Sudan says it has expelled South Sudanese forces from contested region

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Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman, Permanent Representative of Sudan to the UN

Sudan says it has expelled South Sudanese troops from the oil-producing Heglig region.

Sudanese ambassador Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman told reporters on Friday that his country had exercised the right to self-defence in expelling the forces from its territory.

"I would like to reiterate that we are a peace-loving country. We will not aggress and cross the international border. We hope that they learned their lesson and do not repeat such an aggression."

South Sudan became independent from Sudan in July 2011, but there have been border clashes recently between the two countries which share a border.

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

Duration: 17″

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