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Russian, Sudanese Foreign Ministers to Meet in Moscow

RIA Novosti

04:44 30/04/2012 MOSCOW, April 30 (RIA Novosti) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will on Monday hold talks with his Sudanese counterpart Ali Karti, the Russian ministry reported.

Karti’s working visit to Moscow is being held against a background of an aggravating situation on the border between Sudan and South Sudan and active regional and international efforts aimed at preventing a new hotbed of military confrontation from appearing.

“With account for this, the talks between Lavrov and Karti will focus on discussions of measures called upon to prevent a further escalation of tensions in relations between Sudan and South Sudan,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

South Sudan won independence in 2011 in a referendum that came as part of a peace deal to end decades of civil war. However, fighting still rages in disputed territory along the border with Sudan. Thousands are feared dead in a series of recent tribal clashes in the country.

On April 10, South Sudan forces invaded the oil-producing border region of Heglig, which the 2009 ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague included in Sudan’s South Kordofan state. Heglig accounts for 60,000 out of 115,000 barrels of oil produced in Sudan daily.

The SUNA news agency said on Friday the Sudanese armed forces retook Heglig, the main city in the eponymous disputed oil district, a week after the South Sudanese armed forces entered the area.

The two ministers will also discuss the state and prospects of Russian-Sudanese relations.

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