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UN warns of Sudan dispute sanctions

The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution threatening non-military sanctions against Sudan and South Sudan if they do not halt escalating violence on their border and return to negotiations.

China, which is a major oil buyer from both countries, and Russia traditionally oppose sanctions but voted in favour of the US-drafted resolution.

The resolution endorses an African Union road map aimed at getting the two countries to step back from the brink of war and resolve their differences.

It condemns repeated cross-border violence between Sudan and South Sudan including troop movements, the South's seizure of the oil-rich town of Heglig and Sudan's aerial bombings in the South.

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