WASHINGTON — The ongoing tit-for-tat battles between Sudan and the newly-formed country of South Sudan continues. Now, Sudan has officially notified South Sudan that it will stop oil exports coming in from South Sudan in addition to freezing their oil and economic agreements.
The condition to reverse this decision? South Sudan’s government, based in Juba, has to stop its support of rebels that are causing trouble in Sudan, according to Reuters.
Sudan has caught Islamist rebels along their border, which some allege were fleeing Islamist militants from the Malian civil war. Sudan adamantly said these rebels were from South Sudan and not Mali, a charge South Sudan denies.
There is ongoing tribal violence within South Sudan, and the current U.N. peacekeeping mission is unable to keep the peace, protect civilians and protect themselves as well. In April, U.N. peacekeepers from India were ambushed by militants and at least five of them were killed in addition to seven civilians.
South Sudan denies any involvement in the rebels’ activities. In a statement by their oil minister Stephen Dhieu Dau, Sudan’s decision is “political” and “not based on the technical and economic reasons related to the oil agreement.”
The decision affects foreign oil companies, such as China’s CNPC, India’s ONCG Videsh and Malaysia’s Petronas, who operate the oilfields in both Sudanese countries.
The U.S. asked the Sudanese government to reconsider its decision.