Sudan says to release ships seized from South Sudan

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Posted: Jan 28, 2012 5:38 AM
Sudan says to release ships seized from South Sudan

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Sudan will free ships carrying cargos of crude it seized from South Sudan to ease tensions between the two countries, Sayed El-Khatib, deputy head of negotiating team said on Saturday.

"President Bashir is ready to make this gesture. Sudan is going to release the vessels detained in Port Sudan," he told a media conference in the Ethiopian capital.

South Sudan said on Monday it started shutting down oil production and accused Sudan of seizing $815 million worth of crude, escalating an increasingly bitter row over oil revenues between the former civil war foes.

(Reporting by Aaron Maasho; Writing by James Macharia; Editing by Toby Chopra)