South Sudan says that Sudan is blocking its oil exports

January 11, 2012 19:37

JUBA - South Sudan has accused the Sudanese government of blocking 3.4 million barrels of its crude oil exports, diverting over half a million barrels to its refineries and building a pipeline to keep diverting its oil.

Six months after landlocked South Sudan seceded from Sudan, the two countries have failed to agree on how much Juba should pay Khartoum in fees to transport its production of 350,000 barrels per day to port.

South Sudan's minister of petroleum and mining, Stephen Dhieu Dau, said Sudan was re-routing all of the new nation's Nile Blend crude oil entitlements for December to refineries in El Obeid and Khartoum.

"Any diversion of (South Sudan's) oil without its consent is nothing less than theft, and preventing crude oil from leaving port is unlawful and a violation of international laws and norms," Dhieu Dau said in a statement obtained by Reuters on Wednesday.

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