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Sudan’s Bashir says Juba has little interest in reaching oil deal

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January 4, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir on Wednesday slammed the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) saying they have not been negotiating in good faith on oil issues.

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Sudan’s President Omer Hassan al-Bashir addresses the nation during Independence Day celebrations in Khartoum December 31, 2011 (Reuters)

In statements made following the receipt of legislative response to his address made last year, Bashir stressed that the 2012 budget incorporated a fee that is to be paid by GoSS for usage of pipelines to export its oil through Port Sudan.

The two countries have been in talks for months with the goal of determining what the fair charge should be for utilizing the oil infrastructure in Sudan.

Bashir said the tactics deployed by GoSS during these negotiations and their responses to the proposals tabled show lack of prospects for a resolution.

He added that the south’s “excellent” situation and flow of oil without payment on the part of GoSS away from any obligations encouraged Juba to be “stubborn” during the talks.

“For that we took the decision unilaterally to take oil transit fees month by month and this is our right,” the Sudanese president said.

In his New Year message South Sudan President Salva Kiir accused Sudan of taking part of his country’s oil without any permission.

Kiir did not offer any details but described this as “looting in a broad day light”.

A source close to GoSS told Sudan Tribune said that Khartoum stole 1.2 million barrels of oil from the pipelines and diverted it to refineries of al-Obeid in North Kordofan and al-Gailey in north Khartoum.

South Sudan may soon take the decision to stop pumping oil, the source added.

Bashir said he is concerned about the threat of South Sudan to stop oil flow but said Juba has more to lose if it took this step than Khartoum because it has no other source of income beside oil. He added that such a decision will also reflect negatively on the oil companies operating in South Sudan.

This week Sudanese government confirmed that it has been confiscating part of the oil pumped by South Sudan to satisfy the dues on transit fees. It is not clear when this measure took effect.

Last month the Sudanese parliament authorized the government to seize crude exports as a form of payment if necessary.

It has yet to be seen how China, which buys most of Sudan’s oil, will react to Bashir’s announcement. The rising world power pressed Khartoum last month to reverse its decision to stop the flow of oil until Juba pays $727 million on oil shipments made through its territory to date.

Less than six months ago South Sudan became the world’s newest country after voting for independence in a January vote, taking with it three-quarters of the country’s oil.

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  • 5 January 2012 08:57, by Lang

    This terrorist thief always has to mess things up for everyone if he does not get his way.

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    • 5 January 2012 10:21, by E. Defense Forces

      @Lang people like you made us went to the bush. You are acting just like the Arabs in the north. From your writing you must be a dinka, the same Arab mentality is now applying in my new nation. If the Torit mutineers are alive they will be in the bush now. The injustice in south Sudan must stop or we going to civil war.

      Go ahead and label me any thing you want.SPLA/M + NCP + NRM = Same Sh*ts.

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      • 5 January 2012 10:49, by Lang

        Do not try to distort history traitor. Torit mutineers were not trying to split South Sudan into three(like you wish would happen). They were fighting against being ruled by oppressors but look at you tribalist idiot, you see your tribe as more important than South Sudan and being South Sudanese. You are a disgrace.

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        • 5 January 2012 17:16, by Hardball

          Bashir said, "South Sudanese are stubborn and for that we took the decision unilaterally to take oil transit fee month by month this is our right" Well, what is South Sudanese leadership waiting for? they don’t need any permission from anyone to unilaterally shutdown the pipeline.

          Bashir made it clear now that I don’t care what South Sudan think, I am taking the oil whether with their knowledge or not.
          President Kirr, the ball is at your home court, South Sudanese all eyes are on you! What is your action?

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      • 5 January 2012 10:50, by Lang

        Get this straight traitor. I am not Dinka, not nuer, murle, or what ever tribe. I am SOUTH SUDANESE!

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        • 5 January 2012 13:37, by E. Defense Forces

          Done lie you are a dinka and I will say it again Kokora Oyee! south Sudan should be split into three because that is the only option for my region Equatoria to develop.

          Republic of Eqatoria Oyee!

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        • 6 January 2012 07:17, by Alagaya

          Thank you: LANG I hope everyone should behave like you. Togather we will fight tribalism. tribalism is only bad disease killing more Southern Sudan, but we will defeat it soon or later. Bashir will pay for what he is rober.

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      • 5 January 2012 17:03, by Hardball

        Bashir said, "South Sudanese are stubborn and for that we took the decision unilaterally to take oil transit fee month by month this is our right" Well, what is South Sudanese leadership waiting for now? President Kirr don’t need any permission from anyone to unilaterally shutdown the pipeline.

        Bashir made it clear now that I don’t care what South Sudan think, I am taking the oil whether with their knowledge or not.
        President Kirr, the ball is in you field, South Sudanese all eyes on you! What is your action?

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      • 7 January 2012 03:32, by Elijah B. Elkan

        Mr. E. Defense Forces, Apparently, you seems very confused. Fact, with out Dinkas tribe in south Sudan you will never have Independence country. The Dinka tribe had lost many Dinkas people in the civil war than any other tribe(s) in south Sudan. So, be careful what you wish for it might just happen. Also, don’t be a coward, be a man and use your real name will you.

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    • 5 January 2012 19:23, by Abraham Ayom

      Hopeless human being call her/him Equatoria Defences Forces. Read Forum Rules carefully
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  • 5 January 2012 09:02, by BM Bol

    The best decision is to stop the oil flow and start building new pipes through Kenya. This can be done in two or three years especially if there’s a will to do so. In the main time South Sudan can borrow money from World Bank to keep it functioning while pipes are being built.

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  • 5 January 2012 09:13, by wad balad

    The NCP has been too lenient with GOSS in dealing with this oil issue. This step should have been taken last July 9. Its a take it or leave it deal. Not more Not Less !!

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  • 5 January 2012 09:45, by E. Defense Forces

    We are independent country and it’s called Republic of South Sudan not Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS).

    God Bless RSS

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    • 5 January 2012 12:06, by mohammed ali

      Defence, this is undue sensitivity.The republic of South Sudan has the government of South Sudan " GOSS", republic of Sudan has the government of Sudan "GOS".What due excpect from Khartoum to do?They asked for a deal before the referundum,SPLA refused; SPLA reluctantly accepted to start negotiating postponing meetings now & then; SPLA rejected Khartoum proposal, IMF proposal, AU proposal...con

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      • 5 January 2012 12:13, by mohammed ali

        ..The AU proposed that SS to pay $ 300 until a deal is reached, SPLA refused! What options are left for Sudan after 7 months ? I think they have no choice except to do what they are doing now.

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  • 5 January 2012 12:02, by Deng II

    Any Country on this world where government so corrupting, they are weak and cowards because the leaders are busy of looting country resources. During the movement, SPLA was strong despit the fact that the soldiers were not paids. There is no government on the world too corrupts with strong army. Al beshier can fart out stink gass on the nose of Kiir, and he going to say nothing.

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  • 5 January 2012 12:13, by Deng II

    Kiir know that Arab government steal oil as he said by his OWN mouth yesterday, and he still don’t have any plan A, B,C, and D to deal with Arab Government. An oil that 99 percent in South Sudan don’t even taste it. The guy is look dump who don’t think progressively and have vision.

    God help South Sudan

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  • 5 January 2012 14:17, by Konan

    Wiseman,

    Don’t worry Sudan is China key ally in Africa. Guys forget about the 10% (stolen) by Sudan what about the rest 90%. Southerners are still the poorest people on earth no running water, no medical care, no roads, no electricity, no security actually you have nothing except poverty, starvation, civil war and perhaps your own country.

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  • 5 January 2012 16:21, by lekium

    One wonders if the GOSS will reach agreement in time? It will be complicated to find a solution!
    film de cul


    video de cul

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    • 5 January 2012 16:45, by mohammed ali

      Agreement is easy and reachable and is beneficial for both people.The problem is SPLA has no money left.Now 7 months the are recieveing all the money.500,000* 100=50,000,000 if the companies get 30% GOSS is left with 70% which is 35 millons per day, in one month it is over one billion, in 7 months it is 7,350,000,000 that is over 7 billions! Do you see anything on the ground? Soldiers, police...co

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      • 5 January 2012 16:53, by mohammed ali

        ..teachers are not getting their salaries; 50% of the population is starving,only 100 km road was built, no hospitals, no schools..etc Wher the hell does all this money goes?The easy way blame the jalabba,arabs, mandicorrow, and recently blame the innocent poor uneducated and simple people . for the insecurity!

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      • 5 January 2012 23:55, by athor deng

        Mo..where are u getting all theses stuff from?

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        • 6 January 2012 02:03, by Daniel Buolmawei

          From lying. What sources do you think those of Mohammed Ali get their information from other than being liars and sorts of. Mohammed has never quoted reliable sourves since I joined this website. Lying is in his DNA.

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  • 6 January 2012 01:44, by Daniel Buolmawei

    "Bashir said he is concerned about the threat of South Sudan to stop oil flow but said Juba has more to lose if it took this step than Khartoum because it has no other source of income beside oil. He added that such a decision will also reflect negatively on the oil companies operating in South Sudan."

    Those politicians from Juba are really do not listen. Just cut it off. We lived for years----

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  • 6 January 2012 01:48, by Daniel Buolmawei

    without oil money but we have survived. We will contribute to the government as we contribued to the SPLM/A movement until we finish building our own pipelines. I have never since day one agreed to share pipeline with Khartoum. If they stole this huge oil without your notice, what do you think they will steal for some years to come?

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  • 6 January 2012 03:28, by Daniel Buolmawei

    BREAKING NEWS: Lou-Nuer-Dinka operation against Murle has ended. 25 Nuer and Dinka kids recovered, over 80,000 stolen Nuer and Dinka cattle returned, about 900 Dinka fighters involved in the operation to coordinate military intelligencia (i.e. as military intelligent agents) accroding to the report, and 95 fighters wounded and 15 killed on the side of Lou-Nuer-Dinka. Source: SouthSudannation.com.-

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