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Sudan’s VP Taha rules out quick return to negotiations with south, reveals Heglig damage


April 21, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese First Vice President Ali Osman Taha suggested that negotiations with South Sudan are pointless and attached certain conditions for that to happen.

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Sudanese Vice President Ali Osman Taha (C) and Defence Minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein (R) visit a soldier, who was wounded in recent clashes with South Sudanese forces in the state of South Kordofan, at a military hospital in the capital Khartoum on April 13, 2012 (AFP)

In an interview with Blue Nile TV, Taha also accused Juba of launching economic war on Sudan and gave the example of last week’s attack on the oil-rich region of Heglig by South Sudan’s army (SPLA). The latter occupied it for ten days before Khartoum’s army managed to take it back on Friday.

South Sudanese officials insist that they withdrew voluntarily upon direct orders from President Salva Kiir.

The Sudanese VP claimed that the SPLA damaged the operating system software of Heglig oil facilities and set the main controls of the plants on fire. The details and scope of the destruction will be revealed in the coming hours, he added.

Sudan state TV aired footage from inside Heglig showing major destruction in the town while oil facilities were still burning and efforts were made to put out the fires.

The safety officer in Heglig oil field Osama Al-Sayed alleged that the SPLA caused impairment of the pumping station at the main field after destroying the central control room and the oil processing center.

"Production stopped [in Heglig] throughout the war and that was pumping around 70,000 barrels and now we have lost about 60% of oil production in the North" al-Sayed said.

Heglig’s oil fields account for roughly half of Sudan’s oil production. Any loss in production capacity will further compound the country’s economic woes that were triggered by the loss of the oil-rich south last July.

The Washington-based Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) said in a statement today that new satellite imagery revealed that a key part of the pipeline infrastructure was destroyed.

“The damage appears to be so severe, and in such a critical part of the oil infrastructure, that it would likely stop oil flow in the area,” SSP’s statement read.

“Based on Harvard Humanitarian Initiative analysis of DigitalGlobe satellite imagery, SSP has concluded that what appears to be an oil collection manifold – equipment which allows for the diversion or combination of oil flows without interruption – was apparently blown up in some type of explosion,”

SSP went on to say that it cannot make a determination whether the damage resulted from aerial bombardment by Sudan air force or from ground battles between north and south armies.

Sudan said it will sue South Sudan internationally to seek reparations for the damages in Heglig.

Taha accused South Sudan of impeding the agricultural season and destroying crops. This along with the Heglig incident, he said was aimed at paralysing Khartoum economically to push Sudanese people towards revolution against the government.

He dismissed Juba’s talk about resuming post-independence negotiations describing it as an attempt to jump over its defeat in Heglig.

“What negotiations and what interest is Juba looking for when it isn’t even respecting its citizens?” Taha asked.

The Sudanese VP stressed that there will be no return to talks with Juba before the withdrawal of all its troops from Sudanese territory. Taha added that he doesn’t think peace will be achieved with Juba’s current leaders.

He accused the US of siding with Juba despite Washington’s call for immediate and complete withdrawal of SPLA from Heglig.


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  • 22 April 2012 10:17, by Dinkawarrior

    The bombing of our oil facilities will be the first then the border will the second. Thanks you for recognise the wiill of the Mighty SPLA! No more cheating to our people?

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    • 22 April 2012 10:34, by Joseph Makuer

      We will sue Sudan for destroyed our oilfield in Panthou (Heglig) And we’re asking all SAF troops to leave immediately out from Abyei.... MOVE OUT from Abyei.... We’re willing to negotiate but if not, who care?

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      • 22 April 2012 20:28, by Paul

        SPLA attacked while withdrawing from Heglig
        Sunday, 22 April 2012 08:16 South Sudan >>>

        The SPLA says its forces that withdrew from Heglig was attacked by the Sudan Armed Forces inside Unity State.

        The attack started while the SPLA was completing the withdrawal as directed by President Salva Kiir, said SPLA spokesperson, Col. Philip Aguer Panyang.

        "After the withdrawal, Khartoum forces ha

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        • 22 April 2012 21:48, by Mi diit

          So Bashir will not gain any oil now from Heglig. And SPLA will reoccupy it soon. SPLA oyeeeeee.

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  • 22 April 2012 10:18, by Kurnyel

    Big yes Taha there is no negotiation with these thugs and ruthless black in Juba until Rumbek and Yei are captured.

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    • 22 April 2012 10:22, by Dinkawarrior

      The Black Arab called Kurnyel?
      Please begg now but don’t forget that jalaba is not changing it colors!

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      • 22 April 2012 10:28, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

        Kurnyel is a Dinka Bor from Kongor section but why are you talking like this mr Cadaai? Bor Dinkas are dying heart supporters of SPLA/M and the South Sudanese people,
        Shame will always be with you and your father/mother/family,

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        • 22 April 2012 20:29, by George Bol

          Good we did great job in panthou/heglig operations. Let the North Know that we were at war with you guys. do not expect good things when we captured your areas becuse yho do the same. Are you going to step on our tails again?

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        • 23 April 2012 05:29, by George Bol

          Dinka Dominated SPLM/A,

          You need to be careful on what you saying.If you don;t think so then you are very stupid.

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      • 22 April 2012 18:51, by zulu

        You National Criminal Party started a war which ironically averted your wishes and expectations. you were told not to start, you went on bombing south sudan. Like dogs and criminal, you put them in jail, once released, they comit the crime again. the world will see soon doing the same stupid mistake and you will pay even more this thime.

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    • 22 April 2012 10:42, by Joseph Makuer


      Listen!!! your IP address is identified.... you must correct your language... You seem like that coward named Jalaby who use a war against South Sudanese tribes..... and he lost now, do you want to lost? be aware sir....avoid threating people

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      • 22 April 2012 16:16, by mohammed ali

        Makuer, how could you identify his IP? You donnot know how to write in proper English , yet you claim to be computer & IT expert.Stop this megalomenia ,try to talk up to the level of your little knowledg

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        • 22 April 2012 17:37, by Joseph Makuer

          Mo - Ali..


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    • 22 April 2012 10:48, by Ruach

      Kurliel!How can you reach those areas while you were defeated in Panthou?How much does Bashir give you to kill South Sudanese?Your father is from South Sudan and your mother,but fed with bloody money mr Cadaai?.Death to you!!

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    • 22 April 2012 10:54, by Ruach

      Kurnyel.Who cares about negotiating with terrorists.North Sudan is a failed State next to Somalia,Iraq,Iran,N.Korea,Egypt,Syria,Afganstan.

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    • 22 April 2012 11:09, by Foundation

      When is tht capturing happening? It will never happen. Keep on dreaming Insects, who alway depend on South resource.

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    • 22 April 2012 19:33, by morogot batal

      i know you arabs are not tired of fuck like the prostitude who make their special part to be rubbed till ioose.come and you will be fuck as you used to.if our energy is almost going off not making you feel well of fuck. we can use other asset to empower us.what do you mean by juba,yei and other dreams you are talking about?

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    • 23 April 2012 09:49, by CHUOLJBOL

      No sense for VP Taha speech, who care about peace if you don,t want negotiation? South Sudan is the country and it will put more effort as well to deal away with ignorance emery through military wings SPLA.

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  • 22 April 2012 10:26, by wang

    The True will reveal itself. The same statement our VP president said before. SAF entered the Heglig town on Friday after the SPLA left. Not Thursday or Wednesday Bashir lies to them. Wow, all Northerners Sudanese were born to lies

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    • 22 April 2012 10:41, by Dinkawarrior

      The splm-D/C remainents are the ones who are disturbing us here on the board! Somebody post their real names through my email. If you want your brother or uncle to a president of South Sudan then who is going to be with him? You disagree with Kiir because he is not your demn brother? What about our freedom? You must think twice!!

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  • 22 April 2012 10:33, by AAMA

    I agree and support you Mr VP on this, and we know its a hopeless case and negotiations are pointless after the SPLA stupidity last week, but what is the solution ? Please provide us with solutions that saves our people lives instead of just throwing blames on each other !!!

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  • 22 April 2012 10:34, by Daniel Buolmawei

    Well, you don’t come to the negotiation table, we will wait for the so-called International Community who condemned for nothing. If they don’t speak up this time, then we will roll back by force to annex all our towns in the borders.

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    • 22 April 2012 10:49, by Dinkawarrior

      The Mighty SPLA is counting your mistakes before going back to Panthou, two more count to go! Bombing Unity State is not for fun, we lost more civilians lives for the first count bombardment! Let’s wait and see!

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      • 23 April 2012 07:41, by codewizards

        What I do not understand is that: When SAF bombs even inside South Sudan (Unity & Mabaan; in Upper Nile), the so called International community says nothing. But any little thing done by South Sudan becomes the daily news. Interest, Interest, Interest is the problem in the world!No justice but money talk, money kill!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 22 April 2012 10:45, by SeekingTruth

    These Northern faggots will never cease to amaze the entire world, what accountability/responsibility are they talking about when its was them who bombed the facility? Why would the SPLA destroyed it when its belong them? Keep making a lot of noises but remember the fact that your gov’t is going to have full responsibility of the 85 millions dollars you have stolen from the South in term of oil.

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    • 22 April 2012 10:57, by SeekingTruth

      The people’s Army has shown and proven time and again that they can flush out Khartoum forces any time they want. Despite the Airstrike advantage Khartoum has, it was possible for them to drive out, captured prisoners and full out from Heglig at their own wills! This alone tell us how weak the NCP is which has been investing Sudan’s entire oil money on nothing else except military! Kudos to SPLA!

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  • 22 April 2012 10:50, by Daniel Buolmawei

    "Sudan said it will sue the south internationally to seek reparations for the damages in Heglig."

    We will sue you before you sue us. Remember our oil stolen case? Also, remember the case of illegal pipeline you seem to connect to steal Western Upper Nile that was the main trigger of current war that led occupied Panthou by SPLA? Just barked, but we are determined to teach you a lesson ever.

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  • 22 April 2012 12:34, by E. Defense Forces
  • 22 April 2012 12:37, by Deng

    CONGRATULATIONS SPLA!!!!!!! I new this was what will happen before your departure. Thanks for fucking up oil facilities because we want North Sudan to taste both the economic and social lost of instigating war. No oil for North means no military funding! good Job SPLA, show these fake Arabs of Sudan the taste of war.CONGRATS! to SPLA division 4! and to the commander James Gatduel Gatluak.

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    • 22 April 2012 13:23, by John mamer

      Kurnyiel the whole saf for 10 days and you didnot defeat them untill ordered by commander in chief, but wait if you thick headed arab donot change your behaviours there will be no withdrawing and will capture kassala for second time.

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  • 22 April 2012 13:00, by Northern Sudanese

    the image on the article shows how much we north sudanese care about each other......look how we treat our wounded soldiers........our top officials even visit them inside the hospital.......

    look how you treat your wounded,something copletely different http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeTYCPDTE_E&feature=related

    watch from 1:25

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  • 22 April 2012 13:10, by E. Defense Forces
  • 22 April 2012 13:56, by Deng

    Breaking news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sudan oil facilities fucked up by SAF bombardment!!!


    Great Job SPLA!!!!

    Let them taste the economic impact of war!!!!!

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  • 22 April 2012 14:44, by 4Justice

    The spla should inform the public they are unwilling or unable to buy a anti-aircraft defense weapon capable of downing Khartoum’s high altitude Antonov bomber. The people in diaspora can raise funds needed to buy the bloody weapons to protect innocent civilians from enemy arial bombardments.

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    • 22 April 2012 14:47, by 4Justice

      It is inconcievable and irresponsible to have a army incapable of protecting it’s population, cities and oil facilities from enemy aerial attacks.

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    • 22 April 2012 15:57, by bior angeth

      I do not think Taha will be able to defy the world leaders who calld South to withdraw; he will still go to negotiation. How will this problem end if he does not go to negotiation with South?

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  • 22 April 2012 20:45, by James Maker Akok

    Sorry North Sudan you are the once who cause war on South Sudan International Curt can not agree with you.

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  • 22 April 2012 21:54, by North Sudan

    to all liars (including Salva) here is an american newspaper telling about how SPLA was defeated
    "South Sudan, reeling from Sudan counterattack, says it will withdraw from Heglig"


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  • 23 April 2012 08:09, by Emmanuel Ajang Solomon

    UNSC, International community.UK/USA.

    Help the people of both North and South Sudan, their leaders seems not interested on the fate of thier citizens but only care for their families and business as all of them have.

    See what Juba is saying and telling the internationalcommunity, I am not under you command and the Parliament was in support, 100% are such people carring for their citizen really?

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  • 23 April 2012 08:10, by Emmanuel Ajang Solomon

    UNSC, International community.UK/USA.

    Help the people of both North and South Sudan, their leaders seems not interested on the fate of thier citizens but only care for their families and business as all of them have.

    See what Juba is saying and telling the internationalcommunity, I am not under you command and the Parliament was in support, 100% are such people carring for their citizen really?

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  • 23 April 2012 08:16, by Emmanuel Ajang Solomon

    Look, Khartoum ,,when the SPLA, was ordered to withdraw by GOD of South South, General Kiir Amin Mayardit.

    Khartoum, without fear start claiming lies after lies and give words that we shall librate the people of South Sudan.
    Who gave them our mandate todo that??? Now they have start attacking the positions of South Sudan 9 KM deep, andsaid General William/ James are the one.

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  • 23 April 2012 08:23, by Emmanuel Ajang Solomon

    Dear, Leaders do ungent thing to help the people of the 2 nations to help them.

    what do you expect to happen when the oil stops like that in both Countries, people will suffer and suffer because of their bad governance cheating their own subjects.
    Do help the people of 2 nations to imposed sanction and form oil sale committee in both countries, for food and no more cheating on the 2 countries.

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