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Sudan to allow South Sudan's oil export until agreement reached

(Xinhua)

19:13, November 30, 2011

KHARTOUM, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- The Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Wednesday that Sudan would continue to allow South Sudan's oil export through its territories until Khartoum and Juba reach an agreement on the issue of fees.

"We have a declared stance through the official negotiating forum in Addis Ababa that we will not stop exportation of South Sudan's oil," Al-Obaid Ahmed Mirawih, spokesman of the Sudanese foreign ministry, told Xinhua.

"We are looking for a solution whether through the suggestions presented by the African mediator Thabo Mbeki or through direct negotiations between Khartoum and Juba according to standards of supply and demand and foreign trade standards," he added.

He went on saying that if the two sides failed to reach an agreement through either of the two ways, Sudan will not halt exportation of South Sudan's oil, "but Sudan can deduct a portion from South Sudan's oil until the difference is settled."

Sudan has been exporting South Sudan's oil since its separation last July without receiving any fees, the spokesman said, adding that they have notified the African mediator that Khartoum could not wait infinitely.

The Sudanese Ministry of Petroleum on Monday said that Sudan had decided to halt exportation of South Sudan's oil through its territories until South Sudan pays four months' arrears amounting to 727 million U.S. dollars.

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