recurring assault on the Sudanese territories, pulling out of its forces from Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan States. In addition to disengagement with the ninth and tenth divisions of SPLA and stopping supporting them besides halting harboring and supporting Darfur Movements that rejected to sign Doha Peace Document of in Darfur.
The Government announced its adhering to the right of compensation for the losses occurred as a result of the aggression on Heglig by the State of South Sudan.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed that the State of South Sudan is still repeating the claim that Heglig belongs to it in a sheer challenge to the international community, referring to the fact that all documents confirm the belonging of Heglig to Sudan with testimony of the international community besides insistence of the State of South Sudan to attack Sudan which constitutes threat to the international security and peace.
The Ministry said that the decisive victory of the armed forces over the army of South Sudan came in the context of employing Sudan the principle of the right of States to self-defense and repulse the aggression stipulated in all the international charters, after the refusal of South Sudan State to respond to all the international calls and appeals for immediate and unconditioned withdrawal from the territories that it occupied by aggression and incursion.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed that the Government of Sudan has not assaulted and will not assault the State of South Sudan in commitment with the principle of good neighborliness and international laws and norms and that it has the legal right to protect its borders with South Sudan in accordance with 1/11056 borders.
It drew the attention of the international community to the fact that the State of South Sudan despite the current rejection of the international community to the heinous aggression on Heglig which is regarded as assault on sovereignty and territories of Sudan, still claims that Heglig belongs to it. This reflects defiance to the will of the international community and deviation from the international norms concerning maintaining the sovereignty and integrity of the territories of states. That only means the insistence of the State of South Sudan on the method of aggression and non-recognition with the principle of the sacredness of borders which represent continuous threat to the international security and peace.
The Ministry of foreign Affairs commended the stances of the international community on top of which UN and its Secretary General, the international Security Council, African Union, the organization of Islamic cooperation and all the states and international and regional organizations in condemning this aggression and demanding the withdrawal of the forces of the State of South Sudan from Heglig. It also appealed them at the same time to continue their efforts and exercise pressures on the State of South Sudan to control its aggressive behavior against Sudan besides stopping all forms of support to rebel movements. In addition to obliging the State of South Sudan to faithfully implement all the understandings and agreements reached by the two countries with the testimony of the international community.
It emphasized the complete commitment of Sudan with all the signed agreements and arrangements especially in the security domain. It further renewed its confidence in African Union High Implementation panel (AUHIP), believing in the role of the African Union and its ability to settle disputes and conflicts in the continent for the prevailing of peace and security, affirming that the Republic of Sudan will continue shouldering all its responsibilities in maintaining the regional peace and security in conformity with the African Union charter and international charters and norms.
It said that Ministry of foreign Affairs by adhering to its legal, legitimate and inherent right in demanding compensation for all the losses and damages caused by the State of South Sudan including the damages to the oil facilities during the whole period of its heinous occupation of Heglig area, it calls on the international community on top of which the UN and the regional organizations to take all measures that enable the Republic of the Sudan to maintain this right.
It further emphasized Sudan's complete commitment with the principle of resolving disputes through the peaceful means, pointing out to maintaining normal relations with South Sudan on which Sudan has always been keen.
By Al-Sammani Awadallah, 21/04/2012