Three foreigners whom Sudanese
authorities arrested for illegally entering an oil-producing border area
arrived at the military airport in Khartoum on Saturday, a Reuters witness
Sudan said it had arrested a Briton, a
South African and a Norwegian in part of the disputed Heglig area, scene of
recent fighting between Sudan and South Sudan. Sudan said they had been seen
entering with a soldier from South Sudan.
The witness said two Western men and two
African men arrived on a civilian plane at the airport.
One of the Western men was wearing a
t-shirt that said "Norwegian People's Aid. Mine Action South Africa,"
the witness said.
In response, South Sudan's army
said that the arrested foreigners were not helping its forces, contrary to
accusations by Khartoum.
"That is rubbish and just a
lie," the spokesman for South Sudan's army (SPLA), Philip Aguer, said.
Aguer said SPLA sources in Bentiu, the
capital of South Sudan's Unity State, told him that a U.N. truck had got lost
in the disputed border area and were "caught by the Sudanese Armed
"The humanitarian truck ... should
have been allowed free passage," Aguer said.