Sudan has warned nascent South Sudan it would not allow what it described as widened aggression along the border. A state of emergency is already in effect after several weeks of clashes and fears are growing of an escalation into a full-blown war.
World powers are watching the warring sides closely. The United States drafted a UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution to make it legally binding that Sudan and South Sudan end hostilities and return to the negotiating table.
Meanwhile, China has urged for restraint on both sides, but together with Russia is seen as unlikely to support additional measures, such as economic sanctions, in any new UNSC resolution.
Since celebrating independence in July last year, South Sudan has been locked in a dispute with its counterpart in the North over the oil-rich border area dividing the two countries. The International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its report on April 12 that the turmoil in Sudan, and the resulting drop in output of its highly-prized light-sweet crude , was as a factor in triggering higher prices.
It estimated output from South Sudan would remain below 100,000 barrels per day (bpd) in the second half of this year, noting “downside risks”.Page 1 of 3 | Next Page