A fair and transparent arrangement for sharing and monitoring the revenues from Sudan's oil fields should be a top priority for negotiators from north and south Sudan who begin talks today on what will happen if the south votes for independence in January's referendum. The January vote could see the birth of a new country: if so, it will be impoverished and heavily dependent on oil revenues, yet also dependent on former foes in north in order to export its oil. Transparency over oil revenues will be critical to preventing a return to war - this briefing paper outlines 5 principles that will be crucial in reaching such an agreement.
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Briefing Document / July 5, 2010