Previous Page - You're reading an Article:
215 words - June 12, 2013 | © DiploNews, all rights reserved.
Tension is rising anew between the two Sudans. Several weeks after the latest round of Ethiopia-backed negotiations between Sudan and the Sudan People Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) failed, because of "external influences" according to Khartoum, the standstill in the two Sudans' process of building bilateral relations reached a deadlock.
On June 10, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir announced the shutting down of the oil pipeline - the only way for South Sudan to take its oil to the markets - in response to what he described as "South Sudan's lack of commitment to the matrix agreements and its continued support for rebel movements."
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir termed Bashir's decision a "casus belli" and affirmed that it was the Sudanese army which had moved into the South's territories. "The troops (of Sudan) moved about 10 km into Upper Nile state," said South Sudanese Information Minister Barnaba Benjamin.
Despite growing concerns within diplomatic circles, DiploNews thinks that Presidents Bashir and Kiir will have to settle the issue given that a long-lasting oil shutdown would very likely put the two States' viability at risk. The last significant episode of this "pipeline diplomacy", chiefly at the initiative of the North, occurred in March.
Parts of or the whole information published on this page is likely to originate from Official Institutions like Governments, Ministries, Embassies and States. Its reproduction on this page does not constitute any endorsement from DiploNews and any of its affiliates and/or partners. If titles are sometimes modified for better understanding, the contents are reproduced exactly as delivered by the institution that first published it. To know the exact origin, click on 'view original source' at the end of the page. All information that originates from DiploNews is copyrighted and cannot be reproduced without written express authorization from DiploNews.