Sudan Sticking to Its Position on Compensation against Heglig Losses
Khartoum – The Sudanese Government has reiterated its demand for payment of compensation against the damage done to oil facilities caused as a result of .
Sudan will participate in today’s meetings of the AU Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) with a delegation to be headed by Foreign Minister Ali Karti, Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Al-Obeid Murawah, told reporters yesterday.
He said the Sudanese delegation would brief the Council on the recent developments in Heglig, adding Khartoum would also urge the AUPSC to set up a committee to assess damages in southern Kordofan in general and in Heglig in particular.
The spokesperson said the manner in which the oil facilities were destroyed indicated that foreign experts were involved in destruction, adding Khartoum would demand payment of compensation for the damage done to oil facilities since the outbreak of the crisis 10th April.
The Ministry also revealed that the Council would discuss a complaint submitted by the Sudanese Government over attack launched by South Sudan forces against the Joint Forces between Sudan, Chad and CAR.
The representatives of the countries which will participate in the Council’s meeting would present documents and information to prove involvement of the South in the assault.
Meanwhile, the Ministry revealed that contacts are made with the ICRC to ensure safety of Sudanese POWs in custody of South Sudan.
The Sudanese Government reiterated its commitment to international standards with regard to South Sudan’s POWs.
“Sudan is not a barbaric state as it knows how to treat POWs in accordance with international laws and norms” the Ministry spokesperson said, adding that some of the POWs were captured during the attack against Buhairat Abiyat and the ICRC was informed about Sudan’s concern over liquidation of some of the prisoners but contacts were underway between Khartoum, Cairo and Juba to ensure the release of some POWs.
By Mohamed Abdullah, 23/04/2012