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UN chief welcomes oil deal between Sudan and South Sudan


09:57, August 07, 2012

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon Monday welcomed the deal reached by the governments of Sudan and South Sudan on oil and financial arrangements.

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Ban called the deal "an important milestone for building good neighborly relations between the two states."

According to the agreement signed by the two Sudans at the final phase of negotiations, they agreed to an financial arrangement that relates to the export of oil from South Sudan through Sudan to Port Sudan.

The secretary-general is encouraged that the two governments have significantly narrowed their positions on the contentious issue, said the statement. He also urged the Sudanese and South Sudanese leaders to muster the necessary political will to resolve all outstanding issues.

Ban commended the government of Sudan and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North for signing separately Tripartite Memoranda of Understanding with the African Union, League of Arab States and the United Nations on humanitarian assistance to war- affected civilians in South Kordofan and Blue Nile States.
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