Sudan will not "give an inch" of country: Bashir

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 19, 2012 4:33 AM
Sudan will not "give an inch" of country: Bashir

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan's Omar Hassan al-Bashir on Thursday said he would retake the disputed oil-producing Heglig region after escalating border clashes with South Sudan that have edged the two African neighbors closer to all-out war.

"We will not give them an inch of our country, and whoever extends his hand on Sudan, we will cut it," Bashir told a rally of thousands of people in El-Obeid, capital of Sudan's North Kordofan state.

"Heglig is in Kordofan," he said in the speech broadcast on state television, dancing and waving his walking stick.

(Reporting by Alexander Dziadosz; Editing by Alison Williams)