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South Sudan offers concessions

July 23, 2012 at 12:19 PM

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, July 23 (UPI) -- South Sudan has included billions of dollars in financial concessions in a proposal to advance peace talks with Sudan, officials said.

South Sudan said it would pay more than previously offered to use Sudan's oil pipelines. The pipelines are needed to export oil from the south. South Sudan also offered greater debt forgiveness and a cash transfer of more than $3 billion, the Voice of America reported.

Sudan and South Sudan almost went to war in April after failing to resolve issues on borders, oil and citizenship brought on the South's declaration of independence last year, the report said.

VOA reported South Sudanese negotiators said they presented their offer to Sudan and African Union mediators late Sunday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

There was no immediate response from Sudan, the report said..

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