April 11, 2012 / 2:02 PM / 8 years ago

African Union tells S. Sudan to withdraw from Heglig oilfield

ADDIS ABABA, April 11 (Reuters) - The African Union (AU) called on South Sudan to withdraw its army from the disputed oil-producing region of Heglig on Wednesday after clashes with former civil war foe Sudan that have raised the risk of broader conflict.

The AU “calls upon both parties to exercise utmost restraint and to respect the territorial integrity of the other state,” it said in a statement.

“In particular, the African Union notes with alarm the occupation of Heglig by the armed forces of the Republic of South Sudan, and calls for their immediate and unconditional withdrawal.” (Reporting by Aaron Maasho; Writing by Alexander Dziadosz; Editing by John Stonestreet)

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