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Arab Parliament urges South Sudan to withdraw from key border town
Cairo, Apr 15 (Petra) -- The Arab Parliament on Sunday called on South Sudan for restraint and to withdraw from the town of Hegleg in Sudan's main oil-producing region where Southern forces have taken control earlier this week.

The Arab Parliament also slammed a visit by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the island of Abu Mousa, one of three islands held by Iran but are claimed by the United Arab Emirates.

A statement signed by Arab Parliament head Salem Deqbasi said that the Arab Parliament's bureau holding a meeting at Arab League headquarters in Cairo called on South Sudan to heed the voice of reason and immediately pull its forces out of the areas it had occupied inside Sudanese territory, including Heglig.

It urged Juba to settle differences with Khartoum according to a peace plan and stop all belligerent actions that would hold back progress and development in the newly-declared state.

Sudan's army said yesterday it had launched a counterattack towards Heglig. World powers have urged restraint after the latest round of heavy fighting that broke out on Tuesday with waves of aerial bombardment hitting the South.

The unrest has prompted Khartoum to pull out of African Union-led crisis talks aimed at resolving the long-running dispute with Juba over oil, border demarcation, contested areas and citizenship issues.

15/4/2012 - 03:47:47 PM

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