Chink of hope for reversal of Sudan’s oil pipeline shutdown


Issue 260 - 09 Aug 2013
On 27 July, Sudan’s oil ministry informed oil companies that it had put back the scheduled date for shutting down the oil export pipelines from 7 August to 22 August. The decision followed a request from African Union (AU) mediator Thabo Mbeki and the Chinese government to allow more time for negotiations between Juba and Khartoum. South Sudan only resumed oil production in April after a 15-month closure of the pipeline network, and the extension is the latest in a series of twists and turns that have made the outcome of negotiations difficult to read.

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