South Sudan ready to resume oil production: President Kiir

Posted: April 4, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël in Junub Sudan

South Sudan ready to resume oil production: President
Kampala (Platts)–4 April 2012 / 504 am EDT/904 GMT
The President of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit has said that his government is ready to resume oil production and exportation via Sudan if Sudan’s President Omar al Bashir agrees not to take unilateral decisions on taking South Sudan’s oil.President Mayardit said that he was still expecting President El Bashir to visit, in spite of the fact that Bashir announced publicly that he would not go to Juba, adding that if President Bashir proposed any other place for the summit he was ready to go there.

“South Sudan is for peace and is not ready to go back to war. The people of South Sudan have suffered much and this is time for them to enjoy the fruits of peace with the resources they have,” he was quoted in the statement as telling US President Barrack Obama.

Mayardit also said that Sudan’s army were invading oil fields so that Khartoum could export South Sudan’s oil by force. He added that South Sudan’s army, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, had pulled out from Hijlij and they were now 10 km away.The leaders of the two nations were scheduled to meet on March 3 before Sudan canceled the meeting citing security concerns.

The two countries’ armies have clashed in the past few days in a bid to control the 1,800 km (1,200-mile) border, much of it oil fields.

The conflict began in January when South Sudan shut its entire 350,000 b/d oil production accusing Sudan of stealing crude oil worth $815 million from the north’s oil pipelines that lead to Port Sudan.

The three rounds of talks mediated by the African Union have failed to resolve the conflict as Sudan wants South Sudan to pay $36 transit fees for every barrel of oil exported via the northern pipeline, while South Sudan has insisted on paying $1.

The two nations are currently involved in peace talks in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa aimed at resolving the crisis.

–Mercy Matsiko,

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