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Khartoum - 4 Mar 2012

Oil talks to resume between Sudan and South Sudan in Addis Ababa

A new round of negotiations are to begin between Sudan and South Sudans' governments in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa on Tuesday.

Talks ended without an agreement last month, as Juba accused Khartoum of confiscating its oil tankers at Port Sudan, and Khartoum accused Juba of not paying oil transit fees.

Khartoum’s negotiating team will be led by minister of state Idris Muhammed Abdul Gadir, and will last for a proposed ten days.

 The Sudanese foreign ministry spokesman El Obeid Ahmed Marawih said the talks will focus on both the proposed transition and path of trade of oil, acknowledging that there are still large differences in opinion between the two sides.