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Vol 53 No 18

Published 7th September 2012


Politics over oil

Another round of talks may stave off hostilities but is unlikely to yield a credible border security agreement by the 22 September deadline

Much hard negotiating lies ahead between Juba and Khartoum after talks restarted on 4 September, following a month’s delay for the funeral of Ethiopian Premier Meles Zenawi and the end of Ramadan. Foreign observers greeted the 4 August oil agreement as a ‘breakthrough’ and ‘milestone’ but in any event it could be months before the South resumes oil exports through the pipeline to Port Sudan. Both Juba and Khartoum insist that signing the oil deal is contingent on settling other key issues: border security, support for each other’s dissidents and the status of Abyei.

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