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South Sudanese rebels threaten proposed oil pipeline

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By Toby Collins

January 26, 2012 (LONDON) – South Sudanese rebels operating in oil-rich Unity state issued a statement on Wednesday threatening the proposed construction of an oil pipeline to Lamu on the Kenyan coast.

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Great Nile Petroleum Operating Corporation, Unity state, South Sudan, 2011 (Pulitzer)

The pipeline would offer South Sudan an alternative to the economic stranglehold it is currently held in by Khartoum.

Landlocked South Sudan is involved in an escalating dispute over the payment of transit fees for its oil, which is currently exported across the international border, in Port Sudan.

The South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA) and the South Sudan Democratic Army (SSDA) warn “any oil company” considering involvement in the construction of a pipeline to “stay away from Unity State and Upper Nile” because they “will never allow the construction of the new pipeline” because “the decision was taken without adherence to democratic principles.“

Negotiations between Juba and Khartoum, hosted by the African Union High-level Implementation Panel have thus far failed to find a resolution.

The statement describes the decision to shut the pipeline as “economic suicide”, suggesting that exports via Port Sudan should continue until the new pipeline is built.

These are reiterations of warnings given by the SSLA in December 2011 when the French oil company, Total proposed the adaptation of a pipeline planned to take Ugandan oil to the Kenyan coast, to accommodate South Sudanese oil.

Juba signed a memorandum of understanding with Kenya on the construction of the pipeline on Tuesday.

No indication has yet been given on the economic feasibility or time-frame of the suggested pipeline.

South Sudan’s decision to close the current pipeline may have economically negative ramifications in the short-term, but as oil makes up 90 percent of South Sudan’s revenues and is its the greatest draw for foreign investors, a long-term solution is critical.

The stakes are high. Juba is threatening to “sue” Khartoum and has put the army no high alert.

The SSLA end by stating that “Within few days, fire will be burning everywhere in Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei States “ and that “Salva Kiir will migrate to Kenya where he bought two villas for his family.” No evidence is given for either claim.

Juba accuses Khartoum of backing many of South Sudan’s rebellions.

The spokesperson for the South Sudanese army, Philip Aguer described the SSLA as a "northern mercenaries" after a string of attacks in Unity state during 2011.

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  • 27 January 2012 06:23, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

    When the war is loom, you could find a wards from either cowardice or foreign person like this, poor comments here.
    ‘Do not put our army in Risk ,they don’t have modern military equipment to encounter the NIF terrorist’

    Does the coward poor foreign boy know the meaning of being a soldier?
    Do the coward and foreign person have anyone being train in the army field?,

    It is so good that the c

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    • 27 January 2012 06:25, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      It is so good that the coward ravel themselves when the war is on the way,
      I also hope this time there will be no Congles_ Ugandan again,
      What a cowardice foreign,

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      • 27 January 2012 06:36, by Lokorai

        Southern rebels,

        Please allow our people peace; stop becoming small in the eyes of our people and the world. But who are you to threaten a sitting government.

        The lame duck (Kiir) has given you space to breath!

        Its time to unite and face Arabs; the deal is done for another route not Sudan.

        Lokorai

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      • 27 January 2012 06:40, by omoni jr.

        HAHAHAHA,
        Dinka Dominated Spla/m,

        am not in good mood today boy,but if you reply me back you will feel deeply in your blood arteries.thanks

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        • 27 January 2012 08:30, by Aarai Baka

          who are these rebel anyway? who do they represented in that regions? what are their agendas of fighting the government?

          these questions need to be answered by ruach, kim deng,gorden wang. mon-mandhal and their likes.
          war for food, u kill yours sisters, brothers, children and elderly people due to food.

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          • 27 January 2012 09:44, by Ruach

            What are u beating here?Is it because we South Sudanese ’ve plans to establish the oil pipelines through your Country(Uganda)?I’m not a supporter of Rebels in RSS nor Kim,Wang etc,but hate any foreigner who interfer in our activities.These rebels will one day stop their activities and come up with the dev’t plans.Open ur mouth Aarai because u ’ll be getting some money from our oils.Don’t destroy..

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            • 27 January 2012 09:55, by Ruach

              our pipelines as ur minds may be caught up by sattan!These Rebels are sometimes rite,but can’t fight with guns rather they should challenge SPLM through peaceful means and professional manner.Loss of lives shouldn’t occur again as we ’ve finished ourselves.This is the time for dev’ts ok!!We know ourselves in RSS and join the rest of ur brothers and sisters.

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              • 27 January 2012 10:09, by Ruach

                To Aarai Baka!Your name is not even existing in South Sudan.It is my first tyme to see & hear such kind of name.These Rebels are not fighting for the tribe and no tribe gives them any supports that u can mention our name to answer your stupid questions.Nilotes are born wise.We ’ve the spirits of thinking before airing out our voices.You are not more foreigners,but ur double faces and ur hate to us

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                • 27 January 2012 17:28, by Aarai Baka

                  To ruach

                  ruach, u will not be able to identify those names since your base mine only know nuer tribe n dinka, u always called me as Ugandan or Congolese. Im not Congolese nor Ugandan but Im pure South Sudanese by nationality and birth. I hate nobody but I hate mouth full like your type who run his mouth all the time insulting other. ask Riak and he will tell u who I am.

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          • 28 January 2012 06:58, by Dinka husband

            Shame on you rebels why do you targeting upper nile only when the problem is not from upper nile,why don,t you take action and go to warap, lake state where this stupid salva stay

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        • 27 January 2012 08:41, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

          What are you going to do?
          are you going to used uncivilised insult words you used with SSAL suporter some time back or what?

          Well, let me tell you Congles boy, if we met? you will pass in different window boy leave alone that internet give you some legitmacy to talk to me in this site,

          i am A_Z Sudanse and pur son of brave man whose his braveness is welknown in Sudan, start from gran father

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          • 28 January 2012 04:06, by omoni jr.

            Dummy Dominated Spla/m.
            you son of a bitch back off from,mother fucker.
            son of bitch, why dont you put your really name here like me,
            you are just stupid coward jenge/arien.me and Dr.JAMES OKUK are brave people we put our really name,not you as fake Dinka.
            mother fucker,son of retarded family

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      • 27 January 2012 08:48, by Marolditapei

        SSLA/M REBELS AND ARE STUPID AND COWARD. THEY ARE VERY STUPID INDEED JUST THEIR FOUNDERS MILITIAS AND FOOD LOOTERS. LET THEM GO TO HELL WITH THEIR TONG LUAL MOTHERFUCKER AND THEIR AMBASSADOR BAPINY. WHAT ARE THEY TALKING ABOUT AND THE GAME IS OVER ALREADY?

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      • 27 January 2012 09:22, by koriom

        Dear brothers from Great SSLA,
        Keep up that spirit of correcting prevaricating and corrupt
        government of stupid KIIR.Actually Kiir doesn’t look at the
        side of the coin.what i wanna say is Kenyans are the worst
        thief in the World.It will get rich using our oil product.

        My dear citizens i can’t understand the reason u should
        support the stupid idea of greedy Kiir.This so Kenya
        Pipeline is dangerous

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        • 27 January 2012 11:00, by Martin Kat

          Mr Koriom you must fear the lord to insulted president Kiir.
          SSLA you are suppoted now is more dangerious than current govt. The SSLA soldiers are now raping your mother and sisters in Unity state. you have supported them because you are part of their characters. their vision is basing on wealth only, but not a future for S. Sudanese people. By all that you are dreaming they will not see Bentiu.

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      • 27 January 2012 11:51, by Lula

        To my surprise that I hear SSLA/M complaining and order pending on pipeline construction, where were you so called democratic allies? You were not asking Sudan its central authorities to stop escaping with south Sudan oil; I think you may have no chance if your wishes are to support foreign state rather than your home state.

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    • 27 January 2012 07:33, by john agoet

      To SSLA/M or whoever you are.
      That’s means someone pushing you from behind I’m correct? If that is the case, we left with no minds to play with, let me tell you this. in this particular time you miscalculated and these will be the end of your journey because these pipeline are not belong to the government but it is ours, we the people of south Sudan, and the card you try to play with doesn’t work

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      • 27 January 2012 07:36, by john agoet

        this time, you are turning a lot of people against you and time started now...tick tick tick......

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        • 27 January 2012 08:21, by john agoet

          No mistake about it, we all agreeing there is corruption going on in south Sudan in higher level but what I disagreed with, is a using of guns as a tools of resolution, we all know is not going to work rather than causing more damage, we have seen such modules’ in Africa and that is why they stay put diffident

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          • 27 January 2012 10:11, by john agoet

            TO SSLA/M/D
            If you asked me how to fight corruption!! I will answer as simple as this. yes we do need a state to be run by constitution sentry by professional law enforcement agencies, this is what’s called good governance where all people are equal and no one above the law, we can achieves these though pressing on our civil society to craft that atmosphere(they already started)

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            • 27 January 2012 10:13, by john agoet

              other democracy panel (parties, unions.ect..) these beside a great support from international societies include NGO’S, UN, ect... these people are already giving us a hand regard to matter. Not by gun and more Anyanya, we have lose 2.5 million life’s, I think is enough we can afford more dead

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    • 27 January 2012 09:29, by SeekingTruth

      ALAS! THESE VISIONLESS THUGS TOGETHER WITH THEIR SUPPORTERS WILL DIE INVAIN! AND I WISH THEY SHOULD NOT BE BURIED IN SOUTH SUDAN WHEN THE HELL CALL THEM. SHAMELESS TROLLS!

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    • 27 January 2012 10:01, by john agoet

      To what so call south sudan rebels
      If you asked me how to fight corruption!! I will answer as simple as this. yes we do need a state to be run by constitution sentry by professional law enforcement agencies, this is what’s called good governance where all people are equal and no one above the law, we can achieves these though pressing on our civil society (they already started)

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    • 27 January 2012 12:10, by SSLA/M Supporter

      Yes fools! SSLA/M won’t allow SPLA/M thugs and Kenyan thieves to loot our natural resources! I prefer Sudan to benefit from our oil than to make those Kenyan and Ugandan apes or monkeys rich! To hell with you who are unhappy with my comment! What are Kenya and Uganda supposed to us in upper Nile and Bhar El gazal regions! We have neither cultural nor business link with apes! Let them go 2 hell!

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      • 27 January 2012 13:05, by john agoet

        SSLA/M Supporter
        "I prefer Sudan to benefit from our oil than to make those Kenyan and Ugandan apes or monkeys"
        Now you have shown your real Arab’s identity with these few racism comments next time write your real name (Mohamed or whatever your Arab’s name is). Do you know how I know you are an Arab because we southerner do not call another African a monkey

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    • 28 January 2012 06:58, by NUER ONE

      Death to those Rebels all,one tribe will do what?

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      • 28 January 2012 13:54, by john agoet

        TO NURE ONE
        we don’t wish death to any tribe in the south we have lose a lot we have seen it all and it is a heart-breaking what ever left we keep them for war of devolopment which is more testing

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  • 27 January 2012 06:35, by akid malual

    What ever call SSLA/SSDA both of them are Southern Jobless who open there mouth and stomach to be recognized instead of see the country under development and prospective that south gain from the decade of struggling. Now to stop these call Nyagat within the south. There should be evacuate on ssla and ssda, who are they? And where are the come from? If we no them through there identity ethics

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  • 27 January 2012 06:43, by Peter Marko

    We know it along the way that these thugs so-called SSLA are agents of Al-Bashier. Shame on you suckers, we will get you soon, iodits. I could not bellieve that Dr. David Dechan, who once used to be my Professor at University of Nebraska @ Omaha, would betray us, the South Sudanese, for the sake of few dollars. You have disgraced your family, your state and your nation.

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    • 27 January 2012 08:20, by Deng Sam Malek

      @Peter Marko.
      I feel the same pain that you have now.
      It is very sad to see the whole professor lowering himself to the tune of a betrayer.
      Any way,let the dog muddy his own water.

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  • 27 January 2012 06:54, by Lang

    Where was this bandit group when the north stole our oil? Are they real here to serve the people or to serve their own interest?...

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    • 27 January 2012 06:56, by Lang

      All of this bandit groups and opposition are coming out of the woodwork’s to threaten or critize GoSS but where the hell were they to do the same for the terrorist government of khartoum when they were/are stealing our oil?? When are they gonna put out a statement asking for khartoum to return stolen goods??

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  • 27 January 2012 07:18, by Tamongali

    pls, fire starts from small sparks, let the government not under mind this statement.pls take things seriously, no any company risk its capital even if a single bullet from a toy pistol fired towards it.In addition analysit talk about insecurity of the pipe line. don’t forget khartoum always accueses juba of supporting spla/n in blue nile and nuba mount.They may gain this chance and do tit for tat

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  • 27 January 2012 07:30, by Dau-arok

    THE STATEMENTS FOR SSDA/SSLA IS FOR ENEMIES HOW COULD YOU GET POWER TO TALK WITH SOUTH SUDAN GOVERMENTS.OR THE SPLA,ARE YOU HAVING POWER TO TALK WITH THEM?

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  • 27 January 2012 09:19, by mosa mel

    It is clear now Rebels are fight for Khartoum not what they call ssl. Khartoum will not grant you any more. it is over. Just come back to South Sudan.

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  • 27 January 2012 09:23, by Jong Anthony

    You Idiot Rebels your statement is good to read but difficult to be implement
    what you need to know is that your stupidity will drive you to wrong side of the history and your claim of democratic government will be zero at all
    Try to restrain your foolishness

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  • 27 January 2012 09:44, by Deng

    SSLA DO YOU GUYS REALLY UNDERSTAND THE VALUE OF INDEPENDENT? DO YOU REALLY? IF YOU DO,PLEASE LAY DOWN YOUR ARMS AND JOIN YOUR BROTHERS IN THE SOUTH. UNDERSTAND THE VALUE OF HAVING AN OPPOSITION PARTY OVER REBELS, THE VALUE OF DIPLOMATIC SETTLEMENT OVER ARM REBELLION.

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  • 27 January 2012 16:18, by James Maker Akok

    SSLA, and SSDA, are you really supporting North Sudan Govvernment? You don’t know what you suporting really. North Sudan Government is not going to give you any share. you can fight South Sudan Government and South Sudan Government welcoming you to Government as brother but North Sudan Government can not does that thing to you as brother. You have to know where you get benefit.

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    • 27 January 2012 20:44, by john agoet

      Brother James. This people have lose self stem, the best thing mankind has to proud of, they have done these all the way since a war of 21 year with” regimes in Khartoum” they paid to kill their own kind it seem to me we just Bucking while they are proceeding on, it is eccentric by the way, I would suggest to have strategic plan in place. Till now I don’t know what it is? we all thinking about it

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  • 27 January 2012 22:32, by Ngundeng jr

    I just had a prophecy last night that South Sudanese are not going to be intimidated by these rebels who need therapy and hugs for war hungover.

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  • 27 January 2012 23:25, by lick my ass

    AM REALLY HAPPY TO SEE OUR FELLOW EQUATORIANS COMMENTING IN SUPPORT OF THE PIPELINE DEAL. AT FIRST, PEOPLE THOUGHT THE REBELS WERE HAVING CLEAR OBJECTIVES FOR SOUTH SUDAN BUT NOW HAVE LOST RESPECT FOR THEM BECAUSE A TRUE SUDANESE CAN NOT BE HAPPY WHEN ARABS KEEP ON EXPLOITING US.

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  • 28 July 2012 18:43, by danaray79

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