Presidents agree on oil but not on borders
The Presidents of Sudan and South Sudan have signed trade deals which will end a long standing dispute over the trading of oil and transhipment of that oil from South Sudan to exportation points in Sudan.
The deal signed between Sudan President Omar Hassan al-Bashir and South Sudan President Salva Kiir called the Comprehensive Cooperation Agreement will allow South Sudan to resume oil exports which had stopped in January because of a dispute over the price of transit fees. South Sudan exports around 350,000 barrels of oil a day when production is up and running.
The two presidents also agreed to set up a demilitarised zone between the two countries, the deal for which was signed by the two defence ministers. However, the two countries were not able to agree over five disputed oil producing regions including Abeyei which run along the border between the two countries.
For a critical and significant analysis of the deal from the South Sudanese side see the editorial of the South Sudan Nation here.