The government has announced that it will resume pumping oil through Sudan in three weeks time following an agreement reached yesterday morning on the matrix that guarantees implementation of the nine cooperation agreements signed last year.
This was announced in a news conference yesterday by South Sudanese negotiating team on arrival from Addis Ababa. South Sudanís chief negotiator, Pagan Amum said all the obstacles hindering the flow of oil have been removed and with the signed matrix there is guarantee that all the nine agreements will be implemented. He said the two countries have already agreed to instruct the oil companies to resume the oil production within two weeks time.
In the same conference, the minister for Petroleum Stephen Dhieu Dau explained that the oil resumption would start in three weeks maximum if the technical part of the oil production delay otherwise he said ten days are adequate to start pumping oil through Sudan. He also affirmed that the oil will reach Port Sudan on the way to international market in 28 days.
Moreover, the minister added that with this matrix signed it will become easier for the African Union to follow and oversee the implementation of the nine agreements. It will also set a way forward for some of the contentious issues like the four economic agreements of trade, external debts, oil and pensions.
Casting out the doubt people have on the agreement, the minister for Water Resources, Paul Mayom Akec, who is one of the negotiating team explained that the matter had provoked regional and international concern although they are not immediate signatories to some of the agreements they are also watching very seriously.
He also clarified that the matrix provides for the demilitarized zone of twenty kilometers where there shall be monitors from both Sudans, international communities besides the Ad hoc committee for the investigations of any violation.
"South Sudan is ready, prepared and mobilized to fully implement the agreement signed and it expects Khartoum to do the same hoping that this time round there will be no conditions provided by Khartoum in the implementation of this agreement," Mr Amum said.
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