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South Sudan issues legal notice over “stolen” oil

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By Julius N. Uma

February 17, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s Justice Ministry has issued an international legal notice threatening consequences against potential buyers of oil it says was “stolen” by neighbouring Sudan, a government spokesperson told reporters on Friday.

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South Sudan’s Media Minister Barnaba Benjamin Marial (REUTERS)

Barnaba Benjamin Marial, South Sudan’s official spokesperson and information minister, said the notice was issued through the country’s international legal consultants after the ministry of petroleum and mining asked the justice ministry to track the country’s seized crude.

“As you know, when someone steals your property, there is usually a legal way to halt that process and what the government of South Sudan has done through its justice ministry is to issue an international legal notice saying its oil has been stolen and is now on the international market,” Marial told reporters in Juba, South Sudan’s capital.

South Sudan has suspended oil production in response to Khartoum’s sequestration of its oil in a bitter dispute over the fees to transport Southern oil via Sudan.

Talks between the two sides have been unsuccessful as the gap remained wide between the fees demanded by Khartoum and what the South is offering.

Khartoum has demanded $36 per every barrel passing through its pipelines, but Juba says it is not willing to pay more than $1 per barrel in accordance with what it says are international standards.

Marial said the government is prepared, in accordance with the international laws, to take legal actions against anyone found to have purchased its crude oil.

South Sudan on Thursday warned Chinese oil companies operating in the
country that they could face the possibility of expulsion, if it is proven that they are complicit in “stealing” the country’s oil.

The South Sudanese minister further revealed that an investigation committee would be formed to investigate whether oil companies have been collaborating with Sudan to confiscate oil belonging to South Sudan.

“These companies will face serious legal steps, once it’s proven through an investigation committee that these companies collaborate with Khartoum to confiscate oil,” he said.

In a related development, Marial said the council of ministers had given the finance minister “the green light” to take loans for development, including borrowing from other countries or financial institutions.

“Every country borrows money. If the United States and Britain can borrow money, then why can’t we also borrow?” he asked.

The oil dispute between Sudan and South Sudan means that both countries will have no access to the commodity which represents the lifeline to their economies. Oil revenues account for over 98% of South Sudan’s annual budget.

The two sides were evenly splitting daily oil proceeds of 500,000 barrels since 2005 and until South Sudan seceded to form an independent state in July last year, taking with it 75 percent of the production.

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  • 18 February 2012 08:43, by Anynya One

    This case alone will definitely bring Omar al-Bashir to be judged by the international court. Moreover, it brings hidden stories back to live, genocide will therefore be considered where ICC will never hesitate arresting Omar al-Bashir.

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    • 18 February 2012 09:14, by SeekingTruth

      ANY LIVING CREATURE WHO WAS RULING OUT LEGAL ACTIONS AGAINST KHARTOUM OVER OIL CONFISCATION MUST BE DUMB! THANKS TO THE SOUTH GOV’T IF ITS HAS ALREADY COMMENCED THE PROCESSES.

      FREEZE THE OIL AND LET IT REMAINED UNDERGROUND FOR NOW AND GO SHOP AROUND FOR SURVIVAL AS MR. MARIAL PUT IT, " EVERY GOV’T BORROW WHY NOT US"! EVEN SUDAN ITSELF HAS $ BILLIONS DEBTS. WHY IS IT A BIG DEAL FOR SOUTHERNERS?

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    • 18 February 2012 09:46, by Robot

      Fulfillment is the only thing required.

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    • 18 February 2012 15:00, by morogot batal

      SIR. SALFA KIRR.

      THE STILLING OF OUR OIL IS ENOUGH EVIDENCE.WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AFTER INTERNATIONAL BODY,TO DO WHAT ? INCLUDING AU.WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO KHARTOUM OF KILLING HUMAN LIVES,RAPING,GENOCIDE ETC.

      JUST GIVE US ORDER TO SHOOT KHARTOUM.KHARTOUM DESERVE ALL BRUTAL ACT AS A RESULT OF THEFT, AGRESSION,BOMBARDING OUR TERITORY.WE NEED NO MOREE POLITICAL DEAL............

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  • 18 February 2012 08:55, by backtoschool

    this must include ICC case of stealing our oil,making genocide again humanity and mast-grape both South Sudan in Juba 1992 and in Darfur also within Khartoum against Southern.

    why one person is conducting all this thing and people are keeping quite even oppositions within Government of north.
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 18 February 2012 09:34, by mohammed ali

    You have stopped your production, so what is the problem now?!I donnot know how you can prove that Sudan had " stolen" your oil.Certainly any country can borrow money, but he has to give very credible guarantees.Am not sure you could give such guarantees, since you are not going to produce oil any time soon.

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    • 18 February 2012 10:45, by Moluddit Demalou

      Hi Mohammed Ali

      Don’t be scared what had happen to your economy,it is just a beginning to the falling of NCP for good.U r claiming that South is corrupted meanwhile you left the log on eyes.We South Sudanese are really African and black as the name concern.What about you Salt sellers of Arab,whose name in the continent are going to called yoursel.

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    • 18 February 2012 18:48, by Force 1

      The noose is getting tight on NCP turtleneck and nothing is getting more fun than that!

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      • 19 February 2012 06:44, by zulu

        Force One,
        Well articulated. Indeed, the NCP is leery and the quagmire has started as pretyy soon, through the power of one man, the regime will collapse as it happened in tunisia, Egypt, Libya and now Sudan

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  • 18 February 2012 13:44, by Tambura

    I said it before, why government of south Sudan want to stress themselves with wanted criminal ICC couldn t catch him for many years? Talking about him is wasting of time even. We shutdown our oil let us wait and see, stolen oil will finish soon. No oil to go through northern pipeline if they will pay for stolen Oil.

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    • 20 February 2012 00:12, by Elijah B. Elkan

      Mr. Tambura,

      You are extremely naive, talking about Bashir is not waste of time but to reinforce the fact that he is the most wanted criminal in the world. Do you know what a paper trails means?. Khartoum is planing to invade south Sudan by all means. You need to read between the line carefully before you make simple minded comments.

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