Special Briefing via Teleconference on Recent Developments in Sudan and South Sudan thanks to everyone for joining us on relatively short notice. Weíre very fortunate to have Ambassador Princeton Lyman, who is the U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan joining us from Khartoum,
MR. TONER: Thank you very much, and thanks to everyone for joining us on relatively short notice. Weíre very fortunate to have Ambassador Princeton Lyman, who is the U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan joining us from Khartoum, where he is carrying out meetings, and I believe has more meetings yet still to come. But he took some time out of his schedule. Heís here to brief on recent developments in Sudan and South Sudan, and read out his recent trip to Juba as well as his meetings in Khartoum.
So without further hesitation or further pause, Iíll just hand it over to Ambassador Lyman.
AMBASSADOR LYMAN: Mark, thank you very much. Thanks to all of you for being on the line. Let me give a quick kind of overview of whatís going on from our point of view and then want to take your questions.
We are, of course, dealing with a very, very serious crisis between Sudan and South Sudan, one in which armed clashes are taking place, and a major event took place a few days ago with the Ė South Sudanís occupation of the Heglig area. First of all, itís important to note that the reaction and position of the international community was quick and absolutely unified, and it wasnít by coordination. We all just Ė all saw the situation the same way Ė that this was an extremely dangerous step by South Sudan and it threatened a much wider conflict.
Many people have been involved in various things. Iíll talk a little about my activity in relation to others. I was in Juba for several days and met there with President Kiir and the senior leadership on Ė we had a long series of meetings over several days. In Khartoum, Iíve been having meetings here with both government and party leaders, and will continue to have more meetings before I leave.
A couple of general things: I was quoted in an article saying that there Ė itís already war, but thatís not true. Obviously, armed clashes are taking place, and thatís very true and terribly, terribly troublesome. But itís important to note how governments are being very careful about this, and as you note, a new statement just coming out of Juba making it clear that they are not seeing themselves at war with Sudan and they want to return to peaceful relationship.
Now, what youíre seeing, of course, also is an enormous amount of very emotional, very powerful rhetoric coming out here from Khartoum, raising the stakes in many ways. And thatís worrisome in and of itself. But in the discussions Iíve had with Ė in both Khartoum and Juba, I can say with confidence that virtually everyone Iíve talked to has said, ďLook, we donít want to go to all-out war with