Khartoum blocks South Sudan oil shipment

AFP, Friday 5 Aug 2011

Sudan has blocked a shipment of southern oil after Juba refused to pay Khartoum's transit fees, the foreign ministry said on Friday, escalating a row between the north and the newly independent south.

Sudan has blocked a shipment of southern oil after Juba refused to pay Khartoum's transit fees, the foreign ministry said on Friday, escalating a row between the north and the newly independent south.

"Sudan has blocked the ship in Port Sudan, because the government of South Sudan didn't accept the fees for using the pipeline, the refinery and the port," foreign ministry spokesman Al-Obeid Meruh told AFP.

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