South Sudan is considering measures to offset the impact on its economy of a halt to oil production the country is carrying out in retaliation for what it says is the theft of its crude by neighboring Sudan.
South Sudan’s cease-fire is largely holding while there have been clashes between government and rebel forces since the accord was signed a week ago, said the chief East African mediator, Seyoum Mesfin.
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir rejected a call by mediators to free 11 politicians arrested when a conflict erupted three weeks ago, as Sudan ruled out a joint force to secure the neighboring state’s oil fields.
South Sudan’s government said it won’t bow to international pressure and immediately release politicians detained after an alleged attempted coup last month as more of its soldiers defected to rebels forces.
South Sudan’s government and rebel forces accused each other of violating a cease-fire that was supposed to suspend a five-week conflict that has killed thousands of people and driven half a million from their homes.