Sudanese president: We are close to war with South Sudan

By JPOST.COM STAFF
February 4, 2012 07:23

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir warned Friday that his country is close to going to war against South Sudan, according to an AFP report.

"The climate now is closer to a climate of war than one of peace," said Bashir on national television.

Tension has been rising between the two countries since Sudan seized a shipment of 1.7 million barrels of South Sudanese oil.. In response to the move, South Sudan halted oil exports, which usually pass through Sudan, earning that country a substantial amount of money in taxes.

The countries are also locked in a border dispute over the oil-rich Abyei region, which both claim as their own sovereign territory.


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