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South Sudan announces withdrawal from oil region

Friday, April 20, 2012

South Sudan has pledged to immediately withdraw troops from an oil region it seized after crossing the border with Sudan.

The South’s information minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin told reporters in the capital Juba on Friday that the withdrawal will be completed within 3 days.

He said President Salva Kiir had ordered the withdrawal.

The South’s government did not make clear why the decision was taken, but it has been under increasing international pressure. The United Nations and African Union have urged the pullout.

But Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir threatened to oust the government of South Sudan in a speech on Wednesday.

The focus is now on whether the withdrawal will take place quickly enough to stop conflict intensifying between the 2 countries.

Friday, April 20, 2012