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U.N. urges Sudan to suspend any actions to halt oil

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The U.N. Security Council is urging Sudan to suspend any actions to halt the transportation of oil from South Sudan.

The council urged both countries in a press statement Friday “to maintain dialogue to ensure continued transportation of oil from South Sudan.”

Sudan notified South Sudan in June of its intention to stop receiving, processing and transporting South Sudan’s crude - the country’s only real industry - within two months, but has delayed the halt until September 6.

Khartoum has said it will only allow Juba to transport its crude through Sudanese territory if South Sudan stops supporting rebels fighting to topple the government in Khartoum. South Sudan has repeatedly denied supporting SPLM-North rebels and in turn accuses Khartoum of supporting rebels in South Sudan led by David Yau Yau.