Security Council Calls on Sudans to Stop Fighting

Posted May 2nd, 2012 at 11:40 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Security Council has adopted a resolution calling on Sudan and South Sudan to stop fighting and resolve their issues, or face possible sanctions.

The 15-nation Council voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of the resolution, which demands both sides “immediately cease all hostilities” and reach an agreement on oil, border and citizenship issues.

The document stresses the need to restore a “comprehensive, just and lasting peace between Sudan and South Sudan.”

The draft says if either side fails to comply with the resolution, the Security Council “expresses its intention” to take action under Article 41 of the U.N. Charter. The clause allows the council to take non-military action, including economic sanctions, to back up its decisions.

Russia and China, both veto-wielding permanent members of the council, had resisted the possibility of sanctions but supported the resolution in the end.

The draft notes a decision last week by the African Union's Peace and Security Council, which gave Sudan and South Sudan 90 days to settle oil, citizenship and boundary issues or face binding international arbitration.

AU-mediated talks between the two Sudans have produced little progress.

Meanwhile, Sudan said Wednesday that it has resumed pumping oil from the Heglig oil fields, which South Sudan occupied for 10 days last month.