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South Sudan rebels warn French oil company against pipeline project


By Toby Collins

December 10, 2011 (LONDON) – South Sudanese rebels warned a French petroleum group that their permission must be sought before the construction of a pipeline to export oil produced in the newly independent country through Uganda and Kenya.

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South Sudan oil workers, Unity state (AFP)

At the 20th World Petroleum Congress held in Doha this week, Total announced a proposal to adapt the pipeline planned to take Ugandan oil to the Kenyan coast to accommodate oil produced in landlocked South Sudan as well.

Juba seeks an alternative to export its oil, which is the main source of revenue of the newly independent state, instead of a Sudanese port on the Red Sea. Sudan and South Sudan have failed to reach an agreement on transportation fees besides many other outstanding issues, since the south’s independence in July.

"The idea of constructing oil pipeline could not be possible without expressed permission from SSLA," said the South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA) in a statement issued on 10 December, two days after statements made by Total officials.

The SSLA is critical of Total’s "naivety" in dealing with the Juba government when "the oilfields of Unity State operate for the time being because of SSLA’s approval." They went say that the construction of such pipeline can only be decided by a "democratic government" after the "demise of Salva Kiir’s regime".

The rebels who claim to "control more than forty percent of rural areas" of oil producing Unity state said that Total should understand that Juba can not guarantee their safety when they start to construct the proposed pipeline.

Juba accuses Khartoum of supporting rebels in the oil producing region but the rebels reject these accusations saying such allegations aim to discredit them and present them as agents implementing the agenda of a foreign country.

The SSLA rebels say their "financial support comes from South Sudan Diaspora that buy weapons and fly them to our bases in Unity State and Upper Nile. The Diaspora contribute a lot of money monthly to SSLA. Our Diaspora members buy weapons from Eastern Europe and fly them to South Sudan."

The SSLA claim to have 9,000 troops with a further 1,200 in training in Mayom county, Unity state.

Various countries which supported the independence of South Sudan and the UN sought to mediate between the South Sudan government and the different rebel group but Juba declined the offer.

SSLA officials say that four rebel groups including the SSLM/A have reached an agreement to merge, which will be formally announced and elaborated upon on 17 December.


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  • 11 December 2011 06:59, by Green

    This is the big evident that you’r being sponsor by the khratoum govt! it is very clear now! You are bunch of stupid creatures, who dont know what they are fighting for. Khartoum have degrading us for years but you still on thier side! How massive stupid are you!

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    • 11 December 2011 07:36, by Diu J.Kuek

      What this hopeless Rebel talking about South is in war with Sudan while they expressing such unacceptable demand denying this golden alternative Idea to divert construction of oil pipeline to Kenya port.which legitimacy do they have and who can recognise such rebel fight without clear cause.Kiir should not make mistake again to accept them back to Juba without accountability before military Court

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      • 11 December 2011 07:56, by Green

        Lack of nationalism is bigger enemy to us! the values human kind has been perpuate by love of money and power! people dont know, what issues, they should fight and issues that can be solve through negiation. But whom do you have to blame? major of people are illiterate,they cant translate some issues!big problem. they’r followers most of the time, especially in Nuer land, its game!

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        • 11 December 2011 09:35, by Matiop Panchol

          I agree with you Diu! South Sudan youth are being exploited by some corrupt persons who form rebel groups just for personal benefit! The youth should abandon these self-interested persons who call themselves rebel leaders! They are using the youth to destroy the future of their own children and grandchildren! That is unacceptable.

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      • 11 December 2011 08:05, by Diu J.Kuek

        The rebels back by Khartoum Government wagging such an stupid war against their own brothers I am totally opposing this rebellion from the beganing what kind of democratic system can bring through violence so all of us agreed that last election was not free and fair beyond reasonable doubt but national interest is the major one. our difference must be resolve but no room for destructive wishers.

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      • 11 December 2011 20:30, by SSLA/M Supporter

        Hello blind supporters of the corrupted SPLA/M regime!

        SSLA/M means what it says, you better get it rights! that any petroleum company that aims to deal with oil production or exploration in Unity state and some part of the Greater Upper Region, must consult us first for approval, otherwise we will not honour any deal made between those companies and that illegitimate SPLM dominated regime..cont

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        • 11 December 2011 20:38, by SSLA/M Supporter

          in that lawless zoo called Juba! Later on, some companies that don’t abide by our rules, will become our legitimate targets!

          What nonsenses called Kenya or Uganda! We refuse our oil to be exported through those corrupted eastern African countries as we don’t want SPLA/M thieves to go and hide our oil monies in the banks of those corrupt nations while leaving our people to starve to death.

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          • 12 December 2011 17:03, by Gen. Madcat

            What I would like to tell to the SSLA wherever, they are that you will not able to overthrown the Juba Government with those empties mine of yours of Jalaba and Uneducated people of the same tribes who are in your movement. Please stop killing of your own fellow South Sudanese without a cause of wishing war against them.You are a just a backing dogs of Unity State, Upper Nile,Fiji, pibor,& Fangak

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        • 11 December 2011 21:05, by SSLA/M Supporter

          I meant to say: in some parts of Greater Upper Nile Region!

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    • 11 December 2011 07:51, by Master

      Why stupid - its pretty smart - scare the french company so they change their minds !! What goes around comes around

      The SPLA did the same thing to the Western Companies when Garang was in charge and fighting in the 90’s. So its a very smart move by the SSLA ! How absurd when you cheer the SPLM-N in Sudan, but dismiss your own rebellions as traitors !! Either your against both or for. Hypocricy.

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      • 11 December 2011 08:03, by Green

        @ Master!
        You’r really of stupidity! do have to be proud for someone who claim nothing, who will bring nothing to our communities but death! What is that analogy of SPLA-N and this rebel in s. sudan? This rebel have no point, no reason for them to go to the bush in the first place? you making no sense pls!they are threatening our lives, and you think, we’ll be by them? you need to replace ur bria

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      • 11 December 2011 20:51, by SSLA/M Supporter

        Mr. Master

        You are absolutely right sir! SPLA/M thieves, under their dead commander, whose controversial baldhead is portrayed on the SPLA/M currency in RoSS, used to do worse than that! Who bombed the French company in the in Jonglei canal 1980s? Not the SPLA/M terrorists! And now, so what if we want do the same in the time of their corrupt regime?

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        • 11 December 2011 21:02, by SSLA/M Supporter

          We must speed up the war by cutting off the head of the snake, this rubbish regime depends on our oil, so we must cut the oil export and the regime will collapse like an air bubble! Any company that doesn’t want to comply with our rules will be destroyed just like that French company destroyed by SPLA terrorists! how many civilian aeroplanes ,cars destroyed by SPLA thugs during their wasted war!

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    • 11 December 2011 11:24, by J P Puok

      my dear SS pple, there is nothing new on this threat rather its being self explanatory one. this so called rebel have never left Khartuom a part from their new arrival Athor, Bapiny, Gai Yoach, Carlo Kuol were there even before CPA. they know nothing better than licking their masters boots which will not last them long.they threat Bentiu only recently which fail to mature pure propaganda.

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  • 11 December 2011 07:02, by omoni jr.

    one tribe can never harm and cause instability in the republic of south sudan.
    Nuer alone are affected by so called corruption in south sudan.Corruption is all over the world but people dont take the guns and for corruption. This is primitive way of eradicating corruption.Look, how many Nuer civilians in mayom county were killed when SSLA used them as human shield?

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    • 11 December 2011 07:10, by Green

      They dont learn and they care for humans lives! it is their culture, they dont respect human lives and also the bigger problem for them, they dont value leadership! This war is not about corruption, it is about their stupidity! Who in this world can take arms and claim to fight corruption by foce! corruption is systematical issues! system has to be build to block people fr corupting system!

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      • 11 December 2011 07:16, by Green

        every where in west societies where people think there is no corruption! it is because of technology, there is no single bank or any institution deal with money with no cameras around! Never, you’ll not find that place! it is one of measure of blocking corruption there! plus, documents, anything going out regarding money has to be documented and someone else will review it, first approach!

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    • 11 December 2011 07:16, by Mi diit

      Omoni jr,

      What do you mean one tribe? I believe you are not a South Sudanese or you don’t even know tribes in South Sudan.

      George Athor who leads the rebellion in South Sudan is from Dinka close to Bor. And Abdel Bagi Ayii another one who rebelled is from Dinka of Bahr el Ghazal.

      peter Abdel Rahman Sule who was captured in action as a rebel is from Bari tribe of Juba, etc.

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      • 11 December 2011 07:23, by Green

        it is not about to name rebel by tribes, but what is the aim of fighting in the first place? that why he related that idea to your community’s stupidity! period! if that not stupidity, why do alot of people from your tribe support that rebell group? other people look at you, you look like human, but you act like dog, which doesnt have mental state, of knowing, what is wrong and what rights!

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      • 11 December 2011 07:26, by omoni jr.

        am talking about SSLA,please go to youtube and hear what language they use for sing songs.neither English or ARABIC.
        George Athor was fighting for governorship post.
        Sultan Ayii fight for 30% of muslims position,which he will never and ever get demands,and Peter Abdel Rahaman was trying to joined L.R.A.So ,all are visionless rebels.

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        • 11 December 2011 07:36, by Green

          it is a nuer language, not dinka! the big problem in S.Sudan, people dont know each other! generalization is the problem. If someone want to know more about Dinka, please give yourself time and make your own research!Im not trying to promote their values, but at least, there is no body with such values that Dinka has, across Africa, but only in sudan.

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          • 11 December 2011 07:57, by omoni jr.

            Green .
            You right man,but Iam not against Nuer people,they are our fellow citizens ,but they need to change their minds.
            No one want to die because of corruption war. Only primitive like SSLA can kill and butchered themselves in the name of "Nuer End Corruption Operation" what a shame!!!!!

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            • 11 December 2011 09:48, by Matiop Panchol

              Omoni jr,

              You have a grain of tribalism stuck in your brain. The problem is not NUER!!! Do you get it???!!! The problem is individuals who are getting money from Khartoum in order to sabotage the South. Is George Athor Nuer? No, he one of these crazy men who decide to form a rebel group after losing his FIRST EVER ELECTION in a new democratic country.

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              • 11 December 2011 09:59, by Matiop Panchol

                It is up to us, the youth of South Sudan to rectify this situation, otherwise this country is gonna go to ruins. This is our future, whether you are in America, Australia or Europe. We need to unite to rescue this nation instead of spreading tribal sentiments. We must all unite and deny these crazy warlords recruits; if they have people fighting for them, they will seek peaceful means.

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    • 11 December 2011 07:46, by Land-of-Cush

      Omonni or what ever you are!

      Stop talking about Nuer in general.These are only small clan of Nuer Bentiu in Mayom County that known as Bul Nuer.
      If these are all Nuer as you mention, they can distroyed all south sudan and no one can talk, but you will not except this because you don’t know who they are. Iam not supporting the rebel but you want to mine your language about the name’s Nuer oK!

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      • 11 December 2011 08:02, by omoni jr.

        Land of cush or cuzi pussy nigga.
        love you bro,I dont general all Nuer,i know what am talking about sir.

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      • 11 December 2011 08:19, by Peter Marko

        @ land-of-kush

        Brother no tribe in South Sudan is capable of destroying our nation. So if you do thing that your tribemen do have a capacity to exterminate the other tribes, then u r day-dreaming. Yet I do agree with u that we should not be mentioning the tribe names here, period. It does not mean that is SSLA are all Nuers, than the rest of the nuers people support them.

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      • 11 December 2011 08:20, by Green

        @land!How mighty is nuer community? educate yourself! the war of Vitnam in 1950s, they mighty America and Soviet, didnt wipe out the population there. Nuer cannt sucess and will not in anything, because leadership is matter most. Nuer doesnt obey the central authority.strategies come when you obey the authority command! unity is very important, but you havent!just empty drum!

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      • 11 December 2011 10:18, by Matiop Panchol

        You are right. These problems are not caused by whole tribes. Not even all the BUL NUER people want war to continue in South Sudan. They want their children to go to schools and development to come to their area instead of more guns and violence. The problem is 1 or 2 people, handsomely paid by Khartoum to destabilize the South. These people exploit only tribal loyality to get recruits

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      • 12 December 2011 15:05, by SSLA/M Supporter

        Land-of Kush

        Don’t even try to divide Nuer please!if that mnotherfucker called Omoni jr insult Nuer of Bantiu he must know that he insult all Nuer! because Nuer is Nuer!

        Omoni Jr the monkey from equatorian! come and suck my Nuer dick son of whore before I fuck your pussy!

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    • 11 December 2011 08:48, by Diu J.Kuek

      This so called Omoni jr always behave like prostitute woman who conducting her business without direction whoever come first is her customer how can to generalize the whole community and who are you go back to your tribe compare to Nuer tribe please last warning we are here condemning this destablizing situation that cause by those rebels I will not go further.

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    • 11 December 2011 21:45, by SSLA/M Supporter

      Omonai jr

      Nuer tribe alone is capable of destroying RoSS with its all cockroaches called tribes! We did it before during our Nuer conquest era, when we were expanding like hell in Southern Sudan, confiscating Anyuak and Dinka lands in what became our Nuer territory of today! Thanks to our humanity we absorbed all those who used to live in those areas into Nuer! We were advansing towards Equatoria

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      • 11 December 2011 21:56, by SSLA/M Supporter

        If not stopped by the Brits! Get it right my friend! Because Nuer tribe is bigger than your cockroach called tribe! If we want to make RoSS another Somalia, Nuer Land can breakaway within hours if not in minutes! You and Green must clean your dirty mouths before you make Nuer decide on what they don’t want to do! that is somalisation of RoSS!

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  • 11 December 2011 08:19, by George Bol

    Bunch of losers with mental capacity. There is going to be a time when SPLA will respond to these bunch of losers. Take care for your lives dear Nyagats. Thanks

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  • 11 December 2011 08:24, by Peter Marko


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    • 11 December 2011 08:38, by Land-of-Cush

      George Bol you and those new arrivals Peter, green and like in this website turn your mouths to SSLA ok. I was replying only Omoni but mention non of your name here or your tribs.

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  • 11 December 2011 08:27, by Land-of-Cush

    I know you will reply me with such language but make sure I am not that types of you and Dinka D SPLM/A if you follow up all my coments. Because I was not growing up in such life with no respect. I was telling you that the rebel you talk about are not all Nuer. One again if you remeber I had told you last year that we Nuer don’t have any problem with you Equatorian but you don’t except i

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    • 11 December 2011 08:34, by George Bol

      Land of Cush,

      Where is Mayom County? Who are the inhabitants?
      All you do always are ground zero. vision less and stupidity are doing to blind the Bashier beggars.

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      • 11 December 2011 08:40, by Land-of-Cush

        sorry George Bol

        I don’t have heart attact ok.

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      • 12 December 2011 14:57, by SSLA/M Supporter

        Gorge Bull

        Mayom county is in the heart of Nuerland, because the nucleus of the movement is Nuerland, we are fighting SPLA/M corrupted regime there, it’s our strong hold because our fighters will at home among their supporters just like SPLA/M militia used to fight khartoum from south Sudan! unity is the head of RoSS if we cut it off then you will shit on yourselves in the zoo called Juba!

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    • 11 December 2011 08:53, by omoni jr.

      Land of cush.
      am sorry buddy, i do apologize for that and just take easy and let go bro.
      And thanks you for reminding me that....

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  • 11 December 2011 09:54, by Daniel Buolmawei

    "The SSLA rebels say their "financial support comes from South Sudan Diaspora that buy weapons and fly them to our bases in Unity State and Upper Nile. The Diaspora contribute a lot of money monthly to SSLA. Our Diaspora members buy weapons from Eastern Europe and fly them to South Sudan."

    Who are these Diasporas? It might be true but a few of your relatives who are visionless like you.

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    • 11 December 2011 10:27, by Matiop Panchol


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  • 11 December 2011 11:28, by J P Puok

    This writter : Toby colins I always doubt his writting and given his based in London, some misinformation to him may blow the lit off the pot

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  • 11 December 2011 16:44, by Yanga Wani

    It is real that this rebel are supported by Khartoum. They mentioned that their big financial support comes from black arab (south sudan diaspora)buy weapons fly them to their bases. North Sudan is the only diaspora country which support this rebel to ruin the life of innocent people in the south sudan!

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    • 11 December 2011 17:50, by Matiop Panchol

      You are right, these few persons who receive money from Bashir to carry out his agenda. These people have no interest in the posperity of South Sudan, they are just filling their pockets with Bashir’s money and keep destroying the lifes of their own people, the villages where they were borne. Some of the villagers may support them only because they are from the same tribe.

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      • 11 December 2011 18:09, by Matiop Panchol


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  • 11 December 2011 19:03, by Mapuor

    Majority of Nuers dear guys are SPLM membres they will defeat those thugs who pretend to represent the Nuers.

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