Sudan's Bashir: no negotiations with southern foe

Mon Apr 23, 2012 12:06pm GMT
 

HEGLIG REGION, Sudan (Reuters) - Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir vowed on Monday not to negotiate with South Sudan after it occupied the oil-producing Heglig region.

"We will not negotiate with the South's government, because they don't understand anything but the language of the gun and ammunition," he told Sudanese troops at a barracks near the oilfield along the contested border.

General Kamal Abdul Maarouf, a Sudanese army commander who led the battles in Heglig, said the army had killed 1,200 South Sudanese troops in fighting in the area, an account South Sudan denied.

Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, July 1, 2011. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
 
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