Sudan's Bashir vows to retake disputed oil region

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Sudan's Bashir vows to retake disputed oil region

Sudan's Bashir vows to retake disputed oil region
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Sudanese leader Omar al-Bashir vowed on Thursday to retake the disputed oil producing region of Heglig from South Sudan.

“We will not give them an inch of our country, and whoever extends his hand on Sudan, we will cut it,” Bashir told a rally of thousands of people in El-Obeid, capital of Sudan’s North Kordofan state.

“Heglig is in Kordofan,” he said in the speech broadcast on state television, dancing and waving his walking stick.

South Sudan took Heglig last week, claiming the territory as its own and refusing to withdraw.

Heglig has been internationally recognised as being part of Sudan, although that is contested by Juba.

The renewed tensions between the two African neighbours have raised fears of an all-out war.

South Sudan ceded from Sudan last July.

But the two countries are still haggling over the divorce settlement.

Landlocked South Sudan took with it three-quarters of the old’s country oil production of 480,000 barrels a day.

But they have been unable to reach an agreement over how much Juba should pay Khartoum to export crude via Sudanese pipelines.