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Sudan orders stoppage of S.Sudan oil

President Omar Hassan al-Bashir has ordered the stoppage of cross-border oil flows from South Sudan.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir smiles as he attends the 12th summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Cairo. Picture: AFP

KHARTOUM - Sudan's president has ordered the stoppage of cross-border oil flows from South Sudan from Sunday, state radio said, just months after the long-time foes settled bitter disputes and agreed to restart the vital crude exports.

The Sudanese station gave no more details on Saturday. The government later said it would issue a statement on Sunday relating to its long-standing accusations that South Sudan supports rebels.

A confirmed stoppage would dash hopes of an economic lifeline to both underdeveloped African countries, which in the past relied on oil exports and associated fees for a large part of their state incomes.

Sudan and South Sudan, which separated into two countries in 2011 after decades of war, agreed in March to resume crude exports from the landlocked south through Sudan to the Red Sea after resolving an argument over transit fees.

"(President Omar Hassan al-) Bashir orders the oil minister to stop oil flows from the south through Sudanese territory from tomorrow," state radio said in a text message sent to mobile phone users.

Sudanese state news agency Suna said Information Minister Ahmed Belal Osman would hold a news conference on Sunday "regarding the cooperation deal with South Sudan in the face of the government's accusations against Juba for supporting the terrorism of the so-called Sudanese Revolutionary Front".

South Sudan denies accusations it backs rebels in Sudanese territory who have sought to topple Bashir.

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