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South Sudan army says oil fields under full protection

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January 16, 2015 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese army (SPLA) said on Friday it remains in full control of oil fields in both Unity and Upper Nile states, downplaying threats from rebel forces.

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South Sudanese soldiers guard an oil refining facility (AFP)

SPLA spokesperson Colonel Philip Aguer told reporters on Friday that army troops were providing protection and that the security situation in the area remained stable.

“The oil fields have never been under control of anybody. They have been under full control of the SPLA and the general command assured the oil companies in Adar and Faluj that their protection is 100%,” he said.

According to Aguer recent clashes that erupted between government and rebel troops were taking place far away from the oil fields.

The comments come after South Sudan’s foreign affairs minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, provided assurances to his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, earlier this week of the government’s commitment to protecting oil staff and facilities.

“We reassured them (the Chinese) about the safety of personnel who are involved in important economic institutions in the Republic of South Sudan,” Benjamin said on Wednesday following the meeting in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum.

China is the largest investor in South Sudan’s oil industry, the country’s main source of revenue.

Some oil fields have been forced to close and overall output has been significantly reduced since conflict erupted in South Sudan in December 2013 between pro-government and rebel forces.

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  • 18 January 2015 10:29, by Johndumo14

    As a nation,is there no any other way to defeat Dr Riek rebels? Only one tribe army making too much noise.Uganda has defeated its rebels Lord resistance army.Dr congo has defeated its rebels called Mig 23 ,why not S.SUDAN?
    South sudan has to show to the World that they can defend this country,Dr Riek rebels is a test,in life you have to be tested for your weakness!USA and the EU want to dictate

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    • 18 January 2015 10:42, by Johndumo14

      The Dreams of Dr Riek Machar Never come true!!
      In 1991 he wanted to be the leader of SPLA anounced in Nasir at he has made a coup to Dr John Grand which never came true and he ran to Khartoum.After the Indep.he was vice president which he did not do the job right and was removed.Now he wanted to be president of s.suddan by force which has and will never happen,now he drems of PM,also will nothappe

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  • 18 January 2015 10:30, by Johndumo14

    As a nation,is there no any other way to defeat Dr Riek rebels? Only one tribe army making too much noise.Uganda has defeated its rebels Lord resistance army.Dr congo has defeated its rebels called Mig 23 ,why not S.SUDAN?
    South sudan has to show to the World that they can defend this country,Dr Riek rebels is a test,in life you have to be tested for your weakness!USA and the EU want to dictate

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  • 18 January 2015 10:47, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    am liking the language which SPLA is speaking that government forces are in full control of oil field.

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    • 18 January 2015 12:18, by Moc Nyickedenloi

      And what do you think the government forces were supposed to do? All along we have been hearing of these comments day and night. y not killing them and defeating Malong? Remember how Bashir armed chad rebels in 2006 but where are they now when the government was strong remember how they fought at the presidential palace but did it makes any change? Y wasting time with bullshits all the time Maloon

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      • 18 January 2015 18:55, by jijury

        Stop lying to the whole world the SPLA JUBA FACTION are not in full CONTROL OF ALL oilfields. They only control the ones in Paloch not Adar. If its not because we been have respectful to peace agreement. We could have taken Paloch oilfields long time ago. SPLA ATTACKED our forces in Jamam and Omdahwich unfortunately we defeated them along with Blue Nile rebels they brought in to help.

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        • 19 January 2015 11:05, by Muorcienggok

          Deceive others, not us ,your target was to overthrow the government and when your asses were kicked out around Juba and Juba-Bor road;You resorted to capturing oil fields which you never managed. Capturing your stronghold "Nasir" was a test of your strength, we thought you would resist us as you have been braging to be heroes but you ran away.You again talked of wet season but never materialised.

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        • 19 January 2015 11:19, by Muorcienggok

          Cont: when will you get tire of false bragings and lies? You have done your best by infiltrating into our army with ill intention of overthrowing the government and more over along ethic line,but you failed, we gave you everything we could but still your greedy hearts told you, it is better to have Nuers’ government which will not happen. Our objectives r clear, we rather coexist as south Sudanese

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