March 12, 2013
Sudan, South Sudan Agree to Restart Oil Exports
Sudan and South Sudan have agreed to restart oil exports, setting a two-week deadline for resuming the process of sending oil from South Sudan through pipelines in Sudan.
The countries have been hurt by a lack of oil revenue after disputes led oil-rich South Sudan to shut down production more than a year ago.
Negotiators from the two sides signed the fresh agreement mediated by former South African president Thabo Mbeki. Several previous deals, including one in January, failed to take hold and get the oil flowing again.
The new agreement comes amid other moves by Sudan and South Sudan to resolve issues remaining from South Sudan's 2011 independence.
They have pledged to pull their troops back from the shared border in an effort to create a demilitarized zone, with South Sudan saying Monday it has ordered its forces to withdraw from the area.