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Oil talks between Khartoum and Juba fail to produce a breakthrough


February 14, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The current round of talks between north and South Sudan on oil will likely be adjourned and resumed in two weeks time, an official in Khartoum said today.

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Pagan Amum, South Sudan’s chief negotiator (AFP)

The two sides have been unable to reach a middle ground during almost five days of negotiations in the Ethiopian capital that are moderated by the African Union High-Level implementation Panel (AUHIP).

In this round, Khartoum’s delegation tabled a paper detailing its position on oil transit fees and how it should be calculated per barrel of crude exported by South Sudan through the pipelines.

But South Sudan’s negotiating team led by Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) Secretary General Pagan Amum rejected Khartoum’s demand of $36 per barrel saying that this represents no change from previous figures.

In the past, Juba said that the fair fee should be around $1 per barrel of oil.

The Sudanese foreign ministry spokesperson Al-Obeid Marwih said that the two sides will return to the negotiating table by the end of this month. He revealed that a preliminary accord could be signed on other post secession issues such as borders and trade.

Specialised committees from the two countries will convene later this month to continue discussions on trade as well citizenship issues.

In a related issue, SPLM Secretary General said that Khartoum seized 2.4 million barrels of its oil in a continuation of measures implemented by the Sudanese government since late last year, which brings total volume of crude seized to 6 million barrels.

This included 1.2 million barrels taken in December, four shipments totalling roughly 2.5 million barrels in January and another 2.4 million barrels reported this month, according to figures provided to Reuters by South Sudan’s negotiating team in Addis Ababa.

"Yesterday we have been informed that the government of Sudan has again stolen 2.4 million barrels of our best quality crude oil," Amum said, according to Reuters.

South Sudan took with it three quarters of Sudan’s daily oil production of 500,000 barrels when it seceded in July under a 2005 peace deal that ended more than two decades of civil war between the two sides.

Previous rounds of protracted negotiations failed to yield an agreement on a fair charge to transport South Sudan’s oil through Sudan’s infrastructure, triggering a crisis that saw Khartoum confiscating oil and Juba suspending production all together.

Juba has been insisting that it must be reimbursed for the oil Khartoum says it confiscated to make up for unpaid fees.

Amum said Sudan had released two vessels that had been waiting to load South Sudanese crude at Port Sudan but another six had arrived. Eight in total are now prevented from entering the port, he said.

"Six vessels were ready to come and load oil that they already bought, but they are not allowed to come to Port Sudan," the senior SPLM official said.

"These companies are not coming because they have been informed that the oil they bought from South Sudan has been stolen by the government of Sudan," he added.

Last week, Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir described Juba’s decision to halt oil production is "suicide".

He accused Juba of seeking to strangle his country economically by this move but he dismissed it saying that his country’s gold exports are booming.


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  • 15 February 2012 09:35, by Nhialic

    This is confusing. Either Khartoum are thiefs, and/or South Sudan ignorantly forced $1 per barrel down Khartoum’s throat, even though Khartoum may never have agreed on that price.

    I’m inclined to believe both these things may have taken place to an extent.

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    • 15 February 2012 09:54, by Logic

      Silly silly silly NCP.

      These guys are just wrapped up in their own pride and air of superiority, I wonder when they will wake up from this abyss. Like I said, $1 is not enough and $32 is impossible, Khartoum wants half that but Juba offers no more than a quarter of the $32.

      Now Bashir’s pride is getting in the way, he’s such a donkey. Give him a stick let him dance, lol.lol.

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    • 16 February 2012 13:45, by Paul Ongee

      Khartoum’s economic survival is solely based on stolen South Sudan’s oil and financial bailout. Wow,the economic outlook is really grim, scary and....you name it. Closing oil production doesn’t mean regime change in Khartoum or committing suicide in Juba as it yells to the media. Conflict resolution on the three fronts and political transformation are the key to economic stability of Sudan.

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  • 15 February 2012 09:38, by John

    Now Mr. Pagan Amum shall have enough time to explain the 30M.

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    • 15 February 2012 09:55, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      John Calling you an idiot would be an insult to all the stupid people.
      But why are you wurried about $30m stold? are the from your country khartoum or what?
      Pagan is our leader and we know what to do if he took our money and it has nothing to do with fake arab in the north like you, you are too dumb enought to stop ur wicked mouth in our affairs,
      Death to you,

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      • 15 February 2012 10:35, by viper

        Dinka Dominated SPLA/M as u use to call yourself. Please don’t stand behind those accused, let pagan clear himself from this accuse otherwise you r an accamplice

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      • 15 February 2012 13:27, by John

        Dear Donkey,

        Apparently, you were one of the kid being abducted and raised like slave, all you know is to clean the cattle shit or milking the cow while swearing.

        But it’s OK, as people live like a cow always need to relief their unsatisfaction against the society.

        How much does ur arabic master pay u to bullshit around, I can always double the offer to have u bark around.

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      • 15 February 2012 13:41, by Antigraft

        Dear compatriots, the oil is gone and let us pray that it should gofor some times. During the time when the oil will not be there, the dollar supplies will reduce. The thiefs will have to go to some sorts of courses on financial management and discpline. After all why should I cry for the oil? what has the oil done to the people of this country? except oil monies have looted to the alarming rates.

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        • 15 February 2012 13:46, by Antigraft

          America has lured this country to shut down the oil production beacuse, it has seen that our government officials were not utilizing the oil money for the benefit of its citizens. Can you imagine that for the last six years we have failed even to built a mini refinery that can help this country? where has the money gone. Splm keeps deciving us that they use the money for buying armaments to fight.

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          • 15 February 2012 13:51, by Antigraft

            the arabs, where are the weapons yet people being bombarded everyday at broder areas in Jau. Why don’t use those weapons to shhot down the bashir planes. Let the oil go so that we generate revenues from other sources. always oil oils, what is wrong why don’t you talk about gold, cement, agriculture, timber etc. Let the oil go until the port is build at Lamu after ten years. I pray to Ngundeng.

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      • 16 February 2012 07:38, by okucu pa lotinokwan

        Dear all

        Since Khartoum has no willness in the oil talk,the AU members in this talks should withdraw the oil from this agenda,and the discusion should be in other remainding outstanding topics eg border demacation,and Abyei,otherwise Khartoum is buying time.


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    • 15 February 2012 10:47, by Martin Kat

      Mr John,
      you have to understand the article first and then posted your comment to the website.What is the connection between 3o million USD of Pagan in Juba and oil talk in Addis ababa Ethiopia?.

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      • 15 February 2012 13:14, by John

        Mr. Martin,

        It’s a simple question, how could anyone concentrate on his job while he is accused of taking something 30M into his pocket?

        If you think taking money from public funds is nothing, then I am sorry, I don’t think so.

        Did he or did he not take the money, people need to know the truth.

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  • 15 February 2012 09:44, by Dam Musa

    Silly Sudanese delegation, how could you presented $36 per barel and said before $32 per barel.Juba will pay you $0 per 0 barel.
    We lived with out oil for 21 years do think 5 years or less will be hard.

    I hope these oiltalks are deleted from the irems to discuss.

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    • 15 February 2012 10:24, by Land-of-Cush

      We just want to hear about building pipeline through Kenya within two months.

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  • 15 February 2012 10:30, by Ahmado

    Ithink south sudan leaders they don’t understanding what are they need from north pipeline instead discuss the issue of demarcation and Abyei referendum not oil.oil already shutdown what are they discuss about it,if they want to discuss about it they haven’t shutdown it. let south their new pipeline than time discuss nonsenes which can not help us indeed.

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  • 15 February 2012 10:38, by mohammed ali

    This Tom & Jerry game! Why do you send ship to Port Sudan since you know that Khartoum " thieves" are going to "steel" it?! Or ..you want to steel it alone! I think if you steel your own poor, starving & marginalized people, it would be quite fair & appropriate for Khartoum to "steel"!

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    • 15 February 2012 11:46, by Aarai Baka

      To Mohamed Ali

      correction: do u mean by steals or steel metal? sorry English is not your language but do spell check b4 posting any comment bro. Ali dont worry about how we steal money from our poor people but worry about your poor side first. tell your gov stealing is aram in arabs culture.

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      • 15 February 2012 12:34, by mohammed ali

        Thanks Baka for correcting my big mistake, am not that good in English.It is true that "Steeling " is haram in our culture,but is it Halal in your culture? The best thing to leave you alone is to stop sending ships to Port Sudan, at least you can avoid that your oil is not stolen by us!

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        • 15 February 2012 13:11, by Aarai Baka

          To Ali

          As u know, nobody want their politicians to be corruptors but transparency is a way people want. I dont support corruptors leaders. I feel shame how our leaders does what they are doing now. Sudan as whole including East, North, South and West can be very great if have transparency government without looting public fun, but self appointed, self interest, self important destroying us all.

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        • 15 February 2012 19:10, by Tambura

          @mohammed ali
          Two days ago you were singing song of victory that south Sudan is begging north to sign agreement, I told you wait to today instead of that. now you should berry your head in sand and leave rest of your body out side fool, you got a gut even to come here sham... We should go to north to cut hands and feet of thieves whom stole our oil.... No oil for you again

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    • 16 February 2012 07:54, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Mohmmed Ali

      When writing to the public,please write correct spelling.


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  • 15 February 2012 10:59, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

    Khartoum lacks will to resolve Oil dispute with Juba if it continues to put forward the same or more figure charge per barrel: from $32.02 to $ 36 per barrel this time round. Why should GOSS bother of oil negotiation when Khartoum is not up for any deal?
    Another issue that I failed to understand is this oil South Sudan lead Negotiator Hon. Pagan talks of as 2.4 million barrels that Khartoum holds

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  • 15 February 2012 11:08, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

    Mohammed Ali and Jalaby, listen guys, who suffers most? South or North Sudan? You seem to be too ignorant of the fact that there is no factual figure your northern delegation is putting forward to resolve this oil dispute. Where in this world that a charge per barrel would go for $ 36? Who benefits; owner or worker? South owns oil, north is a worker. All these pipelines that you are talking about

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  • 15 February 2012 11:23, by Morthon Akol

    comrade Martin, you are right people should understand what is the topic about. but as you know sometime fools people have no interest in understanding; they just only want to air their own opinion.

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  • 15 February 2012 11:44, by Padiet Deng Alony

    I do not know why people are still talking about transite fee of crude through north facilities. that chapter is closed with oil shut down.

    border demarcation and Abyei should be solve instead of wasting time to pay greedy north $36 per barrel

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    • 15 February 2012 12:40, by mohammed ali

      Aloey, are you sure that they shut it down?!

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  • 15 February 2012 11:54, by Akolde Nhiak Jinub

    were bought with our money from this same oil of South Sudan.
    Islamic laws do not allow stealing! Why is Khartoum Islamist NCP leaders led by Omar Al Bashir and all Arab Muslims stealing South Sudan oil?? Is this not against Guran doctrines? Is it the same as that you can kill non-muslim and not another Muslim, for you can’t be punished by Mohammed!? Remember, North Sudan suffers most than South.

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  • 15 February 2012 12:20, by Anynya One

    If you see how Israel cooperates with their friends, that’s how I would handle Arabs and deal with this North Non-Sudanese fake Arabs. They want it, cool..take it. Don’t want it, get the fuck off my way! Let them dumb themselves in to the Red Sea; who cares. If they turn stubborn, act carelessly seeking war, this is it! must face the heat! obliterate targets in the city. No jungle wars again!

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  • 15 February 2012 12:28, by Koc Jang ee Ngaar

    Why is this thief, monj thei negotiating for us muonjang? I’m sure he is part of the reason for our failures in Addis. But, I’ll leave it at that with the insults.

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  • 15 February 2012 15:57, by pabaak

    This negotiation will go on and on without an end, what the points of discussion here if they knew that no body will give a ground to the other. So the negotiation has become oil issue without talk on the real issues of CPA. So SPLM in next round will discuss $36 VS $.69, somebody has to make a math if there is any gain in this negotiations.

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  • 15 February 2012 18:24, by s sudan boy

    I’m not supprising that the list of top 13 corruptors of juba gov includes mr president and his vice president. Here’ s the names bellow;
    Kiir @ $300million
    riek @ $260million
    Akuein @$180million
    athorbei@ $50million
    gier @ $75million
    Alor @ 34million
    wani @$28million
    why are they claims that are stealing oil and they show them how gov can steals.

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    • 16 February 2012 03:29, by Elijah B. Elkan

      Mr. S. S. boy, I think you are smart, but hiding behind fake fake name and making ridiculous allegations shows you are a coward. Don’t you feel stupid went you write idiotic comments as such. It’s embarrassing to many of your readers. The best think about your comment is you use fake name this way no one really know how simple minded you’re. However, in due time you will be identify.

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  • 15 February 2012 19:40, by BM Bol

    We all know any talk on fee is never going to produce anything. Juba is aware Khartoum going to try to drop their current demand from $36 to $30 or under as part of compromise on the next round, but South Sudan would of course reject it. All RSS leadership needs to do at this point is to work on alternative routes.

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