[For the full text of the letter go to: http://paanluelwel2011.wordpress.com/2012/04/14/republic-of-south-sudan-letter-to-the-un-security-council/]
Ouote on Hegliq from the ambassador's letter:
"I wish to underline that there is widespread misunderstanding with regards to the status of Heglig. In July 2009, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) defined the boundaries of the Abyei Area, and placed Heglig outside of the Abyei Area. This has been misunderstood to mean that Heglig is definitively inside the Republic of Sudan. However, the PCA did not rule on the border between north and south - it ruled only on the boundaries of the Abyei Area. South Sudan accepted, and continues to accept, the PCA ruling as it applies to the Abyei Area. However, both Sudan and South Sudan maintain that the North/South border is not yet fully agreed, and specifically, both sides claim Heglig as being within their territory. For this reason, South Sudan has always contended that Heglig is one of the disputed areas. It is the South Sudan position that the 1/1/56 border, which under the terms of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement is the basis for the North/South border, in fact lies well to the north of Heglig. It was only much later, once oil was discovered in this region, that successive Governments in Khartoum sought to shift the North/South border southwards. For example, then Minister of Federal Affairs Nafie Ali Nafie signed a document on 14 June 2004 informing the then Governor of Unity state that the Heglig region did not belong to Unity state in the South but rather to Western Kordofan state in the North. This demonstrates the ongoing competing claims about this area."
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