We Are Not Supporting Rebels: South Sudan

South Sudanese government Spokesperson Dr Barnaba Marial affirmed that South Sudan is committed to the full implementation of the Cooperation Agreement with its northern neighbour. [Gurtong | File]

South Sudanese government Spokesperson Dr Barnaba Marial told Gurtong in an interview that the closure of the South Sudan oil flow cannot only be decided by President Bashir alone, saying it is an issue that is being owned not only by Sudan and South Sudan but also the international community.

“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.

“We are completely surprised but as we know there are so many agreements dishonoured. We thought that Khartoum have learnt from the past that it is not the way to do things, that there are other ways of doing things and that South Sudan is now a sovereign nation”, he said.

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.

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