US envoy: Sudan demands block S. Sudan peace deal

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Associated Press

Posted on December 14, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 14 at 3:03 PM

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The U.S. special envoy to the Sudan region says new security demands raised by Sudan are blocking the implementation of a peace and security deal with South Sudan.

Princeton Lyman's comments Friday come three days before the stalled negotiations over security along the two countries' border restart at the African Union in Ethiopia.

Demilitarization of the border was a key component of a Sept. 27 deal reached following nearly eight months of conflict and tension surrounding the countries' shared oil industries. In January, South Sudan accused Khartoum of stealing its oil and stopped pumping it through Sudanese pipelines. In April, the two countries openly clashed over a disputed border oil region.

Lyman, who has served as envoy to the Sudan region for two years, steps down in January.

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