France was shocked to learn of the bombing by the Sudanese army which affected a camp of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan. It condemns this unacceptable act against a peacekeeping operation and reaffirms its solidarity with the UN forces.
France urges Sudan to immediately cease its military operations in South Sudanese territory and urges the South Sudanese authorities to withdraw from Heglig. It also condemns the South Sudanese military incursion into Sudanese territory and the capture of the town of Heglig. These acts jeopardize regional stability and could lead the two States into a dangerous and widespread confrontation.
The border dispute between the two States cannot be resolved through military operations but through a political negotiation based on respect for each State’s territorial integrity and their international commitments. France lends its full support to all of the international and African organizations involved in resolving the disputes between Sudan and South Sudan. It urges Khartoum and Juba to actively cooperate with them in order to peacefully resolve their disputes.
The implementation of the agreements of June 29 and July 31, 2011, on the establishment of a demilitarized and internationally monitored border area, as well as the cooperation and non-aggression agreement of February 10, 2012, must be urgently pursued in order to achieve a political settlement of the current tensions.
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