South Sudan's Vice President Riek Machar - halting oil production seriously compromises development (photo:dpa)

Sudan peace talks cancelled after border clashes increase

South Sudan, Africa’s newest country, has halted oil production – its main source of revenue - as border clashes with Sudan increase. It is claimed that the Sudanese Air Force has attacked oil wells in the disputed border area as the two sides disagree on how much should be paid for transporting the oil from the south to the markets. But neither side can afford another war.

AIR strikes, military conflict and escalating violence could lead to humanitarian disaster and economic collapse on a large scale in Sudan and South Sudan.

Peace talks between the two countries, scheduled for April 2012, were cancelled as the south accused the north of bombing its...

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 Teresa Nogueira Pinto
South Sudan`s oil production - representing 98 per cent of the country`s revenue – has been shut since January 2012 and could take up to six months before production is resumed
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