“The security of that area is the hands of UNISFA and the Sudan armed forces…we are not in Abyei. We left Abyei since two years ago,” he told Gurtong.
“Khartoum who is blocking the oil pipeline is also the one blowing the pipeline,” Marial added.
Gen. Malaak Ayuen, Head of Information and Public Relations at the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) Headquarters said the accusations are concocted. He said SPLA have for months withdrawn from areas in Heglig back to Unity State.
On Thursday Sudanese Army Spokesperson Al-Sawami Khalid however said the pipeline line which runs through Difra oil field to the Heglig processing facility was being repaired to restore the oil flow.
The Difra oilfield, whose output makes up less than one percent of Sudan’s annual production, is in the disputed Abyei territory which both countries claim.
Sudan has been operating it since South Sudan seceded in 2011. The field is part of a block run by the Greater Nile Petroleum Operating Company (GNPOC), a consortium of Chinese, Malaysian, Indian and Sudanese companies.