“The accusation that we are supporting the rebels is not true. They have got their own internal difficulties and they want to use South Sudan as scapegoat”, he said.
“For President Bashir to say he is closing the oil flow is not a responsible decision. It is both a regional and international agreement that involves the African Union and the UN Security Council”, Dr Marial said. “This is the decision that contravenes the spirit of the cooperation agreement,” he added.
Dr Marial affirmed that South Sudan is committed to the full implementation of the Cooperation Agreement with its northern neighbour.
By the time of going to press, President Bashir ordered the closure of Sudan’s oil pipeline transporting South Sudan oil with effect from Sunday over political differences with South Sudan.