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Sudan admits to confiscating a portion of South Sudan’s oil


January 3, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese foreign ministry today confirmed that a portion of oil pumped by South Sudan passing through the north’s pipelines is seized by Khartoum, but stressed that this is done with Juba’s knowledge.

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FILE - Sudan’s President Omer Hassan al-Bashir welcomes his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir (center R) during his arrival at Khartoum Airport October 8, 2011 (Reuters)

In his New Year message, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir accused Sudan of taking part of his country’s oil without permission.

Kiir did not offer any details but described this as ’looting in a broad day light’.

The foreign ministry spokesperson, al-Obaid Ahmed Marwih, said that Sudan is not stealing the oil but taking it as a form of payment for the south’s use of its the pipelines. He emphasised that this procedure was announced last November and communicated to Juba, the mediators and oil companies.

“What we take out of [the South’s] oil is with the knowledge of everyone and certainly once an agreement is reached between the two countries on the prices for [using the north’s oil] infrastructure it will be deducted from the oil proceeds" Marwih said.

The Sudanese official pointed out that what was taken so far would be included in the negotiations between the two countries on oil transit fees.

The African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) chaired by former South African president Thabo Mbeki has hosted several rounds of talks between Khartoum and Juba to resolve the dispute over how much should be charged for the use of the oil pipelines owned by Sudan, which transports the crude to export terminals in the coastal city of Port Sudan.

Sudan wants a quick agreement as it undergoes an economic crisis caused by the loss of 75% of its oil reserves after the south became an independent statelast July.

Late last year Khartoum warned that it would close down the oil pipelines until $727 million in arrears are paid. But the decision was quickly reversed following criticism from China, who imports 5% of its oil from South Sudan.


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  • 4 January 2012 09:30, by Snipper

    Robbery is taking place because of the weak government in Juba which is just contented with the little it gets so long as it covers salaries and accommodation. RSS will not deliver!!! In my state, a 20km road construction which began in 2007 is still in progress! Only God will help South Sudan as stated in National anthem!

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    • 4 January 2012 11:03, by Chanson

      What the funny story. They are caught red handed stealing our oil by the Juba government. That is why they accepting it to be confiscation. What they wicked world...

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    • 4 January 2012 13:00, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      A selfish man is a thief, that is what Bashir and his gang groups doing.

      A thief believes everybody steals and that is what this wicked fake Arab son called Mahammad Ali is trying to say here. what a shame to son of thieives mother and father.

      Our separation from fake arab of Sudan is a pain in their asses.

      Death to thievies

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      • 4 January 2012 14:03, by P.K.M

        This is all lame exucesses, of course the thieves will never admit they were stealing, but the question is, if what they were doing were done with Juba’s knowledge, then why did president Kiir came up with accusation that Khartoum is stealing oil?

        Sudan has been enjoying 100% of entire oil before and after the war, we know now it’s going to be hard for Sudan to loose almost 80% of oil revenues to South Sudan. What we have seen from Sudan now is a desperation.

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      • 4 January 2012 15:02, by Hardball

        If South Sudan need to avoid these thief, all they need to do is stop the pumping of oil. If the oil companies defies the South Sudan authorities orders then fire them and hire the new oil companies! That’s all the president Kirr power to do that.

        The new companies are out there in the world market looking for jobs. Please stop complaining that they are stealing the oil. Shutdown the pipeline, it’s as simple as that. Used alternative route!

        What country or institution is not going to loan South Sudan money if it has that much oil underground? Th IMF will.

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        • 4 January 2012 19:49, by Alan_Bard

          You have chosen a very good nick name for you Mr. ,because a bal is a piece of rubber and plastic, and empty in the inside, what the hell you talking about shutting the pip???? Did you ask yourself 1st what is S.Sudan source of income a part for petrol? How will get that oil out of that jungle.

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          • 4 January 2012 20:01, by Alan_Bard

            Hard Ball
            Your Jungle lake of infrastructure, and motorways and railways, will defiantly help you allot Mr. , to build another pipe through Kenya through that will cost lots of money and time,

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            • 4 January 2012 20:03, by Alan_Bard


              I love that name man, so shout that Pip no money and no development and many starving southerners, in the middle of a jungle for the rest of your live MR. wise man, you must be the smartest ass in all South Sudan yet you talk out of your ass rather than you brain

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      • 4 January 2012 20:55, by Ahmed Chol

        Khartoum fears no consequences from S. Sudan and this is why they steal our oil. Our government is also blind. If you don’t think so,then ask Salva so that he can tell you exactly how Khartoum has been doing this? What makes you trust Khartoum when you let them handle everything for us?

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    • 4 January 2012 15:04, by Kashta

      It looks to me that South Sudan government can definitely do something about it, they can shut it down for one. Yes, just stop it once and for all. Enough with this pathetic attitude of complaining and wining over and over. For crying out loud, North Sudan is not holding a gun to your head and forcing you to use their pipeline.

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    • 4 January 2012 19:09, by Alan_Bard

      Mr. Snipper
      One question I hop you will answer, which world do actually live in ??? where did you se a thief robed some people and admitted, in the place of the word robbery may be you should use what you got in your skull and just let’s just call it duty fee, or taxes for services.

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      • 4 January 2012 19:11, by Alan_Bard

        Mr. Snipper
        you have chosen to go your own way and called Arab in the north the enemy, so way do not you pay your own duty way North need to continuo baying for you and babysitting you like in the past, let’s see how you will get up of your ass and do work and bay your duty, rather than site and weal and cry for free services

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  • 4 January 2012 09:38, by Sir. Nostalgic

    Mahammed Ali,Jalabia and Sam, are you not thieves now? Now South Sudan has been running poor for decades but it has never been caught a thief; however when North loses oil’s revenue for 6 months only makes it steal from neighboring country. Ha! this is so radiculous and so, Bashir will even steal from Uganda or Kenya or any other country around here. Fake Arabs are running greedy. Thujoo!

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    • 4 January 2012 09:42, by Sir. Nostalgic

      Hi Mahammed Ali, Jalabia and Eto’o, you have been asking us on how people run poor in South Sudan, however you are going to face and experience soon on how people run poor in the country. Our answer remains the same that we are poor because Arabs in North have been taking all our resources and leave us with nothing. Sorry indeed!

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    • 4 January 2012 09:49, by mohammed ali

      Nostalgic, you want to use the pipeline,storing facilities,processing and port facilities for seven months without paying anything!If this is not robery what do you call it?!Pipe-line is not just a pipe through which the oil will just flow.There are pumps which need energy to operate,chemicals to be added so that it wont clogs, heating to maintain it liquid and fluent, workers, engineers who ..con

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      • 4 January 2012 09:56, by mohammed ali

        ..must be paid.Whom do you excepect to pay all this money for almost now 8 months!It is just funny!The problem is that the GOSS has no money to pay for this service, all the money was & is looooted and transfered abroad and any money which comes quickly evapourates.So, blame Khartoum.$ 1.5 billion looted in one year,what would you excpect!The easy way ..blame Khartoum and the fake Arabs..so easy!

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        • 4 January 2012 11:14, by SeekingTruth


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          • 4 January 2012 11:19, by SeekingTruth


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            • 4 January 2012 13:46, by mohammed ali

              Truth, you are not seeking any truth and when you find it, seems you go to the opposite direction!Sudan has rights also!Even if it was built with SS money, there are costs also to incure.Who will pay? When is SS government is going to pay?How much Khartoum should wait?Now more than 8 months, who will pay for the people working in all these facilities? Be rational, Sudan did what it said it will do

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            • 4 January 2012 14:28, by SSLA/M Supporter

              Truth Seeking!

              Mohamed Ali is absolutely right! SS a separate entity, that is what is meant by independency, to look after yourself! So, why are we expecting North Sudan to look after us now!

              Sudan has its own problems to solve! The main motive behind the separation of South Sudan by SPLA/M and American administration is the abundance of oil in South Sudan! If the opposite is true.....

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              • 4 January 2012 14:40, by SSLA/M Supporter

                no anyone would have wasted his/her energy thinking about separation of SS! Sudan has the right to make you pay for Portb Sudan and oil pipelines as they are Sudanese facilities whose maintenance require expertise and thus cost monies!! No pain no gains!why do you expect Sudan to do you charity! what is the point of being independent then if north must continue to look after you!ridicules isn’t?

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      • 4 January 2012 12:24, by Chanson

        Dear Mohammed Ali you are right coz Paying pipeline,storing facilities and list goes long is something must coz nothing for free in this world but the way the Khartoum government did this thing is unaccetable way of making Bs (business).By the way how do you call someone who have taken your property without ur knowledge?

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        • 4 January 2012 13:57, by mohammed ali

          Chanson,and what you will do with somebody who is occuping your property without paying for 8 months? Sudan said clearly that they will take their sure as oil untill an agreement is reached; it was on all nwespapers including S. Tribune!

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      • 4 January 2012 14:17, by P.K.M

        Mohammed, where did you get the money to built those facilities you’re talking about? The monies were from the oil in South Sudan. What make you think the facilities are now yours or Sudan properties? Stop being oblivious! Tell us where you got the funds to pay for the building of the pipeline if South Sudan didn’t pay for all the facilities?

        Look, you can’t debate us here on facts to win! you can only used lies.

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        • 4 January 2012 15:06, by mohammed ali

          PKK,Oblivious!What makes me think that they are ours?Oh, that means they are yours, and me oblivious!When we built the facilities SS had no money.Simply because the pipeline was built before selling "your oil"Up to this date you are not collecting taxes or customes.Your budget depends more than 98% on oil.The fact is that the pipeline is ours.Even if it is not ours the pipeline isn’t simple.. con

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          • 4 January 2012 15:19, by mohammed ali

            ..conduit through which the oil will run swiftly and spontaneously,it needs enrgy, pumps, chemical; port facilities as well needs services.So, when you want to pay for these facilities and it’s manpower after 8 months?!It also passes through our land.The problem is that you think in terms of win/ loose situation.I donnot want to win ,we want to reach a mutual consensus, benifical to all!

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          • 4 January 2012 16:49, by P.K.M

            Mohammed, you see, you’re totally oblivious, there is not question about that now base on your answer, and here is the fact, the pipeline was built using borrowed money from China and evidences are there in black and white on files.

            Your regime seems to be on desperation now on how to pay all that much money back.
            Your debt may be forgiven by England but China did not. So please don’t defies the facts, built your arguement with truths otherwise every lies you’re building will just break apart.

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            • 4 January 2012 20:21, by Alan_Bard

              what is wrong from borrowing money from China to build a pipe?? let just tell you that the USA your Maca, is the largest borrower in the world from China,all Europe are in dept to china Mr. Smart Ass, just tow weeks ago your president was borrowing from Israel when the American told him bissoff no money or arms, since you sold all your Oil to China

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            • 4 January 2012 21:01, by mohammed ali

              PKM, I think you are lying to yourself! I asked you a direct question: let us suppose the pipeline is yours, is at all? does the pipeline has got a runing cost? there main poster stations to pump oil , they need energy, spare parts,operators..etc who will pay this money? You dlibrately escaped to answer this question..because you and only you want to defey facts and turn a blind eye.

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      • 4 January 2012 20:12, by Alan_Bard

        Mohamed Ali you wasting your time, of course this people do not know what it cost to run an Oil pipe line,since when thy managed a country natural resources?? you can open the accounting books wide open on this site and thy will not have a clue what you on about, so save your breathe, good S.Sudan PPL are all over the south, not this nonsense talking fuckweds over here

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  • 4 January 2012 09:38, by kuac Agol

    The big thief admitted of having been stealing the oil of South Sudan for so long.

    Look at him trying to cheat the world of being a thief for only one day.

    Your be friend to South sudan government is 1% percent.

    What a big shame on him.

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  • 4 January 2012 09:48, by Lang

    There’s no difference between this terrorist government and Somali pirates. First they abduct our people in the north and now steal our resources.
    It’s time for a new pipeline and to cut ties with this criminal country.

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  • 4 January 2012 10:06, by E. Defense Forces

    Bravo Sudan! go ahead take the whole it.We done see any benefit of it anyway. Kiir and Company SPLA/M transfers the money direct to their personnel account,so it doesn’t matter. If they sue you to court just cut the damn pipe see if SPLA/M going to drink the oil or beg.

    Viva Equatoria
    Viva Murle
    God Bless RSS

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  • 4 January 2012 11:08, by Ruach Jing

    As for my point of view I don’t blame Sudan because its even said in the Bible that if you are cheating person who doesn’t no his right it is not a sin. Now why are we shouting? I don’t see why Kiir and his Cabinet plus parliament are thinking. The only easily way is to close it down and construct our own pipeline to Kenya. How many companies coming in for pipeline and the so Minster of Petroleum.

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    • 4 January 2012 15:41, by mohammed ali

      Look guys you donnot need to be so emmotinal. This is business.This is service for which your govenment has to pay; it can’t be free for 8 months.You need to be realistic,too! SS cannot build a pipeline in the near future.It is not feasible because of the high running cost and even if it is feasible it is very expensive: $ 10 billions!Nobody will fund you because of the very high country risk:..c

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      • 4 January 2012 15:55, by mohammed ali

        ..due to 1- very high level of corruption" in one year $ 1.5 billions not accounted for and another one 2 billions", chaos and turmoil internally and a potential war with Sudan " 2-Very short life of the oil, up 2017 only.

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        • 4 January 2012 20:06, by Elijah B. Elkan

          Mr. Ali, I really do respect you, but what you wrote here make no senses. ".due to 1- very high level of corruption" in one year $ 1.5 billions not accounted for and another one 2 billions", chaos and turmoil internally and a potential war with Sudan " 2-Very short life of the oil, up 2017 only. A thief is always a thief, regardless how Khartoum sugar code it.

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      • 4 January 2012 16:21, by Agutran

        Ali, please stop preaching us! you’re not that smart to tell us what is reasonable and what is not! because if you were, you wouldn’t have let South Sudan took off with almost 80% of entire Sudan valuable rources, let’s face the facts!

        Sudan was producing half a million barels or more per day, 80% of that is what South is going to produce daily. Funding the new pipeline will not be an issue, so please don’t tell us what is possible and what is not, it will be all under control.

        Stop thinking of Southerners as people that doesn’t have a clue.

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        • 4 January 2012 20:35, by Alan_Bard

          Agutran,S.Sudan people are one of the smartest people in Africa,and if they are not reacting to El Basher it is just because thy know what they are capable of for the moment,where are going to build this Pipe through, Kenya?? and when kenya side with Bashir in change of politics?? you are back to SQ. one again, no wonder way Mohamed talk to you personally as a Fuckwid

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  • 4 January 2012 11:15, by Ruach Jing

    Some of those companies said is matter of six months the pipeline is done. Why are u miss using ur own money Mr President? I have the another, the reason is the oil will be too restricted and monitoring by that company because they want their money back there will be no way of stealing money like the deal they normally do will Omer.

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    • 4 January 2012 11:55, by E. Defense Forces

      Keep dreaming brother

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    • 4 January 2012 15:59, by mohammed ali

      You cannot build a house in 6 months!

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  • 4 January 2012 12:19, by paul lamu

    do really people of RSS, and the National Assembly of RSS know how much money do RSS get in a month from the Oil, or the money which is get from the oil is only for few clicks in the GoSS. Am 100% sure that there is unimagined corruption cases in the oil sector that are not been see, PLEASE our ANTI-Corruption Commission should move faster to investigate the oil sector.

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  • 4 January 2012 12:34, by santoz.2

    this Arabs are trying to mess with us, they gonna soon.

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  • 4 January 2012 12:36, by wadelsudan


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  • 4 January 2012 14:18, by paweetdit


    My advices to President Kiir, plesase take CARE! I know you have caught them red handed but huging a thief is like catch a snake tail, please get hold at neck but not hunging him.
    Good job Salva!

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  • 4 January 2012 15:04, by Majongdulthii Anyang-majongduldit

    The South need to know that the pipelines were built using the oil in region if they pipelines why they have other line which doesn’t originate from the South i urge the government to give them a very little portion because beggars have no choice ’’let then not decide on the portion to be given to them’’

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  • 4 January 2012 15:34, by abdullah

    You South Sudanese don’t understand situation here in North Sudan since your country got independence, our Economy is collapsing, Inflation very high,things is out of control, the dictatorial regime is milking the country, spending on it’s Army to suppress the masses, no freedoms of speech for anybody who try to speak up,that why now the regime is desperate and started to Looting southern oil.

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    • 4 January 2012 21:14, by mohammed ali

      Abdulla, I donnot think you are from Sudan. Because I donnot see any economic collapse. Yes there rising prices and high inflation it is around 18%, it is really very.Loss of oil revenues has caused us some sort recession.But inflation in your oil rich country SS, is 65% and prices had more than quadriple.One bread is one pound.Here 4-5 pices of bread are for 1 pound; you can make your assessment

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      • 5 January 2012 00:44, by Daniel Buolmawei

        Mohammed, the problem is you the so-called Arabs in Sudan have never felt shamed. You advocated Islamic state which can be ruled by Sharia. In sharia, if you steal, your hands must be cut off, what part you suggest to be cut off now? You are known liars and now you appear to be known thieves as well, you betrayed Arabs worldwide, and I think they will begin to stop listening to you.

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  • 4 January 2012 18:27, by James Maker Akok

    Please please South Sudan Government! no more talk with North Sudan Government about oil again, build a new pipeline from south Sudan to Kenya.

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