South Sudan and Sudan agreed to order companies to resume southern oil shipments through a Red Sea export terminal within two weeks, more than a year after they were halted over a dispute about transportation fees.
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir rejected allegations by President Umar al-Bashir that South Sudan is backing rebels opposed to the Khartoum government and accused Sudan of plotting to invade his country.
Southern Sudanese President Salva Kiir said international forces should be sent to the disputed region of Abyei and pledged to work for a peaceful resolution of the crisis sparked by the deployment of northern troops in the area.
Sudanese President Umar al-Bashir and South Sudan’s Salva Kiir agreed to set up a demilitarized zone along their border “without further delay” as the African states seek to resume oil flows vital to their economies.
The Republic of South Sudan was declared an independent nation today in the capital, Juba, as tens of thousands of people celebrated their freedom after almost 50 years of rebellion against the Muslim north.
Steamrollers began flattening asphalt yesterday on Southern Sudan ’s first highway, a stretch of road leading to neighboring Uganda that the region’s president, Salva Kiir , called a “lifeline of the people.”