South Sudan Concerned Over Khartoum’s Silence On Oil Flow

Minister of Petroleum and Mining Stephen Dhieu. [Gurtong | File]

Hon. Stephen Dhieu yesterday spoke to the press in Juba after meeting with the British Ambassador to South Sudan Ian Hughes. He said Khartoum has till up to now not updated Juba with official information regarding its decision that extended the country’s oil flow through its pipeline.

Dhieu yesterday was sharing with Hughes the oil situation with Khartoum. Hughes’ meeting was a move aimed at bettering diplomatic approaches the fledgling nation should engage with Khartoum in sorting out challenges that may breakdown the implementation of the Cooperation Agreement.

Last week Khartoum was reported to have extended the flow of the oil from August 22 to September 6, 2013.

Dhieu said despite no updates from its foe, Khartoum on the deal, South Sudan has not taken any decision as it is responding based on commitment to the implementation of the Cooperation Agreement.

South Sudan has so far pumped seven million barrels of its oil flow through Khartoum, Dhieu said, and fetching 630 million US dollars.

In June Sudan’s President Omar Hassan Al Bashir threatened to shut down South Sudan oil flow through his territory early in July citing Juba is supporting rebels fighting his government in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile States.

Juba has denied the allegations.

However, AU mediated talks and China’s calls had compelled Khartoum to reconsider its decision and decided to extend the shutdown dates. 

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