UPDATE 2-Sudan says Heglig oilfield repaired, pumping oil

Wed May 2, 2012 3:02pm GMT

(Adds background, details)

* South Sudan seized oilfield briefly last month

* Sudan says oil started pumping on Monday

* Khartoum accuses foreigners of taking part in oil field destruction

El-Tayeb Siddig

HEGLIG, Sudan, May 2 (Reuters) - Sudan said on Wednesday the Heglig oilfield, scene of intense fighting with South Sudan last month, has been repaired and has started pumping oil.

The two countries have been embroiled in weeks of fighting along their 1,800 km (1,200 mile) border, threatening to tip the region, which sits atop one of Africa's most significant oil deposits, into a full-blown conflict.

South Sudan's army, the SPLA, also said it killed 27 Sudanese army soldiers in a clash in Unity state on Tuesday.

But despite the persistent clashes in the border region, the two countries have so far stopped short of waging all-out war, with their positions now broadly the same as before the south seized Heglig.   Continued...

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