High level committee formed for talks with Sudan
A high level political committee was formed by South Sudan for having a dialogue with Sudan in a bid to reduce the tensions related to oil. The two counties, back in September have signed an agreement to resolve their disputes and facilitate oil trade but the things happening around in the past few days proved to be otherwise.
A five-hour cabinet meeting that was chaired by President Salva Kiir Mayardit has resolved that a high-level committee be formed. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, the official spokesperson of the Government said that it is resolved to have Vice-President Riek Machar head the delegation that with talk with the counterparts from Sudan. Machar would leave to Khartoum along with a delegation which also comprises key ministers.
It is unclear as to when the delegation will leave to Khartoum and the official word is only that they will leave "any time" soon.
It may be recalled that, on June 8, 2013, Sudanese President Omer Hassan Al Bashir has directed its Petroleum Minister to block the oil flow. The President has used the opportunity of accusing Juba of harbouring and arming a coalition of rebel groups fighting the government.