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December 8, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese national assembly on Thursday approved an amendment to article (5) of the law governing the oil transit fees which now authorizes the finance ministry to seize crude exports as a form of payment if necessary.

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China’s Special Envoy for African Affairs Liu Guijin (R) speaks to reporters after meeting Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Karti (not pictured) in Khartoum on December 8, 2011 (AFP)

The amended law appears directed at the landlocked South Sudan which is in disagreement with Sudan over the fair fee that should be assessed for exporting its oil through the north’s pipelines that extend all the way to the coastal city of Port Sudan on the Red Sea.

According to the new provision, the finance ministry is now allowed to confiscate any portion of oil exports should the party that owns it fail to pay the required fees. This clause would be evaluated in the contracts signed between Khartoum and oil companies as well.

South Sudan has threatened last week to stop producing oil if that measure is adopted.

Last month, Khartoum quickly reversed a decision to block Juba from using its pipelines until all arrears are cleared since South Sudan became an independent state last July.

Sudanese officials claim that the south owes $727 million on four shipments of oil released and transferred through the oil installations in the north.

The two countries have been locked in negotiations for months under the auspices of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) headed by former South African president Thabo Mbeki.

The parliament speaker Ahmed Ibrahim al-Tahir accused South Sudan of not being keen on reaching an agreement on the fair fee per barrel of oil exported by Juba.

Al-Tahir disclosed that Khartoum demanded $36 while Juba stressed that it will not pay more than $8 per barrel.

The Secretary General of Sudan’s oil ministry Awad Abdel-Fattah said today that they will not accept any figure beside the one they pushed in their negotiations with South Sudan.

China which has the largest stake in Sudan’s oil has dispatched its envoy Liu Guijin in a bid to bridge the differences between the two ex-foes amid fears by Beijing of a disruption to its oil supplies.

The growing world power depends on South Sudan for nearly five percent of its oil imports.

The state-run China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) has pumped billions of dollars into developing oilfields in Sudan, 80 percent of which lie in the south.

Speaking to reporters after his talks with Sudan’s foreign minister Ali Karti, the Chinese envoy said that Khartoum and Juba have no option but to negotiate and offer concessions in order to resolve this issue and other outstanding ones.

“Due to the tensions in the states of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile, both sides have no option but to reach a deal," Guijin said.

Guijin said that he will do his best to help the two countries agree adding that he informed South Sudan government and the mediation team led by Mbeki that he has a comprehensive vision of a solution.

The Sudanese foreign ministry spokesperson Al-Obaid Marwih said that his government has given the maximum concessions it could but confirmed that they will not close the pipelines under any circumstances.

"But if the intransigence of the other party continues there is nothing we can do and we have felt that the south is not ready to make concessions or even an objective proposal," Marwih said.

South Sudan has been mulling a separate pipeline through Kenya to avoid using the ones in the north but analysts say that this will take years to build.

This week the French oil company Total suggested that it could build a pipeline to be shared by South Sudan and Uganda that exports oil through either Kenya or Tanzania.

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  • 9 December 2011 08:09, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

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    • 9 December 2011 08:14, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

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      Thieft, trader, and pedopgile plus raping is what the fake beliver doing now in sudan in the names of mahammd. money hungry ganster. i hate fake arab of sudan. there is no arab in sudan just pretanders.
      death to pretanders.

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      • 9 December 2011 08:57, by Sam.Eto

        Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

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        • 9 December 2011 10:14, by okucu pa lotinokwan

          To Sam Eto as he called himself,what kind of rule you are talking within tthe Sudantribune to Hell with you,any body has the right to expess him or herself in this media,you are the supporter of Prophet Mohammed a human being like any other living creture stop making noise.

          OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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        • 9 December 2011 11:00, by Sir. Nostalgic

          SAM ETO’O,
          I must incite violence against Arabs really because they reach the extent whereby we South Sudanese can’t even control our temper and for sure, you Arabs are going to face it rough. Don’t just be stupid!

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        • 9 December 2011 12:10, by Thon Anyaar

          This is a direct quote “Khartoum quickly reversed a decision to block Juba from using its pipelines” Really, When did the pipeline became a northern property when they know most of the oil is from the South and most of the money used to built the pipeline were from the South? South Sudan should get the loan from the IMF, shutdown the pipeline and start building pipeline to different route!

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        • 9 December 2011 15:48, by $ 10,000,000

          Sorry if I was negatively speculating about the Murle attack in Bor. About the oil, South Sudan should stop the production right away so that other sectors of economy such as agriculture are mobilize. Oil production should stop for 5 years while pipeline building is underway. Construction of cities should continue but no oil.

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      • 9 December 2011 21:13, by sober

        To : Dinka Dominated SPLA/M
        Your reverent government so far has sold 40% of your land. When you be no land person .Come to your ex-masters in the north. The will sold you to your new masters in USA to cultivate their sugar cane like your ancestors long time ago . "abid"

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        • 10 December 2011 02:08, by Force 1

          Soba, first of all, compare the black American in the USA to Dinka, if you see the similarities then your comment would be relevant. You may be right if you compare them to yourselves in the north and not Southerners.

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    • 9 December 2011 08:49, by Green

      The only honest Arabs Muslim is the dead one! S.Sudan should review the pipe line and relocate to other place. It will be a problem for thasound of generation if our govt will not take differet route. Trusing this people is really scary! is better to make friendship with devil than with Arab people. They been corrupted mentally since when someone is 3 years! This religion is epedemic in our land!

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      • 9 December 2011 08:57, by Sam.Eto

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        • 9 December 2011 09:23, by Green

          @Sam!
          Racism haha! what about their action! how you compare those Mr smart man! How do you translate this word! "white settlers,current people in America and canada, they said, if they genocide of native people didnt happen, the world wouldnt be civilized" the point is that, dont compare thing that are not on the same page! So if you try to be smart, compare the thing that match!

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    • 9 December 2011 10:47, by Logic

      Damn right you’ll never close the pipeline, because its your lifeline.

      That parliament is not a national body but a partisan one, it implements whatever the NCP demands of it. We all know its workings (at least those of us with independent brain cells).

      You (NCP) know who controls you. You know they wont stand for anything less than a continued flow of oil eastwards, Act Amendment, please! lol

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    • 9 December 2011 15:17, by Baring

      We dont care who is going to direct who in the North issues. My advice to our SG CDR, Pagan Amum is that, let it be a condition to to the North to pull out of South Sudan teritory in order for you to start a negotiation. We will not dei with absent of oil money. They occupy our land it should be a condition for them.

      Thanks

      From Toronto

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    • 9 December 2011 15:46, by $ 10,000,000

      Sorry if I was negatively speculating about the Murle attack in Bor. About the oil, South Sudan should stop the production right away so that other sectors of economy such as agriculture are mobilize. Oil production should stop for 5 years while pipeline building is underway. Construction of cities should continue but no oil.

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    • 9 December 2011 15:49, by $ 10,000,000

      Sorry if I was negatively speculating about the Murle attack in Bor. About the oil, South Sudan should stop the production right away so that other sectors of economy such as agriculture are mobilize. Oil production should stop for 5 years while pipeline building is underway. Construction of cities should continue but no oil.

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    • 9 December 2011 15:49, by $ 10,000,000

      Sorry if I was negatively speculating about the Murle attack in Bor. About the oil, South Sudan should stop the production right away so that other sectors of economy such as agriculture are mobilize. Oil production should stop for 5 years while pipeline building is underway. Construction of cities should continue but no oil.

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    • 9 December 2011 16:05, by $ 10,000,000

      The attack in Bor was facilitated by George Arthur, LRA, AND ALL OTHER RENEGADE GROUPS. Arthur has decided to ship guns to Murle with the help of Bashir and the president of Eritrea. The reason Bashir applied for membership in East Africa Countries is mainly about securing the relationship of Israel and RSS. If Sudan is accepted, South should not join any such membership.

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    • 9 December 2011 16:23, by $ 10,000,000

      Actually to be fair, oil price for shipment per barrel should stand at about $ 3.00. So that Sudan will be making 3.00 X 500,000 = 1,500,000 or (1.5 millions) daily for exporting the oil apart from other charges related. So we will be estimating a 2.5 millions deduction from the 47 millions GoSS make daily. It is estimated GoSS makes 32,000,000,000 (32 billions) annually from oil sector only.

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    • 9 December 2011 16:30, by $ 10,000,000

      If GoSS makes 32 billions only from oil sectors, it should be making another 27 billions from other sectors and revenues while government businesses will amount to another 68 billions in transaction. Now 32+27+68= 127 billions US.As predicted by NGOs each persons living in South could paid $2000 US ANNUALLY for 5 years in order to defeat poverty and to rehabilitate people fro war post-traumas..con

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    • 9 December 2011 16:35, by $ 10,000,000

      Wher is all the $ 127 billions going if not only to pockets of few individuals. There are also project money designed by ministries through infrastructure channels. Where is all these monies and who is stealing if not the 13 ministers mentioned during a US intelligent and survey report which was released. Corruption alone can plunk the country into war suddenly

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    • 10 December 2011 06:21, by Aristotle

      @ China double standard policy will not work, you can not be a friend to predator and at the same friend to a prey. china is supplying sudan with weapons to occupy South Sudan where she is producing oil,in my view,oil production must stop and chinese companies contracts terminated immediately

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  • 9 December 2011 08:11, by SeekingTruth

    THEY SAY "CONFISCATE SOUTH SUDAN OIL" AND I SAY, MR. DAU SHOULD SHUT DOWN THE PRODUCTION INDEFINITELY AS HE HAD PROMISED!

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    • 9 December 2011 08:28, by Michael Angelo

      It was a poor calculation anyway by SPLM to sent a huge load of crude oil while they knew that northerners want our oil very bad to save their collapse economy. I am so sad to see Bashir humiliated us like that while our government fail to do anything about it. If president Kiir can’t manage to protect us then he must be removed and replace by someone who’ll protect us.

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    • 9 December 2011 08:32, by SeekingTruth

      AS WE ALL KNOW, SOUTH HAS ALREADY GOT OFFERED FROM SO MANY OIL COMPANIES ALL OVER THE WORLD WHO PLEDGE TO CONSTRUCT THE GOD DAMN PIPELINES THROUGH MOMBASA IN LESS THEN 2 YEARS. IT’S UNNECESSARY TO BE INTIMIDATED FOR FRAUD OTHER THAN NOTHINGNESS.

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  • 9 December 2011 08:22, by Apolloos

    I support the statement made by Dau, South Sudan should stop oil production until Mombasa pipeline is contructed. than we watch to see where Sudan will get $ 36 they claim per barrel. Nonsense!!!!!!!!

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    • 9 December 2011 10:35, by Akuma

      South Sudan officials should stop the culture of making multi-contracts on oil production and transportation. The country took a contract to build a pipeline running from Mombasa Kenya to South Sudan’s oilfields and now Total the French oil company emerged as one of the contracters who will builds pipeline through Uganda to Tanzania. What’s that people? The one going to Kenya is not yet finish, S

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      • 9 December 2011 10:40, by Akuma

        ,... Sudan is threatening us on the other side which need much effort and we’re after multiple contracts. No, I am serious no, shut down the oil production which goes to Sudan’s pipeline and let’s deal with the construction of Kenya pipelie first and later we shall implement other things. I appreciate the govt and the administration of Mayardit because he was good sailor of the boat till we reache

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        • 9 December 2011 10:42, by Akuma

          ...we reached the other side of the river. Listen to people and choose. Make a choice.

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    • 10 December 2011 03:01, by Aguj-raan

      I suggest South Sudan should pay the $36 for the next two years, until our pipeline through Mombasa is completed, as of today one barrel of crude oil= $99.99 - $36= $63.99, that mean we still profiting, and don’t forget the amount of oil North Sudan govt. sold from 1997 until 2010 is worth billions of dollars, they’ve robbed us already, let’s just be patient, good things happens to people who wait

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      • 10 December 2011 05:48, by Force 1

        Aguj-raan, before you pretend yourself as a southerner, you should first of all asked southerners how to spell a good southern name for you. Please stop it, you’re making fun of yourself! Southerners are not that stupid to believe that you’re one of them.

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  • 9 December 2011 08:26, by Jong Anthony

    South Sudan must stop using the pipelines to see who will suffer economically

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    • 9 December 2011 08:54, by Anti Dinka’s

      I my self have written many letters since 2005
      begging those in Juba to build independent oil pipe-line
      the reply i get back was NO we don’t care what so ever as long We can still buy Alcohol at Rujal Maffi, and Konyokonyo
      life is enjoyable we gonna keep it that way

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    • 9 December 2011 08:59, by Sam.Eto

      Everyone KNOWS who will suffer more !!!
      Go AHEAD I DARE YOU !
      PLEASE SOUTH SUDAN STOP THE OIL FROM CHINA
      I DARE YOU - STOP IT AND CLOSE THE PIPELINE

      NO MORE STUPID COMMENTS

      DEMAND YOUR GOVERNMENT CLOSE THE PIPELINE
      Lets see what they say ! HA HA HA HA

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      • 9 December 2011 14:12, by Thon Anyaar

        Sam.Eto, we can just get the loan from the IMF, unlike you, you have nothing but the debt you can’t pay, that’s why you still wishes for South Sudan’s 50% of its oil revenues to pay for that debt which is just a day dream. Days are numbered to shut the pipeline down, we don’t need to tell the government, the government is in process now of doing that. Just be careful with what you wish for!

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    • 9 December 2011 10:53, by Bungachier 50

      Dear Patriotic South Sudanese,

      Thank you for your positive commends. If Mr. Dau impmlements what he said, closing down the oil production, K’tuom will suffer twice:-

      1-China will not any longer be their friend
      2-Their economic situation will worsen.

      We all know that ARABS do not accept ’’DEFEAT’’, its their culture, and they must accept it 4 our case with them whether they like it or no

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  • 9 December 2011 08:44, by locdam

    I too share that decision, the production must be stopped until the construction of new pipeline.
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  • 9 December 2011 11:21, by J P Puok

    stop the production of the oil, lets open the gate of hell, many family will be called back from malaysia, NCP villa in Kuala lumpur be closed down, we have nothing to lost since ours will be short term suffering till we completed the construction of Bentiu - Juba-Mombassa pipeline. To hell with the oragoncy with North curse on them. lets wait and see !!!!

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  • 9 December 2011 11:26, by J P Puok

    this happened 48hrs to the return of Awad Aljaz to the oil ministry, this man along with Nafie, Ghazi Sallah eldin are the most devilish NCP ever had and their evil plan will have a far reaching consequencies which will be felt near and far ! I repeat S Sudan have got nothing to lost since we are already under the same situation

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  • 9 December 2011 11:46, by J P Puok

    I can’t laughing when these "honourables" authorising the oil stoppage will son fo without their lofties allowance not being pay from oil money they keep looting. time will tell.Mohamed Ali and Sam Ito will stop barking in this website because when got few SDG will not be waste on buying Zain connect or paying a cafe" to access the internet rather one will make "FATAH" instead, foxy war ill ceased

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  • 9 December 2011 11:52, by J P Puok

    I pit them ! I urged our leaders not to listen to China mediation. this pipeline was build using the very money from our oil. let them not shout as if their region was milking gold before our oil was exported! Shame on them! how was Khartoum before 1999 ! how is it then after they spent the money from our oil! how ill it be after 10 yrs from now lets wait and see unless otherwise which I doubt !

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  • 9 December 2011 11:59, by J P Puok

    I am also urging Sothernese to forget their difference and fight this holy war jointly. forget about this has done this and that, do not sing the song of corruption now but latter, but those corrupt ones, I am not condoning your vice get me right we shall fight last ! sovereignity and dignity is above all! this is touching my soul I don"t know abuot you lord hear us !

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  • 9 December 2011 12:56, by Chukudum

    This is Business unless khartoum dont want to do business with the Juba government. business is business we can turn our business to some people if khartoum doesn comply..

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    • 9 December 2011 16:08, by $ 10,000,000

      The attack in Bor was facilitated by George Arthur, LRA, AND ALL OTHER RENEGADE GROUPS. Arthur has decided to ship guns to Murle with the help of Bashir and the president of Eritrea. The reason Bashir applied for membership in East Africa Countries is mainly about securing the relationship of Israel and RSS. If Sudan is accepted, South should not join any such membership.

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  • 9 December 2011 13:36, by Lokeji

    Am with the proposal of total oil company of creating a new pipelines that runs either through kenya or tanzania.it’s the best thing to end this dotted history of arabs, if it’s the matter of time, it doesn’t matter because we have tolerated many difficult years than the coming one.After that, then we use the budget for building Ramciel for contructing a concret wall in our borders with sudan.

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  • 9 December 2011 13:46, by Lokeji

    President Kiir have to bring this chapter into an end, bcause we are already fed-up of this noisy neighbour. We have nothing to give him, let him go to hell with his pipelines or fill them with water to his people in dry place like norther kordofan.

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  • 9 December 2011 14:01, by Lang

    They want to steal our oil fine and we build dams, MANY dams.

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    • 9 December 2011 15:45, by Paul

      Lang,
      I agree with you hundred percent. If that heart of yours was given to this idiot call salva kiir, North Sudan would suffer a great deal! I am so disappointed beyond measures. Up to now there is no word from the top guy about the Northern aggression. Damn it! Money sure corrupt worriors.

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  • 9 December 2011 17:11, by Cobra Bior

    Every times, they are in our way, using oil export as punishment for anything they believe is a wrong doing. how many time since indenpend these criminals in the NCP stopped our exporting oil? our leaders need to hurry up and find some ways to stop using their pipline overall. you cant share with enemies. watch their doom day is coming. we will be free when they all gone to middle east period.

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  • 9 December 2011 20:09, by Matiop Panchol

    To the treacherous crooks in the NCP: you have been weighed, you have been tested and your tricks are discovered. So turn away from fruitless and self-destructive tactics and follow the way of truth. The futility of your trick is self evident: now South Sudan is independent, standing tall and strong, and no kind of sobatage will ever bring it down.

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  • 9 December 2011 20:13, by Matiop Panchol

    The rebels you sponsor in the South will soon realize your bad intentions and they will come back to rebuild their country. However, you will never silence the oppressed people in the North. So, it is in your best interest to seek good friendship with the South, instead of playing games.

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  • 10 December 2011 02:59, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    GOSS should stopped pumping oil through North and short off the production untill the full liberation is the for whole Sudan. Or build pipe line back to Kenya or Ugangda.
    Drinking all day in juba give them short memories of what they will do tommorrow. They should not thing of tomorrow.
    African liberation fighter for every African get invaded by Arab settlers in Sudan. Give bashier A damned hot

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  • 10 December 2011 08:33, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    The best solution to this headache is to shut down oil flowing to Port Sudan. The South Sudan - Kenya pipeline project should be sped up to counter the Arab madness. They still believe in exploitation of the resources of South Sudan. To them, they should now know that time is long gone for that stupidity.

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