South Sudan forces to withdraw from oil-rich Heglig region

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Agnes Oswaha, Acting Deputy Permanent Representative of South Sudan to the UN

South Sudan says its forces will withdraw from the contested Heglig region of Sudan within the next three days.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon earlier this week called on South Sudan to withdraw from the oil-producing region, and for Sudan to stop bombing its southern neighbour.

Speaking at the UN on Friday evening, South Sudan's acting deputy ambassador Agnes Oswaha said her country remains committed to dialogue with Sudan.

"The Republic of South Sudan took this decision because it does not wish to see a return to war and seeks an immediate resumption of negotiations between the two parties."

 South Sudan became an independent nation in July 2011 after two decades of civil war that ended with the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement.

(Duration: 16 secs)

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