South Sudan sues Khartoum over oil

2012-01-22 15:26

Khartoum - South Sudan's information minister says his government is suing Sudan for "looting" its oil, marking the latest spat between the two governments over the coveted resource in the newly-independent southern nation.

The Sudanese daily Al-Shafa quoted Marial Benjamin in its Sunday edition as saying that the lawsuit has been filed in "specialized international tribunals." He did not elaborate on which tribunals.

South Sudan's oil minister on January 17 said the northern government in Khartoum was diverting about 120 000 barrels per day of oil pumped from the south, which sits atop the oil reserves shared by the two countries.

Sudan's government has said it is keeping the oil in lieu of pipeline transit fees it says are owed by the government in the south.