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January 2, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The president of South Sudan Salva Kiir accused the Sudanese government of stealing his country’s oil in a new sign of escalation between the two ex-foes.

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President of South Sudan Salva Kiir (AFP)

In his New Year message to the people of South Sudan, Kiir said that Sudan was taking South Sudan’s oil without permission but provided no details.

Kiir described this as ’looting in a broad day light’ in his message which was published on the website of the South Sudanese government.

A source close to South Sudanese government told the Sudan Tribune that Khartoum had stolen 1.2 million barrels of oil from the pipelines and diverted it to the refineries in al-Obeid, North Kordofan and al-Gailey, north Khartoum. South Sudan may soon take the decision to stop pumping oil, the source added.

The two neighboring nations are set to enter a new round of negotiations regarding oil this month. It is hoped that the new round of talks will bring both sides closer to a settlement of the long-standing dispute relating to the fees paid by landlocked South Sudan for the use of pipelines owned by Sudan. The pipelines are used to transport oil to export terminals in the coastal city of Port Sudan.

The African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) chaired by former South African president Thabo Mbeki had previously tabled proposals which were rejected by both sides.

The AUHIP’s previous proposal outlined a compromise which would require South Sudan to pay Khartoum an annual percentage of its oil exports. However this proposal failed when Sudan rejected the South Sudan’s offer of US$5.4 billion per year, and instead demanded US$7.4 billion.

Sudan is desperate for an accord to be sealed with its southern neighbor because it is undergoing a severe economic crisis after losing 75% of its oil reserves when South Sudan succeeded in July 2011.

Kiir said that his country had "made substantial offers that would improve the economic and financial gaps of the Republic of Sudan in the spirit of Comprehensive Peace Agreement and to ensure mutual viability of the two states as a good gesture”.

He warned Khartoum that its ’hostile attitude’ should stop, adding that Juba will continue with diplomatic avenues to address the outstanding issues between the two nations.

The two countries have recently exchanged accusations regarding support for rebels who are fighting the respective governments. Sudan has lodged three complaints with the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) against South Sudan in this regard.

China, which has the largest stake in South Sudan’s oil, urged both countries to settle their disagreements through negotiations, while cautioning Khartoum against disrupting the flow of oil as it has threatened before.

Sudan has also warned that it will take a portion of the oil pumped by the South Sudan as a form of payment if negotiations fail.

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  • 2 January 2012 22:04, by Jamjamez

    This is a lesson to you all money grabbers! instead of building your own refinery within South Sudan, you depend on North Sudan yet knowing that they are our enemy NO.1. what did you thing they will do? Stop the corruption but your ministers, buy weapons to protect/defend, build refinery and manufacturing. Makes things on your own!

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    • 2 January 2012 23:28, by watchdog-alanilson

      What a weak government, accusation without any actions is a sign of coward acts. for how long will the South sudan depend on international support? Kill and his administration must take measure including deloyment of military forces along the boader. Where there is no leader there is loose of national resources. I wish Garang was a live.

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      • 3 January 2012 01:23, by mosa mel

        I agree with some people who say complain without action. it is actually true that the govt of South Sudan always complaining without proper action taken. the governemt is lacking of monitoring the Khartoum activities. who do you guy think should look for South Sudan proprties? The minister of oil & mining is just siting in Juba drink beer runing after women without know what is going on Khartoum.

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        • 3 January 2012 01:42, by green2

          These minsters in S.Sudan act like high school students. They all used the old school syystem, assuumption,things are okay without an assessement, and accountabilties of the past and current. Same thing, like problem going on now in jongeli state, they used to assume, it’s going to be okay! Education is meaningless in Africa! these minsters claim higher education, but at work, they perform poorly!

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        • 3 January 2012 05:59, by George Bol

          How and why the loot in the day light without South Sudanese? Why the South Sudan do not employ South Sudanese? who are the one pumping the oil? The North or the South? and why are we still have North Sudan people exploring our resources? Can our government guide our oil being pump because we have been paying the transportation cost?. I have seen this as irresponsibility of our country.south sudan

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    • 3 January 2012 06:55, by Nyachebe

      Dear South Sudanese;

      President Salva Kiir and his thugs in Juba robbed us once again 1.2 millions of crude barrels, and shamefully blamed the north for the cover up. Simple algebra is: 1, 200, 000*$100/barel= $1, 200, 000,000 (One billion and two hundred millions dollars) looted by Juba. Please Kiir stop barking while knowing where the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ has gone. The t

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      • 3 January 2012 06:56, by Nyachebe

        The truth to argue is how come the Khartoum does that, and if indeed they did it, where are our people accounting and monitoring the daily production? Pathetic! And don’t tell me they were caught prostituting and drinking Shagaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa at Juba.

        God the almighty is watching at you Mr. President, hence you let us down big time!

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    • 3 January 2012 06:57, by mediing mut

      Salve,his mind set on oil only
      Mr. president your mind on the oil only instead to protect life of people. Arab has been invading civilians in Southern sudan and you never says a word. now because of oil case you open your big mouth. Wake up now mr. Big hat, before people of Southern sudan take action against your failure leadership.you know you fail fore every things , buiding country.

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    • 3 January 2012 09:31, by Ayuen deng

      How did it happen?then the company which facilitate should pay that oil or be sue to pay.

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      • 3 January 2012 14:23, by Pure Nationalist

        Good citizen, you have put it right, the responsible company which is still dealing with Khatoum should be held accountable, but some of the companies are refusing to come to S Sudan and Khartoum is still managing the oil through its agencies who are now bribbing those who could be responsible for relocation of headquarters of companies to S Sudan.

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        • 3 January 2012 14:29, by Pure Nationalist

          Leave alone that, they are not paying some S Sudanese engineers good moeney, as a result some of the S Sudanese engineers are resigning.

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    • 3 January 2012 10:08, by International Community

      He says: "South Sudan may soon take the decision to stop pumping oil".

      Is this a threat or some kind of a New Year’s joke?

      OK, go ahead and do it. That will be the end of you in office, for your hungry generals will eat you alive over their salaries.

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  • 2 January 2012 22:05, by marie

    The president is much concern about the oil and the money while the country is falling into deep chaos. Stop the flow of the oil since nobody benefits from it except the few in the government while the major are suffering. Those in the government have accumulated enough wealth to last them for generations, even without the oil we would still survive. Shame on the government of RSS for betrayal.

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    • 3 January 2012 04:02, by green2

      @marie
      Educated yourself about corruption! corruption is systematic in every govt on earth. s.sudan govt shouldnt ease their oil because of corruption, it is irrational. corrption is a changable thing, throgh system by building it. If you’r in the western world, go to the mall n banks, u’ll see lot of cameras. what does it mean? its building of the system, n they werent built in one year or decad

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  • 2 January 2012 22:08, by alhaz

    Oil stolen
    I am realy sorry and asheme of what the Republic of sudan Government was doing. how can the so called strong goverment involve it self in stealing our natural resourses
    shame on u the republic of Sudan, u better ask and u are allowed,knock and it’s open for u, and ask such that u are given rather than stealing.shame on Sudanese people

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    • 2 January 2012 23:10, by never

      Mr hnr, our oil is our economic sources. so please stop silliness.

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      • 2 January 2012 23:15, by never

        sorry Mr. hnr. i was trying to respond to MARIE. thank

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      • 3 January 2012 00:01, by Agutran

        Northerners keep saying South Sudan offer them $ 5.4 billion annually and they rejected it! Really?

        During six years of oil sharing, how much money South Sudan was getting annually as part of their 50% share? It was at least a billion dollar or less annually!

        Now what make northerners believed South Sudan is going to be that highly irrational to offer them $ 5.4 billion annually?

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        • 3 January 2012 00:03, by Agutran

          South Sudan began to realized now that they have been cheated for tens of billions of dollars annually ever since the oil sharing started.

          For now, what the thieves have stolen is gone, let’s contain what is left and get control of it.

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      • 3 January 2012 02:24, by Hardball

        First of all, South Sudan need to contained the oil that’s going underground all over the cities in Sudan. The question of how to market the oil is something that will be discuss later.

        There are clowns here who claimed they offer South Sudan to pay Sudan $ 10 billion annually! if not 7.5 billion dollars will be okay for them. Here is news flash for them, it’s all a wishfull thinking, they’re not going to get any deal, that’s why they’re stealing as much oil as they can.

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    • 2 January 2012 23:41, by Force 1

      Mr. President, you can not just say the oil is being stolen, it’s clear that they are stealing the oil! what’s your plan to stop it? First option is cut off the supply, shutdown the pipeline, it’s as simple as that and from that point the other options will be to discuss at ease what the next plan will be.

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  • 2 January 2012 22:45, by Elijah B. Elkan

    Mr. President, north Sudan is an evil nation. Their Islamic religion it says to lie to none Muslims and it’s okay by Allah. These fake Arabs have been stealing from South Sudan for a long time. The pipe line was build by south Sudan resources. South Sudan need to teach north Sudan a lesson once and for all and it’s mean shutting off the oil supply. These inbred fake Arabs will be punish by Allah.

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  • 2 January 2012 22:58, by never

    s. Sudan president is sleeping in Juba while the north Sudan is invading the areas and stealing the oil at the same from southerners. and you are telling us that you just know it today, where were you Mr. president? Bashire has been taking oil seen by the time he took over abyei since than, you are telling us that you do not know what the hell going on. a shame on you big boy.

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    • 2 January 2012 23:36, by AUGUSTINO DENG

      Mr Never,
      Ido agree with you my dear.Salva Kiir Miyardit is very stunted in mind and seem like he don’t know anything.If Arabs liberated all the borders and Salva Kiir Miyardit is running his mouth about corruption in the South,what do you think can prevent Arabs from stealing the oil? Salva Kiir don’t even talk about the border like Abyei,Ruweng territory of Biemnom,and Jau territory of Panriang

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  • 2 January 2012 23:27, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    Salva Kiir,
    Would you please stop complaining for no reason on oil being steal by the Northern Sudan? This is not the first time for the Northern Sudan to take the oil from Southern Sudan.Omar Bashir is a very cunning leader not like you who always sit on the Sofa seat in Juba and count dollars.Mr Salva Kiir Miyardit you are very lucky to be a president of Southern Sudan otherwise you are nothing

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  • 3 January 2012 00:48, by mohammed ali

    Sudan Tribune, Sudan is asking for $ 10 billions, SS government offered $ 5.4 billions , AU & IMF PROPOSED $ 7.4 Billions Sudan accepted that!

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    • 3 January 2012 02:01, by green2

      What do the govt of khartoum have in SS to demand 7bn? there is gold and others resouurces in n.sudan what percent do the s.sudan will get? or is it we are buying normality? matter of time but after 10 years, s.sudan will have different faces!fake arabs, who sold their inhertage to buy dirty religiou from Arabs.there is no stability and unless bashir and his boys are disappear in political spectru

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    • 3 January 2012 02:04, by pabaak

      Mahomed Ali, what $10b for? even $ 5.4 b offer will not be given to crooks of NCP, only be released when marginalizes size the power in Khartoum, you already steal enough since 2005.

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    • 3 January 2012 02:41, by P.K.M

      Ali, why are you shy to indicate whether or not $ 10 billion you’re asking is an annual request?

      If you mean an annual request, then how much money were you giving South Sudan as part of their 50% oil sharing yearly over the last six years?

      You see, why are you people still arrogantly believe Southerners are that unreasonable?

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      • 3 January 2012 07:18, by mohammed ali

        PKK,most of the people here are parking for nothing? Your question is right. The answer is quite simple.The deal is for four years and not annualy,as a contribution to the initial investment.The principle is supportted by the AU and the IMF , the difference is about the amount 10,7, or 5!You see still you talk out of emotions and not principles!

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        • 3 January 2012 08:34, by athor deng

          Mo..The bottom line is, the oil belongs to SS and that’s it...We make the deal and if yall dont want then its ur loss..We can biuld our own pipeline to Kenya, it will take years and we can live without oil..The southerns are not living off the oil money anyways so why not build a pipeline right now ya junubin?

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    • 3 January 2012 07:18, by Daniel Buolmawei

      So Mohammed, your government resorted to stealing and robbing as the only means for survive, right?

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      • 3 January 2012 20:47, by mohammed ali

        Daniel,do you excpepectboil to go for free for more than 7 months and the GoS will just keep quite? They said it clearly that they will take their dues if an agreement is not reaced.For how long do you want the oil to go for free?Are you afrid that you wont get your share from the looooted money in Austrelia

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  • 3 January 2012 00:49, by green2

    S.Sudanese would have known better! Arabs are not honestt people. theyy are not even honest to themeslve leave alone when it comes between two nation-state! S. suudan should build new pipeline tthrough eastt Africa countries! this activities of stealing will not stop, Arabs are not honest! Seem another alternative pipleline. use money to get money! they think we are not educated,please be well inf

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  • 3 January 2012 01:29, by Manyang

    You are too weak mr president. You always react to situation rather than predicting eventualities. You will be known as a president who is good at complaining and naive in making decisions of national important. NCP has learnt your weak points and it will continue to hit you on those weak points. You are an embrassment mr president. How dare you complaint about the oil being stolen by NCP thugs.

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  • 3 January 2012 01:33, by mosa mel

    Khartoum govt has been given S Sudan 25% for 6 years while the deal was 50%. The Question is, where are been? The Khartoum govt has been take Abeyi oil question from South Sudan govt.

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  • 3 January 2012 04:43, by athor deng

    you people are forgetting when Nuer Lou went and killed hundreds of Murles..We should have a law where every citizen is not a allowed to own a gun, period as that..Murle and Lou Elders should talk to their youth and give up all their weapons...Spla is not even handling the situation right and you people on this site should not support the killing of innocent civilians..

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    • 3 January 2012 05:12, by green2

      @ Athor.
      it is not about disarment or failure to convenience Lou yoth.this conflict is waging by murle for years. all communities in Jongeli have try and they set with murle for peace, but they dont want peace. peace is two ways! murle r aggressive ppl, you cant continue abduction of humans, and you think, ppl around you will be happy! lou went to their land for revenge. murle have to accept peac

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      • 3 January 2012 07:56, by athor deng

        Mr Green..I do agree with you but the citizens should never take the law into their own hands..Lets the Bor and Lou community put the government in the picture too..Lets the government deal with it..Spla should do their investigation and find out who is behind the child abduction, who is committing crimes and put the criminals behind bars...Avenging, will never bring the enemies together..

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  • 3 January 2012 05:08, by Lang

    And of course our weak leader will do nothing about it.

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  • 3 January 2012 05:27, by Isme

    Several questions to President of S Sudan:
    Greed:
    What is wrong with wanting money?
    What happens to the greedy?
    Greed is excessive desire to possess more than what one truly needs or more thant what others may have.
    Saying a bad words or insulting you or your whole Adminstration will charge nothing in you or people like you. May God judge fairly.

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  • 3 January 2012 07:16, by Daniel Buolmawei

    That what I knew. Khartoum would resort to stealing. Robbery has been their practice since the beginning of Sudanese state. I don’t they will survive through because we will soon close these deceptive ways of steaking and robbing resources of South Sudanese.

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  • 3 January 2012 07:46, by wad balad

    Dear Salva kiir,

    Sudan has informed u that we will be taking our fair share of the oil as long as it is transported through our piplines and refined in our refinaries. Dnt trouble yourself with the maths, we will inform u in good faith when we decide to take our share.
    The reason ur not getting ur usual paycheck is becuz ur oil output has declined since our engineers left the south.
    Do ur HW plz

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    • 3 January 2012 11:06, by Lang

      Look at all of these proud north Sudanese criminals. It’s in their nature to be thieves and terrorist.

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  • 3 January 2012 09:29, by Martin Kat

    Government of South Sudan please shutdown the S. Sudan oil instead foriegn country gain alot of benefit on our oil while we are starving due to government has been neglected on our resources to be looted by another country.

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    • 3 January 2012 10:15, by International Community

      He says, " South Sudan may soon take the decision to stop pumping oil".

      Is this a threat or some kind of a New Year’s joke?

      Go ahead and closed it, and see where you will find yourself with your hungry good for nothing SPLA generals. They will just eat you alive for drying their source of looting.

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  • 3 January 2012 10:27, by E. Defense Forces

    We Sudanese are funny both north and south.
    I think we still love each.

    Viva South Sudan!!
    Viva Sudan

    we will united in 9090

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  • 3 January 2012 10:30, by E. Defense Forces

    Do we get oil? damn! someone should have tell me.

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  • 3 January 2012 11:10, by Lang

    Look at these fake Arabs who support extortion and thieves. There is no difference between them and Somali pirates.

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  • 3 January 2012 11:21, by wad balad

    If the kir decides to stop pumping oil then the SPLA will start looting cattle too. Just dont think of using sudan ports for export please.

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  • 3 January 2012 11:59, by abdullah

    You South Sudanese the bashir regime is Looting your oils, but for us here in North Sudan is worst,they are Looting our freedom and rights here in Sudan, we are suffering under this NCP dictatorship.The regime of thieves and wanted ICC criminals.

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  • 3 January 2012 13:02, by Lang

    If they steal our oil once, these proud criminals will do it again. It’s time for this weak leader Kiir to stop crying and take action.

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  • 3 January 2012 14:08, by Konan

    Mr. President, the priority of every Govt. on earth is to protect its citizens, please question yourself are you doing so? Two tribes fighting over cows and revenge, more than 50,000 people fled their homes and living in the jungle facing death, starvation and diseases and you are trying to divert peoples’ attention towards an imaginary enemy. Protect your people first then oil.

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    • 3 January 2012 14:22, by Konan

      Sudan Govt. has made it clear they will charge the fee that they deem fair and once an agreement is reached between the two countries this account will be settled accordingly, negotiation between our two countries proved to be useless and with no avail and we cannot wait forever to get our dues. I challenge your ability to stop oil pumping.

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    • 3 January 2012 16:25, by P.K.M

      Konan, don’t you also know the priority of any government is to secure and protect its resources? I hope you have had enough of what you stole, if not, then it’s too bad, why? because you have ran out of time!

      you seems to be a self proclaimed government of South Sudan adviser, we appreciate you telling us what to do first and what to do last, but no thanks, we know what we are doing.

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      • 3 January 2012 16:43, by Konan

        B.K.M

        Priority should be given to human beings not resources because the most important resource for any country is its people not oil. Stolen oil (as u assumed) sooner or later will be redeemed but lives cannot. It is amazing that your president forgets all his problems and has time to talk about Khartoum. As everybody knows aggrieved country may approach international courts.

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        • 3 January 2012 16:45, by Konan

          Sorry I mean P.K.M
          i.e. raising this issue now is worthless and aims at diversion of attention of South Sudan population towards the only and favorite imaginary enemy of Juba. Unfortunately this is always payback with naïve people like u guys.

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        • 3 January 2012 17:50, by P.K.M

          Konan, we appreciate your concern of the over the people of South Sudan, that’s nice of you, but aren’t you suppose to be concern of the crises that are going on in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue-Nile?

          Why is that it’s so easy for you point out a small dirt in someone else backyard while ignoring a hugh mess in your own house? please clean your house first, after that, you’ll be seen reseasonable to point out something wrong in someone else house.

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          • 3 January 2012 17:54, by P.K.M

            Konan, we appreciate your concern of the over the people of South Sudan that’s nice of you, but aren’t you suppose to be concern of the crises that are going on in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue-Nile?

            Why is it that it’s so easy for you point out a small dirt in someone else backyard while ignoring a hugh mess in your own house? please clean your house first, after that, you’ll be seen reseasonable to point out something wrong in someone else house.

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            • 3 January 2012 19:49, by P.K.M

              Konan, we appreciate your concern over the people of South Sudan that’s nice of you, but aren’t you suppose to be concern of the crises that are going on in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue-Nile?

              Why is it that it’s so easy for you point out a small dirt in someone else backyard while ignoring a hugh mess in your own house? please clean your house first, after that, you’ll be seen reseasonable to point out something wrong in someone else house.

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  • 3 January 2012 17:49, by E. Defense Forces

    My follow south Sudanese,it sad to see we are quick to blame North while the real thieves are in Juba (Mr Kirr and company which is SPLA/M).

    Charity begins at home.

    Republic of Equatoria Oyee!!
    Kokora Oyee!!
    Murle Viva
    Down down SPLA/M system

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  • 4 January 2012 04:24, by Alemin

    Both governments are so consumes in the business of pointing fingers at each other that they forgot their role as leaders. Up north you have an opressive government to have been decieving his citizens in the name of Allah for years and they continue to do so. Down south we have a government that seems obliviouse to the suffering of the people and the high cost of living. Make me sick!!!

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  • 4 January 2012 04:55, by ILoveSudan

    Well..Did he mention any proof that the North is stealing?
    Did he mention if the North have rights in the oil pumped that have not been paid? Was it stealing or taking right in kind? Let us be honest here. The Nort, who some of you describe as number one enemy and evil by others is the one who explored developed produced what you now claim to be your oil. People in the North have rights you know.

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  • 28 July 2012 18:58, by danaray79

    Truly impressive and nice information. Thanks for sharing. Essay Writing.

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