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S. Sudan condemns oil “stealing”, says Khartoum has no control over resources

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By Uma Julius

January 15, 2012 (JUBA) – An official from the South Sudanese government on Sunday condemned Khartoum’s decision to confiscate its crude oil, adding that the transitional agreements South Sudan singed this week with the foreign oil companies gives it, legally and formally, full control over its resources.

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Pagan Amum, the Secretary General of the ruling Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) in South Sudan, was responding to earlier reports that Khartoum had instructed a foreign oil company to load 650,000 barrels of South Sudan’s crude oil onto its vessel.

Petrodar Operating Company (PDOC) told South Sudanese officials on Saturday that it was ordered by the Sudanese government to load the oil, estimated at $65 million, adding that the process was “required” by the Khartoum government, “non-negotiable” and to be overseen by its national security.

“The Government of Sudan’s control over South Sudan’s resources has formally and legally come to an end with the signing of the contracts [with foreign oil companies],” Amum told journalists in South Sudan capital of Juba.

Both South Sudan’s government and the foreign oil companies, he said, agreed to establish new joint operating companies and as a “rule with limited exceptions, to not use South Sudanese oil revenues to finance oil investments and operations in outside South Sudan.”

“The signing of the contracts between South Sudan and the oil companies also strengthens our position at the negotiations with our neighbours on the outstanding issues being discussed,” said Amum who is South Sudan’s chief negotiator at the Addis Ababa talks.

As part of South Sudan’s strategy, however, Amum noted that his government has embarked on the process of having the Petroleum Bill put in place, while efforts are also underway to establish the much-needed Petroleum Revenue Bill. The latter, he said, will oversee how revenues from oil sales are utilised.

On Saturday, South Sudan’s petroleum and mining ministry lauded foreign oil companies for “consistently” defying alleged orders by Khartoum to divert all South Sudan’s oil to the Sudan-based El Obeid and Khartoum refineries.

The Sudanese government, the ministry says, also blocked the export of any oil entitlement from South Sudan’s territory since last December, stressing that its actions were justified in efforts to secure payments in kind for fees South Sudan incurs in transportation and processing its oil through infrastructures located in Sudan.

But Khartoum’s argument, according to the ministry, suffered a “fatal blow” when foreign oil companies sent a letter to both governments, clearly acknowledging that South Sudan has since its independence promptly paid the required oil fees, contrary to Sudan’s claims.

“The timing of this letter and the GOS’s new instruction to PDOC cannot be viewed in isolation from one another,” said petroleum minister Stephen Dhieu Dau.

In Khartoum, the head of the Sudanese delegation to the Addis Ababa negotiations Idriss Mohamed Abdel-Gadir said that his government owes the south $5 billion while Juba owes it $6 billion.

Abdel-Gadir went on to say that what Khartoum seized in oil does not equate what South Sudan owes in arrears. He said that resolution of this issue can only be achieved on the negotiation table.

This month Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir accused South Sudan of not negotiating in good faith and as such Khartoum decided to “unilaterally” to take transit fees forcibly in the form of oil.

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  • 16 January 2012 10:19, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

    Pagan Amum is the man that we don’t have doubt about his stand on the cause of Sudan freedom for so long.
    He is a man who never called his enmies brother and beged them for food just like former nassir gangseters
    he is brave man who dares to look the Devil in the face and tell him he is a Devil. Nyagateen may not like it but they will still come back just like what they have done during war

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    • 16 January 2012 12:33, by Marolditapei

      You get it all wrong! Pagan is doing very well but he should stick begging the Bashir. Just suspend the oil production totally and mobilize other resources while pipeline construction is underway

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    • 16 January 2012 15:58, by Ruach

      Too quick to comment & failed to understand the topics.This will lead individual to ’ve failed mind infront of public that can judge words.Death is not very far from any one behaving like that ,with lack of posting tolerance to his leader calling them in the way that he wants!May God bless the beloved leaders whose pple out of mind insulted them!God bless the RSS with its resources looted day & ni

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    • 16 January 2012 16:04, by Lang

      "Plans to construct a pipeline to transport South Sudan’s oil through Uganda and Kenya in a bid to reduce over-reliance on Sudan’s infrastructure are at an advanced stage."
      - AfricaReview website
      The pipeline construction will begin soon!

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    • 16 January 2012 16:18, by Ruach

      Those leaders who are thought by others as good leaders in RSS are the confused ones as they are working day & night to steal our resources!How can a thief accuse a thief.NCP leaders are all thieves no doubt about that.At the same time we big thieves within RSS including that guy barking there about oils stolen.Where were u?Why did u allow them to steal our oils?We are tired of your lies.

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    • 16 January 2012 16:26, by Ruach

      No construction of pipe untill they die,they lack any visions future generations of this nation.They care for their mouths & alcohols!

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    • 16 January 2012 20:04, by Stephen kuach

      Khartoum government will never stop stealing our oil if our government is not taking an action,they need to be taugh a very tough lesson.they’re making up all these negativities knowingly that south sudan government will not dictate their request.hell to jalaba.

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  • 16 January 2012 10:20, by SeekingTruth

    SO THE RECENT CONTRACTS THE SOUTH JUST SIGNED WITH THE COMPANIES ENDED KHARTOUM CONTROL OVER SOUTH SUDAN’S RESOURCES?. WHAT A SHAME! HOW CAN A SOVEREIGN COUNTRY TAKE CONTROL OF ANOTHER SOVEREIGN’S COUNTRY’S RESOURCES? TO MR. PRESIDENT(KIIR), IF YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE GAME, STAY THE HELL OUT OF IT!
    THE KHARTOUM’S CROOKS WOULD HAVE BACK OFF ALREADY SHOULD THESE DAMN PIPE LINES WERE SHUTDOWN FOR AT...

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    • 16 January 2012 10:28, by SeekingTruth

      LEAST ONE MONTH AND SEE WHAT WILL THEIR MASTER CHINA WILL SAY ABOUT THAT. WHAT RESOLUTION IS THIS FUCKING ARAB IS TALKING ABOUT SINCE THEY HAVE ALREADY VIOLATED THE NEGOTIATIONS THAT WOULD HAVE BROUGHT RESOLUTION ON THE TABLE? SOUTH HAS A LEGALITY TO SUE YOUR GOV’T ON THE INTERNATIONAL COURT FOR WHATEVER YOU HAVE BEEN STEALING ILLEGALLY.

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  • 16 January 2012 10:28, by wad balad

    “The signing of the contracts between South Sudan and the oil companies also strengthens our position at the negotiations with our neighbors on the outstanding issues being discussed,”

    Do all the signing u want.One way or the other we will continue to take our payments until an agreement is reachd
    Think about being reasonable instead of tryin to strengthen ur position. It will yield better result

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    • 16 January 2012 10:49, by SeekingTruth

      @BALAD OR WHATEVER YOUR NAME IS, PUT IN MIND THAT STEALING ANOTHER COUNTRY RESOURCES WILL NEVER APPEASE YOUR ALREADY FRUSTRATED CITIZENS WHO VOW TO HAUL OUT THE AL-BASHIR’S INDICTED GOV’T.

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      • 16 January 2012 11:16, by wad balad

        Seeking truth,

        This issue has nothing to do with the citizen or albashir. Its about the GOSS who want to use the facilities of Sudan for cheap. We are not running a charity here. Like i said before if confiscating oil is stealing then so is using our facilities for free. Its the exact same thing. Agree to term of payement and abide or stop using sudan facitilties. Simple isnt it ?

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        • 16 January 2012 11:36, by SeekingTruth

          YES, LYING AS USUAL AND THE GUTS TO CALL IT YOUR FACILITIES. REALITY CHECK HAS ALREADY STATED THAT THESE FACILITIES YOU CLAIM DAY AND NIGHT WERE BUILIT USING BOTH SOUTH AND NORTH MONEY WHEN WE WERE A UNITED SUDAN. WHERE DO YOU GET "OUR FACILITIES" HERE IF YOU’RE NOT DELUSIONAL?

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          • 16 January 2012 14:36, by wad balad

            The oil pipelines and other facilities were built by the GOS from resource inside of sudan, wheter that money came from oil in the south or oil from the sky. The south was a part of sudan and the GOS has the right to built watever form whereva resources as long as it’s in Sudan. Now that u decided to secede it doesnt mean that it belong to u. As a matter of fact it does not.

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            • 16 January 2012 15:45, by SimonGK

              you start stealing the time we don’t know till then. it seem that you will never be satisfied seen it become a habit for you. if you know that the whole history is like that, what do you think the reason why we secede, isn’t because of your greediness of locating the infrastructure in one side of the country?

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          • 17 January 2012 00:06, by Force 1

            Seeking Truth, if you know the thief is stealing your property, you don’t whine about it, you stop the thief by taking your property off thief’s hand.

            The thieves now know that, no one is stopping them; therefore, they’re taking as much as they can. Tell the oil companies to stop pumping oil and if they can’t, fire them and hire the new ones. Is that hard to do?

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            • 17 January 2012 01:44, by Force 1

              If you can’t stop them, then why keep talking about someone stealing your oil? You stop them or else shut up!

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  • 16 January 2012 14:44, by Ahmado

    My brothers and sisters what are you cry,Dr John Garang died with government.it comes shame to me when i heard you cry over the stealing of oil, it seen to be we don’t have a government in south sudan.even though enemies insults them dog they saying yes.only thing government stop complain over the stealing of oil because they are fearing arabs.

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    • 17 January 2012 00:03, by Elijah B. Elkan

      Mr. Ahmado,

      What is your point or what are you trying to say. This paragraph of yours make no senses. Take your time, think through your comments before you make fool of yourself.

      The fake Arabs are born liars, cheaters, and thief’s. Liars/thief’s are always liars/thief’s. Bashir and his cohorts will hang soon or later. Turabi is fake Islamic leader, a child molester and he will burn in hell.

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  • 16 January 2012 15:00, by Ahmado

    government of KIIR and south sudan i know they don’t have long vision they have short vision.

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    • 16 January 2012 16:02, by redarmy

      man you right up to date, south sudan Government like to argue with Arab for nothing without taking action, they will not leave stealing our if we don’t do something bad to them. redarmy.

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  • 16 January 2012 16:15, by pabaak

    This process should have been done in the first month after independence, this is the nature of government in Juba always late in doing things, unless so many loses happen. what they have done to prevent NCP from further stealing of Oil, because we don’t trust these companies, they are been working with thefts in Khartoum for so long, how we expect them to turn around for short period of time

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  • 16 January 2012 18:37, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    Pagan Amum,

    I supported the Khartoum government to take that oil because you and your"Pseudo-intellectual"leader Mr Salva Kiir Miyardit and the rest of the others leaders in the Southern Sudan are full of stealing, looting,corrupting and doing shit. Let Omar Bashir take that oil because he knows what he is doing.In southern Sudan, people fight to liberate Salva Kiir Miyardit’s life not the land

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    • 16 January 2012 18:49, by Ruach

      Augustino.You are right my friend.If our expectations aren’t met,how can we describe these leaders.Look at Pagan being serious at day time & submit our resources to the enemies.They are men of today,but not men of tomorrow who value only their pockets than the coming generations.I afraid that the future generations shall describe us as primitives b/c their life is not valued

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      • 16 January 2012 23:13, by Elijah B. Elkan

        Mr. Ruach,

        Since you are a follower of Mr. Deng. Why don’t you come up your own ideas to help the country which is almost 7 month old. What have contributed to south Sudan sir. I don’t like to be negative, but it’s extremely pain to over looked idiotic comment like yours. Sir you need to support your people not kick them went they are down like dogs. Leaders are born, not made.

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    • 16 January 2012 23:07, by Elijah B. Elkan

      Mr. Deng, It is with great pain to read your comments. With all due respect sir, you are a total moron. I really feel sorry for you. Southern government is less than 7 months old and you/cohorts are stupid idiots who expected miracles. Do you people ever ran a government. Fools like you have no idea how politics works. North Sudan government have been lying cheating south Sudan 60 years.

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  • 17 January 2012 05:07, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    Dear Mr.Elijah B,

    I think you lack of knowledge and that is why you are always behind the intellectual people of Southern Sudanese people who can just think a sophisticated ideas within a second. You call me a "moron" because you can not digest my word due to your "thick bonehead mind." Shame on you sycophant.

    By Augustino Deng. Jech la mer from Tharpam.

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