Security Council demands S. Sudan troops withdraw from disputed oil town

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UN Peacekeepers on Patrol in Abyei

The UN Security Council says it is considering what action to take against South Sudan and Sudan if the countries do not end the hostilities and fighting.

Members were briefed on the situation Wednesday and are demanding that the South Sudan Army (SPLA) withdraw from Heglig a town just east of the disputed oil rich Abyei region. They also say that Sudan must stop aerial bombardments and incursions into South Sudan.

US Ambassador Susan Rice, who is Security Council president for the month says this latest development comes in the context of repeated violations over the last several weeks of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of both countries.

"I think we will continue to work in the coming days on perhaps a more comprehensive product that we hope will have a salutary impact on both sides and have-and persuade both sides that it is absolutely imperative that the fighting stop that they pull back their forces and return to the negotiating table."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been working to defuse the situation and has spoken with South Sudan's President Salva Kiir. He's encouraging the withdrawal of troops and a presidential summit between the two countries to be held immediately.

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