South Sudan government spokesman Barnaba Marial Benjamin said Sudan is bombarding disputed areas in South Sudan despite a Feb. 10 nonaggression and cooperation pact signed by both countries in African Union-led negotiations in Ethiopia.
"As we speak today they are continuing bombing villages," Benjamin
said the despite the bombings South Sudan still would welcome al-Bashir to meet with Kiir.
Benjamin, who is also South Sudan's minister for information and broadcasting, linked the bombings in the Upper Nile, Unity and Western Bahr Al Ghazal states to South Sudan's shutting down of its oil sector earlier this year.
Landlocked South Sudan shut down oil production in January, saying that its northern neighbor had stolen oil which was meant to be exported through Sudan.
said since South Sudan
stopped production, Sudan increased aerial bombardment of the disputed areas and organized ground attacks in late March which were repulsed by the South Sudanese troops.
accused Sudan of trying to scare away investors, including American and Chinese companies, in the oil-rich regions where there are plans to build oil refineries which he
said will be operational in six to seven months.
The oil refineries will help South Sudan
process some oil to help meet local demand, he
Echoing the words of South Sudan's president, Benjamin said South Sudan remains committed to peace and would fight back only to defend its territorial integrity.
"We will not be dragged into a senseless war," he
also complained that the African Union
is not doing a satisfactory job mediating talks with Sudan.
is disappointed by an AU report to the U.N. Security Council
said portrayed his
country as the aggressor in hostilities between the two countries.
suggested that a regional bloc known as IGAD take over.
The seven-nation IGAD - the Inter Governmental Authority for Development - negotiated the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended a decades-long civil war between Sudan and South Sudan
That deal led to South Sudan's
secession from Sudan last year.
Among the unresolved issues from the split is the demarcation of the border and an agreement to share oil revenue.
said South Sudan shutdown its oil production because Sudan had stolen millions of barrels of oil and increased oil transit fee through its pipeline to $36 a barrel.
said it was better that South Sudan's
oil stay in the ground.
said that South Sudan
will construct two pipelines - one to Kenya and one across Ethiopia into Djibouti.
said the South Sudan
is also seeking international loans in order to fill in the budget deficit caused by the shutdown in oil production.