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January 27, 2012 (ADDIS ABABA) – The presidents of Sudan Omer Hassan al-Bashir and South Sudan Salva Kiir failed to reach an agreement on the terms by which Juba can export its oil through the north’s pipelines despite pressure mounted by African leaders present at the summit in Addis Ababa.

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Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir (L) & South Sudan president Salva Kiir (R) attend talks in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa January 27, 2012 (AFP)

The Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi who is the current chair of the African Union (AU) spent several hours of the day in Sheraton hotel desperately trying to convince Bashir and Kiir to reach common grounds on the issue of oil.

The landlocked South Sudan became independent last July under a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of civil war with Khartoum. It took with it about 75 percent of roughly 500,000 barrels per day of oil production.

Both countries depend heavily on oil and have put forward widely differing figures for a possible transit fee. Sudan has publicly proposed $36 per barrel, while South Sudan has listed figures under $1 per barrel.

As talks on the fees dragged on the Sudanese government said it ran out of patience and can no longer tolerate South Sudan exporting its oil for free. As such it started taking part of the oil pumped by South Sudan to make up for what it called unpaid fees.

In response, South Sudan said last week it was shutting down its output.

Zenawi along with Kenyan president Mwai Kibaki and chairman of the AU High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) Thabo Mbeki listened to the respective positions of Bashir and Kiir on the oil dispute after which it was realized that the gap between the two sides is very wide.

But the Ethiopian premier told the two leaders that while he respects their views but that they have no options left but to sign off on the AUHIP proposal and suggested that the mediation team ran out of ideas.

The latest proposal submitted by Mbeki’s team states that South Sudan would pay its northern neighbor $4 billion over the next five years, send 35,000 barrels per day to Khartoum’s refineries and in return the Sudanese government would release the oil tankers in Port Sudan carrying crude to their buyers.

The south countered the initiative saying it is prepared to pay only $2.6 billion over the next five years including $1 billion starting this year.

Some sources told Sudan Tribune that the AUHIP proposal was watered down in Addis Ababa today to where it allows Juba to export its oil without Khartoum seizing part of it. South Sudan would then provide Sudan with the 35,000 bpd.

The two sides would then work on the transit fee portion of the dispute and seek an agreement within three months timeframe.

After several hours of frantic deliberations Bashir and Kiir agreed to sign an accord on spot after consulting with their delegations prompting Zenawi to break the news to his African peers.

But Kiir reportedly came back and said he can’t approve of this arrangement in its present form.

The head of South Sudan negotiating team Pagan Amum vehemently denied that Kiir gave Zenawi his blessings saying that this a “lie”. He stressed that his boss never agreed and came to the summit to inform the leaders about his position and that for a starter Khartoum must return the oil it seized.

Sudan’s foreign minister Ali Karti said that Kiir’s stance generated harsh criticism from African leaders.

Zenawi said the two sides hadn’t agreed on a deal yet, but oil would stay on the agenda in Addis Ababa, where the leaders of Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia also met.

"It was agreed that the two parties will continue their negotiations during the summit. We have not come to conclusion as yet," he told reporters.

Zenawi said an African Union mediating panel had proposed a "reversal of unilateral measures" taken by both sides, but did not spell out what that meant. "Many of those issues are agreed, but there are some sticking points," he said.

In a related issue the London-based al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper reported that Bashir refused the presence of Ugandan president Yoweri Musevini in the oil talks.

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  • 28 January 2012 09:06, by NUER ONE

    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO ON.That is our oil.

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    • 28 January 2012 09:10, by NUER ONE

      Don’t cry,that is our oil.Look at his photo.

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      • 28 January 2012 10:39, by Aarai Baka

        That former South Africa president, his brother Nsambawa have a big business with Khartoum for so lang time worth hundred of millions of dollars, business including the wire taping of South officials. more need to be investigated about his favoring the nif all the time, or we will not take his talk anymore.

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        • 28 January 2012 12:15, by Force 1

          You see, they’re trying to push President Mayardit to sign some lousy agreement on the spot? Why is an agreement needed to be sign right away? That sounds fishy!

          Well done Mr. President, that’s how people get trick easily and you have done a good job by standing tall and say no.

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          • 28 January 2012 19:18, by Jugo Bell

            Force 1
            You are right brother or sister. One can’t differentiate if your name Force 1 belongs to a male or a female. But don’t mind. Back to the topic, our gvt shouldn’t be force to sign something that‘ll cause us ending supply these fake Arabs with our oil. What I would suggest is that better our gvt focus on the new pipeline instead of following “AUHIP proposal”. Our gvt need to be serious th

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          • 28 January 2012 19:19, by Jugo Bell

            Force 1
            serious this time, let them not ignored the new pipeline. Though it takes 10 months to build it, your own is better than anything. Other parts of SS has oil but is not yet been discovered especially in the greater Equatoria as a whole which have huge oil there.

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        • 28 January 2012 14:18, by Ghai 104

          NO this guy is just barking we don’t want anymore intimidation by the north Sudan and its allies, thabo mbeki should withdraw his hands from Sudanese issues

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      • 28 January 2012 10:45, by SeekingTruth

        HAHAH, BASHIR IS STRESSED OUT ! CRY US A RIVER NILE MR. JALABA !!

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      • 28 January 2012 13:51, by Lang

        Even if GoSS signs this new proposal how do we know the north will not continue to ask for $36 fee during the 3 month period and lead us back into a situation like this..

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      • 28 January 2012 18:37, by Equatoria dominated SPLM

        fuck! fuck! fuck! fuck!him son of bitch will not get that oil even if he cry and cry he will not get it. you Kiir why notleaving him there that mother fucker Bashir of Sudan? and come back to your richest country South Sudan.

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  • 28 January 2012 09:08, by MoMur

    Al-Bashir
    We South Sudanese have no more business with you .what you have stolen is enough. forget about what you miss.
    bye.

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  • 28 January 2012 09:19, by Lang

    "Sudan’s foreign minister Ali Karti said that Kiir’s stance generated harsh criticism from African leaders."
    Of course they openly show harsh criticism for Kiir and how many proposals has Sudan turned down which have received the same harsh critism? Forget the useless AU.
    It is our right to shut down our oil, they should have no say over it. We are a sovereign nation to make decisions for our se

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  • 28 January 2012 09:21, by Gabriel KK

    Bravo H.E Kiir, there is no more discussion on oil.

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  • 28 January 2012 09:22, by kolongnyantuet

    Bravo Kiir. we expect nothing to come out from Adisababa talk. Do not listen to MbekI’S proposals anymore since he is proposing an ineffetive proposals. I think alternative pipeline is the solution to this problem. Keep SPLA alert this wounded lion is frustrated.

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  • 28 January 2012 09:25, by Lang

    The African Dictator Infested Union cannot dictate or try to control what South Sudan does with its resources.

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  • 28 January 2012 09:33, by Legacy Elites

    Terrorists like Omar Beshir should be confronted with gunfire. To negotiate with terrorists and thieves is a serious prove of cowardice and folly

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    • 28 January 2012 09:59, by Land-of-Cush

      No any single south Sudanese will disagree with Kiir’s decision.

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  • 28 January 2012 10:09, by Tambura

    AU have nothing 2 do with our oil,we are free country and big enough 2 decide for ourself.So we shut down our oil which have been stolen from the day we signed CPA,we should get 50% during the priode of five years but what we were getting was 25%.S Sudan ll not pay1dolar 2 north to help their economic. We don t have clean water power roads schools hospitals we should have those things on place-

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    • 28 January 2012 10:23, by Tambura

      Before we can try to help somebody else economics. People leading us now they have nothing in their head than looting stealing they are angry because they just discover that somebody else was stealing more than them. they should build refinery for local use from day one instead of depending on north. As we all know their agenda, S Sudan people took SPLA/M by surprised to vote for independent.

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  • 28 January 2012 10:29, by Lokeji

    Thumb-up our president kiir, don’t allow this toothless union to make u a prey to a jalaba idiot call bashir, a terrorist president.please go ahead with the construction of the new pipeline and close this chapter with this terrorist government of bashir.

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  • 28 January 2012 10:31, by Daniel Buolmawei

    "After several hours of frantic deliberations Bashir and Kiir agreed to sign an accord on spot after consulting with their delegations prompting Zenawi to break the news to his African peers. But Kiir reportedly came back and said he can’t approve of this arrangement in its present form."

    Didn’t I tell you? Kiir was tricked and when he came back to his delegation, he discovered the trick.

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    • 28 January 2012 11:08, by Lang

      it’s good if he went back to the delegation. kiir is a fighter never got education like john garang, he should always have the delegation with him instead of going behind closed doors to be tricked.

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    • 28 January 2012 11:29, by Tambura

      Why he have to sit with smart well educated people in tricks? What kind of embarrassment is this? You know yourself you can not deal with that kind of situation leave it to people in their stander to deal with them, you can not paint your name in agreement two minute later you have change soundly.That is what I call it lack of leadership you should go home and take care of your cows. God bless SS

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      • 28 January 2012 11:44, by Lang

        they knew he wasn’t capable of dealing with them that is why they chose to have kiir meet to try and trick him to sign, thank god he made a good choice if he changed his mind and listen to the delegation.

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  • 28 January 2012 12:08, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    Salva Kiir,
    If I were you,I could leave Omar Bashir alone. Since 1976 when Oil was discovered in Ruweng territory of Biemnom County in Unity State,the Khartoum government was in control of that oil.SPLM/SPLA knew nothing about it.Today as South Sudan had separated from Khartoum, we have right to control our own oil.But Mr Salva Kiir, you are the problem and you are the one supporting Omar Bashir.

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  • 28 January 2012 12:21, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    Part two article:
    Mr Salva Kiir Miyardit you are not very keen enough to distort Omar Bashir regime due to your low speech and remiss in which you don’t take initiative very postively.Your enemy is your enemy,but you needs to do something,that can cause worry to your enemy.Everytime when you have an issue with Omar Bashir,you are the one who have worry and not Omar Bashir.Leave Omar Bashir alone.

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  • 28 January 2012 12:33, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    Part three article:
    If you allowed Omar Bashir last time to be jailed by ICC instead of warning ICC of the warrant arrest of Omar Bashir,then you should not have a problem right now with Omar Bashir to discuss. Mr Salva Kiir Miyardit I begged you in order to leave that oil to Omar Bashir. Let Omar Bashir do whatever he wanted to do with that oil. What are you claiming about?

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  • 28 January 2012 12:43, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    Part four article:

    I am the first person who don’t like Arabs myself, but if we always failed to address our right and we tried to mumble on a worthless thing, then it is better to yield our right to our enemy so that our enemy should enjoy it. Mr Salva Kiir Miyardit, Southern Sudanese people have right,but you turned their right down by giving more power to Omar Bashir instead to yourself.

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    • 28 January 2012 12:58, by mohammed ali

      Deng, ((I am the first person who don’t like Arabs myself)) Is that all your credentials?! Then enjoy it!! Hatred will never make you reach anywhere,it will burn you just like it is burning SS now!If Sudan could tolerate 7 months without oil, it will remain for us to see how SS, with 50% of the population starving,will do!For you guys away from home the monthly hand-out may be enough for some time

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      • 28 January 2012 13:24, by Daniel Buolmawei

        General Mohammed, are you alive? Well, you are not Arab unless the fact you are a Muslim. Is that why you counted yourself an Arab? Put that in your mind that we don’t hate all Arabs, we hate only thieves who pretented to be Mullahs, shykhs, and other holy leaders.

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        • 28 January 2012 14:52, by mohammed ali

          Daniel,I am Arab,Muslim,Jalabi,Mandoukorrow,Sudanese and I am very much proud of what I am.But what are you? An international begger,asylum seeker fed on hatred in respect to the monthly hand out;who calls for wiping out of a whole African ethenic group;living on transfered,stolen & looted money of the poor,starving,marginalized southerners.You are no longer SS & will never come to Sudan.

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          • 28 January 2012 16:43, by Force 1

            Ali, two things you mention here don’t go together and doesn’t make any sense, “International beggar and living with transferred stolen looted money?”.

            Look, have a dose of common sense here, Southerners did not go to Kenya or Ethiopia to steal and looted any of their money. It’s their money from their soil that they fought for! All that you’ve said applied to you northerners!

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            • 28 January 2012 17:19, by mohammed ali

              Force, beggers before oil. Yes some northerners do, northerners are not saints. Good and bad exist everywhere.Collective judgment is racial.

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          • 28 January 2012 16:58, by eye-of-an-eye

            Mohamed Ali

            I I know u very well and ur location

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            • 28 January 2012 17:09, by mohammed ali

              Eye, so, what?! I am scared! Are you planing to kill me? Well this the thing you are used to solve difference, but it will serve non!

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      • 28 January 2012 13:45, by AUGUSTINO DENG

        Dear Mr Mohammed Ali,
        Put it in your mind that, what you likes is not what I likes.For sure and I can reiterate one more time that "I don’t like Arabs"as I previously mentioned in my article. If I was a president of South Sudan like Mr.Salva Kiir Miyardit,I could do something to Omar Bashir. If I don’t likes Arabs, where do you think I will be taken?

        By Augustino Deng. Jech la mer from Tharpam

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        • 28 January 2012 15:02, by mohammed ali

          Deng,((If I don’t likes Arabs, where do you think I will be taken?))You are right to like what you like, but your hatered doesn’t make your judgement right!Hatred can never be a base for any RIGHT.Decisions based on hatred are always wrong.Stopping oil will hurt us temporary, but it will defently kill the poor, starving, vulnerable and marginalized southerners en mass!You shouldn’t be taken..con

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          • 28 January 2012 15:12, by mohammed ali

            ..by anyone or allow anybody to take you, as there is nobody who is superior to you! You should "take" yourself and be proud of what you are and not waiting for somebody " to take" you for serving him by hating another one! Hate is never a credential,it is a disgrace!SS will suffer tremendously in their crussade to hurt Sudan by stopping oil, because it is a hate decision!

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            • 28 January 2012 20:27, by Logic

              Forever the hypocrite! lol.lol.lol

              Racist northern bigot who pretends to be compassionate and an Arab.

              lol, joke of the day.

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              • 28 January 2012 20:52, by mohammed ali

                Logic, young boy, I thought you promised to behave!Or is it spoiled boys of your type donnot know what is the meaning of promise!

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  • 28 January 2012 13:00, by your Dad

    Keep it up mr. Kiir. We have everything eatable in south sudan apart from oil money. no more negotiations for the decision has already been taken toi shut down pipelines. Let al Bashir dig his own grave.

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  • 28 January 2012 13:18, by Albino Kuel

    president Bashier shall act this time as the president of the Country and he should put the implementation this time.

    Laying is ended! Laying is ended!
    Albino

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    • 28 January 2012 15:02, by Koang

      36% per barrel before transportation fee is added. What a greed people in the north Sudan!DESPITE north got develop before South.
      Shame on you! We would rather keep the oil and go poor, then to make you rich and behave unfriendly to us,and remeber, Sudan shall and will never be happy place, untill its people are fair and just.

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  • 28 January 2012 16:49, by James Maker Akok

    Thank you president Kiir for not agree on Oil favor to North Sudan. Good job President Kiir, we are supporting you.South Sudan Oil pipeline has to build to Kenya.

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  • 28 January 2012 19:39, by Anynya One

    To JaLaby,
    My easy plan: Khartum people need notice signals & dangers ahead. Eat dust my friend, check this out e.g. Water & Minerals feeds a tree through its roots isn’t it? Ok.. now imagine this easy. Cut any kind of business whether being oil, Water etc. & build Dams all over suiting locations in the South Sudan. Supply Power to create industries. And watch Khartoum painfully gets on its nee!

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    • 28 January 2012 20:12, by Anynya One

      Jalaby need a microscope: If South Sudan stop connections the SPLA/M North, East Front & the Darfur active, what else do you want? Arab merchant wd know there is no hope for Khartoum. It is desert! hot with Arab hate...a "monster war" that will never end soon! History can tell...Arab merchants came to South and sent back to North. yeah.. I guess is time to go to the desert of Babilonia.

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    • 28 January 2012 21:05, by mohammed ali

      Ananya, why not doing all these good things for your satisfaction and prosperity.Why putting Khartoum in the equation.If your moto is hatred to Khartom , you are bound to go to no wher and achieve nothing!

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  • 28 January 2012 21:58, by Anynya One

    To AL!
    Sudan’s VP threatens army strike on Juba? now you asking silly questions “why not doing all these good things for your satisfaction and prosperity? Why putting Khartum in the equation”? Why don’t you open your eyes and see or just make it easy by asking God for forgiveness. Did you forget your motto that was already rooted in your “Arab blood system of hatred, slavery, loot and theft” Cont.

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  • 28 January 2012 22:02, by Anynya One

    How about the “vivid historical Motives of Mohamed Ali” to take Africans Mineral resources? Did you know that right now? if you do, I ask you to hurry and pray your God and also bag the Nubians, Funj and all other Nilotic tribes you treated like slaves in this country of Africa, ask for reconciliation as that of South Africa or just face the heat; chose one!

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  • 28 January 2012 22:33, by RUWENG BIEMNOM

    In fact, Omar Bashir wanted the Southerners to go back to war. What is the point of sharing our oil with the Northerners and Southerners have already separated themselves from the hand of Khartoum Government? I think this is another way for Omar Bashir to beg the Southerners from having a portion of oil share.

    By Mr RUWENG from Biemnom.

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  • 28 January 2012 23:41, by Darkangel

    THIS PROVES EVERYTHING - KIIR IS A WEAK and COWARD LEADER

    When presidents sit - they make decisions - NOT KIIR.

    HE runs to his boss PAGAN - who in turn is lead by his Zionist leaders. KIIR was an embaracement in front of the African leaders. But now they know he is weak and cant make judgment.

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    • 28 January 2012 23:44, by Darkangel

      S Sudan shut the oil production - but it will only last a few weeks. They hope to pressure the North to accept anything. But in the end they will have to sign a deal and export oil via Sudan. The pipelines they dream of are yrs away and costs millions. No company has agreed to build it yet - Kenya & S. Sudan are broke ! Sudan knows this so all it will do is wait a see when kiir will run back.

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      • 28 January 2012 23:47, by Darkangel

        The problem is you guys are lead by emotions, hateful and racist. Not logic brainless ! - but i guess it would be hard with an avergae IQ of 50, unemployed and scoffing of Asylum benefits. Africans can clearly see S Sudan has no logic and is guided by outsided forces. All this is to prepare people for the war against Sudan in next few months. But S Sudan will suffer and Juba will be attacked.

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        • 28 January 2012 23:50, by Darkangel

          Your weak and incompetent SPLA cant even stop people killing each other. The can NOT take back Abyei by force and you dont have flies to attack Khartoum. Slaves of America, you want your masters to pay you off and attack Khartoum for you. Typical ! GOSS is the first government asking for Asylum benefits !! Get your spears and rocks ready - the War is coming and you will see a bloodbath.

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          • 29 January 2012 00:03, by Darkangel

            This is what the KENYANS ae saying about the pipeline.
            Ha Ha they dont believe it either. It will costs billions and many years to build - Most importantly a date for construction hasnt even been set, which proves its only a tactical manouever by Juba to get concesions !

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7X4Wo3Ytes

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  • 28 January 2012 23:58, by Legacy Elites

    The sad reality is. Kiir Salva is going to commit the same folly twice and etc times. He will sign a trick new little ’cpa’ and allow jalaba to steal even more oil. It is now clear that the jalaba have been stealing more oil than people thought, worth billions of $$. Beshiir Omaar should be the one paying Juba

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    • 29 January 2012 01:39, by THE UNDER COVER

      Indeed nobody left when Dr John Garang died accept Pagan Amum,

      Mr Dinka Dominated SPLA/M need to tell Kiir Mayardit that CPA was negotiated with intelligency not dumbness people like you, quite the job,
      Pagan Amum Oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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  • 30 January 2012 09:28, by Martin Kat

    Brothers and sisters those who were looted together with Bashir S. Sudan oil like Ethiopia, Kenya, Mbeki and the rest of Africa countries will be afected following halted of S. Sudan oil production. Soon you will see they will be having economic crisis, that is why they submitted the proposal that S. Sudn would pay $4 billion USD to North Sudan.

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