Oil pipeline threats between Sudan and South Sudan

Sudan has threatened to block off oil supplies from South Sudan, it was reported this week. The two African nations formed when Sudan split in 2011 following years of civil […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Sudan has threatened to block off oil supplies from South Sudan, it was reported this week. The two African nations formed when Sudan split in 2011 following years of civil war and the division left the southern country with much of Sudan’s oil reserves.

Now the leader of Sudan President Omar al-Bashir says it could cut off oil flow “forever” if its land-locked neighbour South Sudan – which heavily relies on revenue from its oil assets – supports rebel groups operating across the border.

President Bashir said on state television: “I now give our brothers in South Sudan a last, last warning that we will shut down the oil pipeline forever if they give any support to the traitors in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile,” reported the BBC.