Mon, Jun 10, 2013 - Page 6 News List

Sudan orders stoppage of South Sudan oil exports

CALL TO ARMS:The order comes just months after an oil-sharing deal was struck between the two countries and was accompanied by a call to ready for ‘holy war’

Reuters, KHARTOUM

Sudan’s main opposition parties, although weak, have promised mass protests across Sudan to topple al-Bashir within three months, saying the rebellions and an economic crisis have weakened the government.

South Sudanse Minister of Information Barnaba Marial Benjamin repeated his country’s longstanding denial that it backs or arms rebels bent on toppling al-Bashir.

“We haven’t heard anything about that [the oil stoppage] yet. We had agreed that the oil would flow,” Benjamin told reporters.

He said any disputes between the neighbours should be addressed through the African Union, which brokered the March deal that allowed the oil to resume flowing.

Analysts say Juba is unlikely to be giving direct support to the insurgents, but that some officials are sympathetic to their cause as many of the insurgents sided with the south during decades of civil war.

South Sudan also accuses Khartoum of backing rebels on its territory.

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