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AU urges Sudan & South Sudan to reverse unilateral actions over oil

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January 23, 2012 (ADDIS ABABA) – The African Union (AU) has voiced alarm over the dangerous brinkmanship between Sudan and South Sudan over their oil dispute, urging the recently-separated countries to refrain from unilateral actions.

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Chairperson of the AU Commission Jean Ping (Sudan Views)

Sudan and South Sudan have been deadlocked in a dispute over the fees that the landlocked South should pay to use Khartoum’s pipeline infrastructure to bring its oil to Sudan’s main Red Sea outlet in Port Sudan.

Khartoum, citing Juba’s failure to pay transit fees since the South seceded in July, confiscated and diverted South Sudan’s oil to its refineries, prompting the latter to accuse it of stealing.

As talks between the two sides under the mediation of the AU High Level Panel (AHUIP) led by former South African President Thabo Mbeki in the Ethiopian capital Addais Ababa stalled last week, South Sudan decided to halt oil production in response to Khartoum’s unilateral action.

In a statement issued on Monday, the chairperson of the AU commission, Jean Ping, said he was “gravely concerned” by recent developments which he said brought the relations between Juba and Khartoum to “the point of breakdown”.

The statement warned that the current events threaten to destroy the possibility of “achieving the agreed goal of two viable states, friendly and mutually supportive”.

“These reciprocal unilateral measures threaten grave damage to the economic prospects of both countries and relations between them” the statement added.

However, the AU expressed confidence that the proposals put forward by Mbeki’s panel can bridge the differences between Sudan and South Sudan, noting that these proposals enjoy support from China, the biggest investor in the two countries’ oil sectors, and other members of the international community including the US.

Ping urged Sudan and South Sudan to refrain from “unilateral actions with immediate effect” and remain at the negotiation table until an agreement on oil and other financial issues is reached.

“Such an agreement will be beneficial to the Governments and citizens of South Sudan and Sudan and to the region,” the statement concluded.

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  • 24 January 2012 07:57, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

    instead of telling the truth who is wrong about this issue, if the south is wrong, why don’t you tell them, if the north as thief is wrong, why don’t you tell them,
    What a groups of cowardice continent?
    they don’t know how to solve things but talk shit like babies, shame on them

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    • 24 January 2012 08:12, by LL Reuben

      The DO Nothing AU bunch should not be given an ear, whatsoever, for they have fail to negotiate any meaningful deal between South and North Sudan. Ever since, from border demarcation, Abyei and the current oil fees disputes, they should just shut up and lie low-key I hate to say this but AU is present by it names no action or if any they’ve ever taken, it always has failure written on it.

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      • 24 January 2012 13:05, by Agutran

        African Union should know that South Sudan cannot be push around to do what they don’t intend to do! We fought the war of liberation to be free and do whatever we want!

        African Union should be telling Sudan to return 1.4 million barrels of stolen oil to South Sudan if they’re there as a union with common sense!

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    • 24 January 2012 08:32, by Lorolokin

      Ping Pong ,

      You are the couse of all this mess because you siding with El-basher against ICC . Basher is bribing you always with the looted money from our oil , you think Southerners don,t know these games ? we know , but be informed that what started will come to an end so your time will come likewise Basher , is just a matter of one of the days in the calender.

      Kinkak.

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      • 24 January 2012 11:30, by Lorolokin

        By the way where is the so called jallaby Abo jallabia , Mohammed Ali and the likes.soon you will vomit your fieces ,mark my tongue!

        Kinkak

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    • 24 January 2012 09:56, by SeekingTruth

      PONG AND HIS ENTIRE CREW IS A JOKE IN AFRICA CONTINENT. IF THESE GUYS WANTED TO RESOLVE THIS ISSUE THEY SHOULD HAVE CALLED ON KHARTOUM EARLIER TO STOP ITS UNILATERAL MOVE CONFISCATING SOUTH OIL. NOW,DOES PONG THINKS HE IS MAKING ANY SENSE BY MAKING SIMPLE NOISES? WHY NOW AFTER THE SOUTH HAD ITS DECISION AFTER MONTHS OF STEALING? NAIVETE IS A FORM OF ABUSING UR OFFICE MR. CHAIRMAN!

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      • 24 January 2012 10:02, by SeekingTruth

        I WISH SOUTH GOV’T STAND FIRM BY ITS DECISION WHETHER BE IT AU PROPOSAL OR WHATEVER. BUILDING NEW PIPE LINES IS A VIABLE SOUNDFUL DECISON EVER FOR SOUTHERNERS. LET THEM USE THEIR PIPE LINES TO TRANSPORT NILE WATER.

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    • 24 January 2012 13:43, by John Bang

      Instead of saying who is wrong,we are a nation were we don’t need any advice from the foreigners Counrties, if Arabs still does not know our rights, we will not vow down under their knees for begging our rights.
      This is the right time Mr. President and Vice President, to depend our nation either through fighting nor table negotiation with damn Arabs. BRAVO Salva Kiir!!!

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    • 24 January 2012 13:44, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      AU,YOU HAVE FAIL IN SOLVING THIS CASE SINCE IT WAS NOT AT THIS STAGE,NO MORE ROOM THE CITICENS OF THE SOUTH SUDAN HAS ALREADY TAKEN DISSION,FOLLOWING THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS AGREEMENT ON.LET US TO SUFFER NO WORRY OF THAT,SINCE KHARTOUM WANT BE THE MASTER OF OIL IN SOUTH SUDAN WHERE THERE IS NO ANY INFRANSTRUCTURE STILL.

      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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    • 24 January 2012 14:26, by Ruach

      The so called AU is doing nothing in the World with the prostitute lady called Hidle Johnson in South Sudan.

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    • 24 January 2012 16:02, by Tamongali

      believe me forum members, AU would haven’t issued such an statement unless it is being supported by the western world((read the article carefully once again)

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  • 24 January 2012 08:14, by Chukudum

    This is the same jien Ping who said he would not love to see Sudan separated into two, very bad that he couldnt talk on behave of the new emerging nation instead he support thieves, what kind of African leaders do we have in this continent supporting and talking on behalf of thieves? Ooh God, he should have press Khartoum to pay back our stolen oil than opening his rotten tongue and support Arabs.

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  • 24 January 2012 08:15, by Sudan virus

    Time for corrupt African leaders to be bribed by Khartoum’s Sudan against the brilliant decision of the south Sudanese!

    Never again.....

    Enough is enough.

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  • 24 January 2012 08:23, by Mathondit e Muony e jurmathiang

    I think Kiir and people of South Sudan would be utterly stupid to listen to these Arab wannabes. This guy, called Ping, has been against our independence since day one, and now he is at it again. What a foolish son of bitch!

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  • 24 January 2012 08:34, by Majak Mawien

    Never!never! for negotiation untill Khartoum accept the normal cost. AU can put pressure on Khartoum to follow international norms.

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  • 24 January 2012 08:57, by Daniel Buolmawei

    "noting that these proposals enjoy support from China, the biggest investor in the two countries’ oil sectors, and other members of the international community including the US."

    Very stupid. Who said that whatever enjoyed by China related to our interests as south Sudanese? I am always critical of this organization "African Union and guys look at me as anti-something, but I am really of AU.

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    • 24 January 2012 09:10, by Lang

      They union is useless, if they cannot even solve the problems of african countries before we joined I don’t see how the hell can they possibly solve the deep problems between south sudan and sudan. I will be shocked if they can really.

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  • 24 January 2012 09:50, by Martin Kat

    Please AU get away, you do always batryers African people in general particular the people of S. Sudan since Au was formed you does nothing for African people. Once again please AU receive your money from Bashir and keep ongoing to your home, leave us alone.

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  • 24 January 2012 11:00, by Letigolight

    The Au has never been helpful; they resolved not to back the ICC ruling on Bashir, they are calling on Juba to exercise restraint when Khartoum is stealing South Sudan’s property. The call for restraint by Jin Ping is un warranted because oil is clearly being looted, do we have to let it go? it has always been the united States and will continue to be South Sudan’s trusted ally, not AU.

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