South Sudan accuses Sudan of blocking oil

2012-01-10 17:30

Juba - South Sudan says Sudan, its northern neighbour that controls the region's pipelines, has blocked the movement of 3.4 million barrels of oil belonging to the south since December.

South Sudan's Minister of Petroleum and Mining Stephen Dhieu Dau told a news conference on Tuesday that the north has prevented 3.4 million barrels from reaching the market. He says Sudan ordered 550 000 barrels belonging to the south to be delivered to one of Khartoum's buyers.

He said Sudan wants to "steal, to loot the resources of South Sudan".

After breaking away from Sudan in July to become the world's newest country, South Sudan gained control of nearly three quarters of the formerly unified country's oil fields, which produce around 500 000 barrels per day.