April 19 - Sudan's president vows to 'liberate' South Sudan from its ruling party as tensions escalate. Paul Chapman reports.
As border clashes between Sudan and South Sudan threaten to escalate into all-out war, the temperature of the rhetoric is also rising. Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir says he now wants to 'liberate' the south from its ruling party, less than a year after it became an independent nation. SOUNDBITE: SUDAN PRESIDENT OMAR HASSAN AL-BASHIR SAYING (Arabic): "We put confidence in the SPLM and empowered them in ruling the south. Now the battle will be between us and them, either they curb us or we curb them." The crisis escalated last week after South Sudan seized the disputed Heglig oil region. The move prompted Sudan's parliament to urge its speedy recapture. Both nations are economically dependent on oil and protracted fighting would be severely damaging. Global powers are calling on both sides to end the fighting, a plea so far unheeded. Paul Chapman, Reuters