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Oil talks resume as Sudan chides Juba over accusations of stealing

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January 19, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan and South Sudan on Thursday resumed indirect talks on their oil dispute as Khartoum accused Juba of lacking good faith to reach an agreement.

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FILE - Thabo Mbeki (L), South Sudan’s Salva Kiir and Sudan’s Omar Al-Bashir

The talks, mediated by the African Union High Level Panel (AUHIP), were scheduled to commence in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Tuesday.

According to Sudan’s official news agency, SUNA, the head of Sudan’s delegation, Idriss Mohamed Abdul Gadir, and that of South Sudan, Pagan Amum, met with the AUHIP’s member and former Burundian President Pierre Buyoya.

SUNA said the meeting agreed to divide each delegation into three teams to discuss different aspects of the oil dispute.

The recently-separated countries have been deadlocked in a dispute over the transit fees the land-locked South should pay for the use of Sudan’s pipeline infrastructure to export its oil.

South Sudan preempted the talks by reiterating accusations that Sudan was stealing its oil and demanded compensation.

Pagan Amum said that Khartoum “poisoned” the negotiation atmosphere by stealing oil. According to press reports, South Sudan demanded that its northern neighbor pay an equivalent of 1.4 million barrels of oil to resume talks.

On the other hand, Sudan’s negotiating team in Addis Ababa issued Thursday a press release defending its decision to confiscate South Sudan’s oil and blaming the latter’s “rejectionist attitude” for the stalled the talks.

The press release stated that all the proposals put forward by Khartoum to resolve the dispute were met by rejection from South Sudan, suggesting that Juba’s alleged attitude is influenced by external players.

“This rejectionist attitude has been the major reason for the protracted nature of these negotiations” the statement said, adding that southerners are influenced in their choices by “some of their international political sponsors from outside the African continent.

It deplored the use of “slanderous” language such as “stealing, robbery, piracy, theft etc” by south Sudanese official to describe Sudan’s taking of its “entitlements.”

The team accused its southern counterpart of not negotiating in good faith and having no intention to reach an agreement.

It accused Juba of lacking good faith in the negotiations to reach an agreement within a reasonable time.

The Sudanese team claimed Khartoum has not received any payment from Juba to cover the cost of processing and transporting its crude oil since South Sudan’s impendence.

Accordingly, it added, Khartoum has decided to take its entitlements of transit fee and other service fees in kind.

The statement also claimed that Sudan officially informed South Sudan that it would begin confiscating oil on 1, December last year. It went on to argue that this fact negates South Sudan’s allegation that Khartoum was stealing the oil.

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  • 20 January 2012 10:12, by SeekingTruth

    WHEN CHINA GET INVOLVED IN ANY SUDANESE AFFAIRS, NOBODY CONSIDER IT AS AN OUTSIDER ESPECIALLY IN KHARTOUM BUT WHEN SOUTHERNERS TRY TO CLAIM WHAT IS RIGHTFULLY THEIRS, IT’S AN INFLUENCE FROM THE OUTSIDERS IN NORTHERNERS’ EYES. ISN’T THAT THE SAME OLD ROTTEN MENTALITY WHICH STEREOTYPICALLY STATES, ’LET SUPRESS THEM AS MUCH AS WE LIKE SINCE THEY SEEMED TO DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING?’ THEY STOLE.

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    • 20 January 2012 10:17, by SeekingTruth

      ...AND ITS KNOWN WORLD-WIDE THEY ARE THIEVES, WHY WASTE TIME NEGOTIATING WITH NO RESULT INSTEAD OF SHUTING DOWN THE PRODUCTION SO OTHER ISSUES WILL HAVE A CHANCE FOR BEING ADRESSED AS WELL?

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    • 20 January 2012 12:55, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      All the companies working under the Oil exploration are concerned for the missing oil to the north sudan,and they are accountable for it or else their contract should be stop from not pumping the oil of the south sudan in the mouth of the Arabs

      OKUC PA LOTINOKWAN

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  • 20 January 2012 10:31, by mosa mel

    The talk was not only oil but including Abeyi, border and others. why people only report oil case while omited others? what is wrong with Abeyi and border?

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    • 20 January 2012 12:02, by Force 1

      Mel, oil is the engine that powered all these issues, oil is the one that is used to buy weapons and terrorized innocents civilians. Amum is right about the stolen 1.4 million barrels, this oil should be handed back to South Sudanese authorities before any round table talk.

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      • 20 January 2012 12:07, by Force 1

        Second of all, oil should not keep flowing up north in the pipeline, shutdown the pipeline. If 1.4 million barrels had already been stolen so far, why keeps the oil running?

        Who complain that his or her house is being burglarize everyday and at the same time ignoring locking and securing their house?

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  • 20 January 2012 11:18, by Mike Mike

    Such an importance issues shouldn’t be solved at once. They have to be prioritised according to how improtancy they are and after that discussion can take place.It seems that they issues to discuss in Addis are very many but the most important one is about Oil and follow by abyei issue because if the issue on oil is not solve then things will go worse since our gvt of South is depending oil money.

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    • 20 January 2012 13:39, by MR. BURDEN

      Thanxs Mr. Pagun, u r a man who don’t fear of those nonsence of Bashir,u scarificed yrself by the name of south sudanese since the independent up to now, anywy we shall rally behind u, and make sure that one day one time u will lead this country although u r counted among the 13 corrupt gov’t officail, we w’ll asked u to return the money and than u win the presidential ticket.

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      • 20 January 2012 23:36, by Elijah B. Elkan

        Mr. Burden, Your comment make no senses. First, you congratulated Mr. Pagun and in the same paragraph you turn around and insulted him. Prove your point that Mr. Pagun is corrupted politician Mr. You are making a fool of yourself, try to rewriting this paragraph. What the correct spelling first name and last name?. You people in south S. don’t care about paying attention to little details.

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    • 20 January 2012 23:50, by Elijah B. Elkan

      Mr. Mike Mike, If you leave in the United States, you’re committing a crime/ plagiarism by using the "Mike Mike". This name is copy right with ESPN sport. If you become famous someday you will be charge with a 4th degree felony and you will go to jail. So use your real name like everyone else. Don’t be afraid of unknown dude!.

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  • 20 January 2012 14:45, by Lang

    Finally the government is showing it is not weak. This what we needed since day one and this is how we should deal with the terrorist infested country always!

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