Heglig still contended area
The oil rich area around Heglig remains a contended area between the Sudan and South Sudanese governments.
The Sudanese government claim that they have recaptured the town whilst the South Sudanese government claim that they have withdrawn from the area to comply with international pressure.
Whatever the truth, the area remains a battleground between the two countries and is stopping them from getting agreement on the flow of oil from the South through Sudan’s pipeline. In the latest statement to come out of Sudan, President Omar al-Bashir has stated that the northern state will not allow South Sudan to transport its oil through the northern pipeline. Currently that is the only route out of South Sudan to the coast where much of the oil is then exported to China.
The conflict is expected to continue for some time with South Sudan, one of the poorest countries in the world, struggling to fund itself without the oil revenues.