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Vol 54 No 13

Published 21st June 2013

South Sudan

Unhappy anniversary

This time Khartoum turns off Juba's oil taps in a move that will damage both countries' economies and escalate tensions across the border

The meeting between Khartoum's hawkish Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Kurti and China's Africa envoy Zhong Jianhua on 16 June over Sudan's plans to cut South Sudan's export pipeline shows both the seriousness of the latest crisis and the battle for propaganda advantage. The 8 June declaration by President Omer Hassan Ahmed el Beshir that Sudan would block South Sudan's oil exports threatens both countries' economies.

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