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Fri Dec 19 04:08:56 SAST 2014

Khartoum declares all-out war

Sapa-AFP | 17 April, 2012 00:21
Members of Southern Sudanese security forces prepare for a rehearsal of the upcoming independence day celebrations in Juba
Members of Southern Sudanese security forces prepare for a rehearsal of the upcoming independence day celebrations in Juba July 7, 2011. Southern Sudanese in the country-in-waiting's capital are sprucing up streets, confiscating black market guns and trying to impose order on frenetic traffic to make sure independence day goes smoothly on Saturday.
Image by: HO / Reuters

Sudan's parliament voted unanimously yesterday to brand the government of South Sudan an enemy after southern troops invaded the north's main oilfield.

"The government of South Sudan is an enemy and all Sudanese state agencies have to treat her accordingly," the parliament's resolution said.

After the vote, parliamentary speaker Ahmed Ibrahim el-Tahir called for the overthrow of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement, which rules the South.

"We announce that we will clash with SPLM until we end its government of South Sudan. We collect all our resources to reach this goal," he said.

World powers urged restraint after fighting began with waves of aerial bombardment hitting the South, whose troops last week seized Khartoum's main Heglig oil region from Khartoum's army.

It is the most serious clash since South Sudan became independent in July. When the South broke away, Khartoum lost about 75% of its oil production and billions in revenue, leaving the Heglig area as its main oil centre.

Last Tuesday's attack caused a total production shutdown.

Legislators said those responsible for the loss of a region that accounted for about half the country's oil output should be held accountable.

"How did we lose Heglig in a matter of hours?" MP Samia Habani asked.

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