Bashir : Recent military maneuvers revive spirit of 'jihad'- Kuwait Times
[April 19, 2012]
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By MICHAEL ONYIEGO
The Associated Press
JUBA, South Sudan U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Sudan and South Sudan on Thursday to step back from the brink of war and return to the negotiating table.
Ban called on South Sudan to immediately withdraw its forces from the oil-rich Heglig area, calling their invasion "an infringement on the sovereignty of Sudan and a clearly illegal act." He called on the government of Sudan to immediately stop shelling and bombing South Sudanese territory and withdraw its forces from disputed territories including Abyei.
The secretary-general said both countries "must stop supporting proxy forces against each other."
He spoke to reporters in New York Thursday as the Arab League announced it would hold an emergency meeting over the increasing violence between the two countries.
On the ground, the south reported new skirmishes and Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir increased his threats of war toward the south.
Al-Bashir said the recent violence has "revived the spirit of jihad" in Sudan. South Sudan said it had repulsed four attacks from Sudan over a 24-hour period as fighting on the border showed no signs of slowing.
"This is not the time for war," the U.N. secretary-general told reporters at U.N. headquarters in New York. "This is a time for leadership, for engagement, for negotiation in the name of humanity, and in the interests of the people of both countries and the region."
Instead of sending 100 US Special Forces soldiers to Uganda to hunt for the mysterious “Kony” - how about sending them to South Sudan to help them train something/anything to help the country protect itself from Sudan?