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South Sudan’s oil “may take time to resume” due to Khartoum’s “impossible” demand, Kiir says


November 26, 2012 (JUBA) – The president of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, warned on Monday that the lifeline of his country’s nascent economy, oil exports, may take time to resume due to demands by neighboring Sudan that Juba disarms the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N)

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FILE PHOTO - President Omar al-Bashir (R) walks out with Thabo Mbeki (left) and President Salva Kiir Mayardit after a meeting in 2011 [©Reuters]

Speaking at the opening session of the governors’ forum at Freedom Hall in the capital Juba, Kiir described Khartoum’s demand as impossible, saying that disarming the rebels is “not our responsibility”

“The SPLM-N has been recognized by the AUHIP [African Union High Level Implementation Panel] as having a political base that needs a
solution. The SPLM-N should instead be negotiating directly with Sudan government,” Kiir said.

He went on to add: “This is impossible. We are in a different country and SPLM-N is in a different country. How can a foreign army cross to another country and disarm forces there? It cannot happen.”

Land-locked South Sudan has recently postponed its plans to resume oil production via Sudan after Khartoum insisted, during talks between the two countries on implementing a border security deal involving the establishment of a 10-km buffer demilitarized zone along their 1800-km common borders, that Juba disarms the SPLM-N which controls parts of the borders in Sudan’s southern regions of South Kordofan and Blue Nile, where the insurgents have been fighting the government for the past 16 months.

Sudanese officials said that resumption of oil exports hinges on Juba severing its ties with the rebels who fought as part of South Sudan’s army during the second Sudanese civil war whose end with the 2005’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) paved the way for South Sudan’s secession from Sudan in July last year. But Juba says SPLM-N is no longer a part of South Sudan army and receiving no support from it.

The security deal was agreed along with 8 other agreements covering a host of post-secession issues under AUHIP mediation in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on 27 September.

Despite the security deadlock, however, President Kiir said that all efforts are underway to negotiate with Khartoum. He further reiterated South Sudan’s commitment to peaceful resolution of the conflict between the two

“We are still negotiating with our neighbor. Last week, we sent a letter to Khartoum communication our readiness to discuss the Joint Political and Security Mechanism to resolve all these issue. President Bashir [Sudanese leader] called me to confirm he received the letter,” Kiir said.

South Sudan shut down its oil production in January this year following a bitter dispute with Khartoum over the fees required to export its oil through pipelines and export terminals in Sudan. Prior to the shutdown, oil revenues accounted for up to 98% of the country’s annual budget.

Kiir cautioned that in light of the current impasse over security, oil exports “may take time to resume”. He deplored the fact that South Sudan is still dependent on imports of food commodities from the neighboring countries in order to feed its people. He also said that the country exports none item and plans for resumption of oil was not stopped.

He urged the governors of his country’s ten states to work hard and ensure South Sudan becomes economically independent and food secure by 2014.

In South Sudan, only 4% of the country’s arable land is effectively utilized for agricultural activities, yet the sector accounts for
nearly 80 percent of economies of rural households.

South Sudan is classified as one of the poorest countries in the world despite its great potentials and has continued to maintain some of the worst indicators of countries that are backward.

For instance, 73% of men and 84% of women are illiterate; 4.7 million of its 8 million populations are food insecure; 50% of its civil servants are estimated to lack the appropriate qualifications and 87% of the population lack access to basic health care.

A 15 year-old girl has a higher chance of dying in childbirth than finishing school while the country has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world with 2,054 per 100,000 live births.

Only 110km of road are estimated to be paved in the whole country while an estimated 7,000km of roads are expected to be constructed and paved.


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  • 27 November 2012 09:21, by omoni jr.

    i thought Reik machar knows more mathematic than kiir......

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    • 27 November 2012 09:43, by Dinkawarrior

      Wene Mayardiit or Mayarthii, you better keeps your mouth shut! If you try it again, you will soon join your friend Bashit in the Hell!!! Wuo Southerners wuo ci ngeny a wuo ci Cuul a thiir e ke de ye mioke! Mark my words!!

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      • 27 November 2012 14:30, by Hardball

        President Kirr, the route to Port Sudan through Sudan is not the only way our oil goes to International market. South Sudan just needs to pick one of the ways to take its oil to the market. It could by Rail-Road, Tanker-Trucks or the pipeline through either Ethiopia or Kenya. South Sudan has nothing to lose; we have raw material to sell; unlike Sudan that has nothing at all!

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        • 27 November 2012 15:17, by Civilrights

          Bear in mind that the most economical transportation method of crude oil is by PIPELINES. While the route of P/L through SUDAN is the cheapest and safest due to all well calculated and evaluated environmental issues.
          Sudan & South Sudan are brothers and they must be OPEN MINDED.

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          • 27 November 2012 16:51, by Hardball

            Civilrights, what you don’t bear in mind is the none-existence of open minded that you reference; where is that open minded for almost a year now after countless negotiations? By the way; why is the pipeline the cheapest and safest way through Sudan only and not through other country? Is the pipeline through Sudan the safest way; when the rebels between two countries can blow it up any time?

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            • 27 November 2012 17:36, by Civilrights

              Soil resistivity based on soils of blocs 3 & 7 tells the corrosion rate is very severe towards Juba. while the proposed pipeline from Juba to LAMU will be in longer design life based on the rocky soil (high resistivity).
              Bottomline isthat, Sudan and South Sudan are African brothers. UK & Germany didn’t destroy their north sea oil wells durning world-II war.

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              • 27 November 2012 19:11, by Hardball

                Civilrights, it’s ironic that you talk to skilled people as if you’re to the less-informed! You cannot tell us; if you scanned the soil beneath Ethiopia and Kenya; you can’t find the pipelines of any kind because of your so called “soil-resistivity”; I just can’t believe how disconnected you’re from reality! You’re preaching to the wrong audients. Sell your “soil-resistivity” idea somewhere else!

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                • 28 November 2012 05:54, by Civilrights

                  You better consult the seismic suverys that were made by USA. Moreover refer carefully to the essential steps of P/L design,construction and operations. I know nothing is impossible but what about ROI?. Iam not forcing you to accept these facts but I want YOU to go and dig deep in all related technical issues.

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    • 27 November 2012 13:19, by Paul Chadrack

      Let our oil stay in peace under ground for future generation, because nobody will benefit from it, except kiir and his corrupt officials.

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    • 27 November 2012 21:44, by Mwalimu Kuol

      Please your excellency president Kir, let the issue of transporting our oil through the north sudan be by-gone. Let build our own refineries in South Sudan and transport our finish oil through Ethiopa or Kenya port. Sudan pipeline’s is not feasible because northerners are not trustworthy and also the political turnmoil in sudan cann’t grauntee a constant flow of our oil to port Sudan .

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    • 27 November 2012 22:56, by Baring

      Dear President Kiir,
      If you been locked in a room that has two door, one infront and one in a back, however; you have entered from the front door. suddently, something happen inside and you need to get out as quickly as passible. in this case you dont have to run for the front door, just take the back one out common sense. that is what suppose to happen for our oil jalaba close thier door.

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  • 27 November 2012 09:22, by Young Lotuko

    The internatinal community better know who is not taking this agreement serious..How dumb can NCP be? SRF is a not gang of group operating inside South Sudan, its an armed movement operating inside Sudan..This is like telling a gay guy to get pregnant, its imposible

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    • 27 November 2012 13:31, by Paul Chadrack

      Lotuke,kiir tribe man. don’t cry, because your hope was cut short by Basir, your plan was to steal all the money when oil flow again, but sorry God say no to you people, no more stealing. our oil stay in peace for future generations.

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      • 29 November 2012 03:33, by Young Lotuko

        Paul, are u talking to me? Becuase I don’t get what ur trying to say..go read what I wrote again..DDS lol, its imposible

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    • 28 November 2012 05:31, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Young Latuko
      ahahah ahahaha hahaha hahahahah hahahahah hahahahah hahaha hahaha hahaha hahabahahah a. Hahahahah haha haha ahhhhhhhh aaaaaaaaaa so funny indeed
      Ahahahaha ahahahaha ahahahaha ahahaha gaga gaga fans "telling gay guy to get pregnant" ahahahah ahahahaha my,

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  • 27 November 2012 09:31, by Padiet Deng Alony

    Resumption of Oil has nothing to do with innocent citizens of South Sudan only the beneficiaries will be those big people who enjoyed the oil before. nothing tangible done with those money of oil, even if the resumption flow still there will be no any services to rendered to our poor citizens, those big stomach will still send the oil money to thier families abroad.

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  • 27 November 2012 09:41, by NO PEACE


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    • 27 November 2012 09:48, by Dinkawarrior

      No Peace!
      Please never dream about Riek, he is a Murderer and nobody will allow him to be a president. You may talks be talking about James Hose Moi, John Koang, or other Nuer interlectuals. Just forget about Dr. Holocaust, if he try it then that will be end of his live.

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    • 27 November 2012 09:49, by Dinkawarrior

      No Peace!
      Please never dream about Riek, he is a Murderer and nobody will allow him to be a president. You may be talking about James Hose Moi, John Koang, or other Nuer interlectuals. Just forget about Dr. Holocaust, if he try it then that will be end of his live.

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    • 27 November 2012 12:31, by Big Boy

      Hungery Kiir
      Oh kiir, why are you always hurry for oil to be transported to kahrtoum, while khartoum are not seriously to implement the nine agreement.just focus to other thins then oil, likewise you will missed second term next two years don’t joke!!!!!!

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  • 27 November 2012 10:46, by Makunon

    Kiir,Shooting down of oil was it less alternative? if it is, why blaming others now. Bith dei ther ae chok.

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  • 27 November 2012 11:14, by Jalaby

    Liar Kiir,
    Let me ask you these questions first:Did any one of the 75 thieves that you sent them a letter to return the money they stole regarded you? No!
    Did Obama forgive you after you apologized to him of being a liar? No!
    You’re nothing than nasty weak leader and big liar who never honor any agreement,we know you singed Addis Ababa

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    • 27 November 2012 11:20, by Jalaby

      under the pressure of the Americans and African leaders but you’re so weak to confront your opponents in the south!
      What Bashir & Ali Osman gave you was never ever in your dream one day but no worries because we know how to correct this mistake and force a weak, liar and incompetent president like you to respect what he signed before in front of all the world!

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    • 27 November 2012 11:30, by South South

      You son of gay Muslim and big lair need to stop writing like a person mentally retarded. Do you really read what you wrte.

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      • 27 November 2012 11:33, by Jalaby

        South Sudan,
        My words hit your asshole very hard son of a bitch, right?

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        • 27 November 2012 12:08, by Nibs

          Your writing make no sense,you are boring.since you join this forum yours commenting has be the same.you know this issue of obama’s letter is blatent lie but you chose to ignore the reality. Anyways it is your right to remain stupid.it is know fact,that sudaneses find happiness in lies.

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        • 27 November 2012 12:08, by Aaban

          You really need to have some manner, would you mind to stop being such airhead person? Why would you called women with that criminals names, like b***h? Do you have a mother or just because you killed other’s people mother does mean that their mothers are not respected, human respect before you loose your hopeless tempter, here,

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          • 27 November 2012 12:41, by Jalaby

            I told you, you’re nothing but idiot and close minded who sees only by one eye,hears by one ear and thinks by half brain!
            You never read what this called "South south" wrote first and described me as "Son of a gay Muslim", you didn’t read that idiot or you only read mine? why didn’t you criticize him first before criticizing me?

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            • 27 November 2012 12:52, by Aaban

              I’m here to save you from your ignorant, but don’t worried, I don’t hate what you said because I loved it when you exposed your ugly part of hiding obscene bad manners with behavior of deviances because you are not alone but the whole blasphemous Al Bendairya Al Dahmashya tribes of Hashimite attitude, I guess what kind of person should you have been if you are not that airhead person, 

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              • 27 November 2012 13:36, by Jalaby

                "Al Bendairya Al Dahmashya tribes"
                LOOOOL You’re really very sick person and you will keep talking about ja’alin everyday and night,did you see a doctor as I advised you before?
                I like your words "airhead person"LOOOL
                Go and see a doctor and cure your "ja’alin" problem because your situation is moving from bad to ugly! IDIOT

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                • 27 November 2012 13:57, by Aaban

                  My brother, I think with no doubt that you must be a kid because you have accidently misbehaving by using obscene and deviances manners, and shows no respect to your dignity, this behavior are the once that cause chaos in the country,
                  Stop being airhead as you love the words, Why Don’t You Slip Into Something More Comfortable. Like A Coma? And die

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                • 27 November 2012 15:07, by ngomrom

                  Dear Jalaby
                  We still need you to reform, it was not by coincident that we got our independence if this is why you are too crezy please it is too late do not kill youelf insult will take you nowhere

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                • 27 November 2012 16:39, by zulu


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        • 27 November 2012 13:24, by South South

          The way write is very clear that you are stupid and mentally retarded. Of course your mother is there and you know how she born you, right ?

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        • 27 November 2012 13:47, by South South

          The opposite is true here. Long time ago you said that you will not respond to my comments but today what made you come out to the open ? I think my writing hit your gay ass very hard. Son of gay.

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      • 27 November 2012 12:22, by Aaban

        People, this has nothing to do with Good Muslim! talk direct to this silly coward misbrought up boy from rich ja’lain family, stop abuse Islam for some bad silly kids,

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  • 27 November 2012 12:21, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    I am sick of the Feign South Sudan president, Salva Kiir Miyardit. Truely speaking, Mr President Salva Kiir is very shallow in mind. The SPLM-N is a part of the Southern Sudanese party. There is no point why Mr Salva Kiir isolated this party away as if he doesn’t know who they are.
    By Augustino Deng. Jech la mer from Tharpam

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  • 27 November 2012 13:25, by Civilrights

    TO all
    objectivity must replace your subjectivity.
    CHANGE will come with CHANGE and CHANGE is the process that in the hands of ALLAH(GOD).
    So we need to CHANGE to become objectives.

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  • 27 November 2012 14:17, by Civilrights

    To all
    The main subject is about the FAIR agreement for the transportation of CRUDE OIL for export.
    We are all members of AU so need to set best examples to others. AU = African Union.
    Unity is the real power

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  • 27 November 2012 15:14, by mudfish

    Port Sudan is not the only way to take our oil to international market,so better to be pectin for 1 to 2 years and make pipeline to Ethiopia or Kenya.let forget about ignorant port.but the question how?while our official are thieves!!!so Mr.president pull up your sock and get rite of thieves,otherwise they will down fall your regime.

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  • 27 November 2012 15:18, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dear all south sudanese enough is enough, alot of money were taken, we have no hope for the resumption of the oil again, the oil money going to thieves’s pockets not south sudan accounts why ? let it remain on the ground and decay its better than it went to one person’s pocket.

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  • 28 November 2012 13:29, by clairemarglie

    No peace with this treacherous !

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