Sudan says South is delaying oil shipment delay by not disengaging from rebels near border

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The Deputy Speaker of the Sudanese Parliament Samia Ahmed Mohamed is reported to have said to a leading international media outlet that the delay caused in oil shipments was actually because of South Sudan. She citied that oil production cannot resume unless South Sudan disengages from rebels near the border shared by the two countries.

This is not the first time that Sudan accused South Sudan for supporting or affiliating rebel movement across the border that was shared by the two countries. South Sudan was rejecting the blame.

It was only in September 2012 that the top leadership of the two countries sat together and signed a series of agreements that will help both the countries go forward. But not much has happened since. The topic of oil shipment is important for both the counties, considering both of them need oil to be exported to fuel their economies. Unrest in some of the regions at the border has added fuel to fire to the delay.

Meanwhile, South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit, on Monday, has accused Sudan of putting new conditions for carrying out the deal and threw the blame back on Sudan. Kiir has made it clear that its government cannot act at the 'new demands' made by Sudan.

It may be recalled South Sudan military has pointed fingers at Sudan for bombing its territory, targeting rebels in Darfur. Kiir charged Sudan was using its "usual excuse" for bombing South Sudan. Sudan's response took no delay as it threw the blame at South Sudan saying the South was preventing a meeting to resolve administrative and security issues over the disputed border region of Abyei.

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