Sudan: South Sudan to blame for delays in restarting vital shared oil industry

Sudan is charging that South Sudan is responsible for the delay in implementing a deal to restart oil production because it is refusing to disarm rebels in Sudanese territory.

South Sudan became independent last year, but bitter disputes remain over borders and the shared oil industry. Most of the oil is in the landlocked south, but pipelines to markets go through Sudan. Both depend on income from oil sales.

The deputy speaker of the Sudanese parliament said Tuesday that Sudan will not allow southern oil to flow through its territory until South Sudan "disengages" from rebels near the border. Sudan has repeatedly accused South Sudan of backing rebels in its territory.

On Monday, South Sudan's president charged that Sudan is making new demands before carrying out the deal.