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UN sanctions on the two Sudans?

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    UN council mulls Sudan, S.Sudan sanctions to end clashes

    * US envoy gives no details of possible sanctions
    * South Sudan seized Heglig oil field in Sudan
    By Michelle Nichols
    Tue Apr 17, 2012 3:12pm EDT

    UNITED NATIONS, April 17 (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council discussed on Tuesday possibly imposing sanctions on Sudan and South Sudan if the African neighbors did not stop border clashes that were threatening to spiral into full-scale war, said the U.S. envoy to the United Nations.

    Fighting along the ill-defined border between the former civil-war foes has led to a standoff over the Heglig oil field after it was seized a week ago by troops from South Sudan, which declared independence last year.

    The 15-nation Security Council reiterated its call for a "complete, immediate, unconditional" end to all fighting and for Sudan to stop air strikes and South Sudan to withdraw troops from the vital oil field.

    "Council members discussed ways to leverage the influence of the council to press the parties to take these steps, and included in that a discussion potentially of sanctions," U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice told reporters.

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