Sudan and South Sudan urged to resolve their differences amicably

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The United Nations is calling for an end to border hostilities between Sudan and South Sudan.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon appealed to the leaders of both countries to meet urgently to negotiate a durable solution to their differences.

During a Geneva press conference Thursday, the Secretary General reiterated an earlier call by the Security Council for South Sudan to immediately withdraw it troops from the Sudanese oil town of Heglig.

Mr. Ban said the on going hostilities would have been avoided had the two countries heeded his call to resolve the outstanding issues in their comprehensive peace agreement before the referendum on independence.

"This is really a very serious situation, I have called on both sides to exercise utmost restraint and called for the withdrawal of South Sudanese forces from Heglig . Sudanese troops in Abyei and South Sudanese police forces in Abyei they must all withdraw in accordance with the agreement of June last year. This will provide the political space for them to resolve all these issues. I am urging President Bashir and President Salva Kiir to meet at their level. This oil should be used for their coming prosperity."

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