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Khartoum pessimistic about prospects of reaching agreement with Juba during next round of talks


January 13, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – A senior official in the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) downplayed the chances of resolving outstanding issues with South Sudan in the upcoming round of talks scheduled to take place in Addis Ababa next Monday.

Ibrahim Ghandour (SUNA Photo)

The NCP spokesperson Ibrahim Ghandour accused South Sudan of lacking seriousness in reaching a resolution particularly with Pagan Amum, Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM) Secretary General, being the head of the delegation sent by Juba.

In a radio interview broadcast on Friday, Ghandour described Amum as a “warlord” who will not contribute in formulating a compromise and urged the United States and the United Kingdom to put pressure on South Sudan and advise it to refrain from escalating the situation towards war.

He revealed that there is a military build up by South Sudan close to the disputed border region of Abyei and blamed Amum and the South Sudan minister of cabinet affairs Deng Alor of pushing towards a military takeover of the oil-rich district.

Abyei region remains in dispute between Sudan and South Sudan after a planned vote to determine the status of the area failed to take place a year ago due to disagreements between the two sides on who has the right to vote.

Sudanese forces moved in to Abyei last May in retaliation to an attack reportedly carried out by Southern troops. The clashes displaced tens of thousands in the weeks before South Sudan seceded from Sudan.

Later Khartoum and Juba signed a deal agreeing to withdraw their forces and replace them with United Nations (UN) peacekeepers from Ethiopia. However, Khartoum is refusing to pull out until peacekeepers are fully deployed and a local administration is established.

Another hotly contested issue between the two countries is the fees that landlocked South Sudan should pay for using the north’s pipelines to transport its oil for exportation to the outside world.

Ghandour defended the NCP’s position saying that South Sudan wants to pay only 75 cents per barrel which he said goes against international norms.

“This amount is not enough to cover the maintenance [expenses] of pipelines and Juba must commit to bearing the expenses of customs and transit. We do not want a grant but only our rights,” he said.

The NCP official called on the wise men of South Sudan to intervene and convince Juba that the stability of the country is contingent on the stability of the north. He accused Juba of seeking to strangle Sudan economically through refusing to pay transit fees and supporting rebels in Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan.

Ghandour said South Sudan wants to divert attention from its internal problems by creating an external enemy in the form of Khartoum.

Despite Khartoum swiftly recognising the new state on its border, tensions have escalated dramatically ever since, between the two countries. The two sides have traded accusations about supporting rebel groups on the other side of the border.

Late last year South Sudan accused Sudan of launching an air raid inside its borders including one on a refugee camp. They repeated the allegation that Khartoum was bombing South Sudan at the start of this month.

Talks on post-secession issues held under the auspices of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) have yielded little results.


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  • 14 January 2012 09:38, by Aarai Baka

    Abyei will be taken back by force other than no more peace talk with north regarding Abyei.. Abyei is belong to South, culturally, people and naturally.

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    • 14 January 2012 09:58, by Logic

      How can you be anything other than pessimistic! you know full well your government is the main obstacle to the progress of negotiations on any topic and with everybody. Be it RSS, SPLA-N, JEM or SLM, you racist fools think you own N. Sudan and can do with it as you wish.

      You are in for a rude awakening, continue to sleep with one eye open, SRF are coming.

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    • 14 January 2012 11:01, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Yet start crying because i knew Mr Pagan Amum Okech since in Cuba, he will never leave behind any inch of South to fake Arab of Sudan,

      if we were not living with some cowradic brother in South Sudan, we would have not late you remain in Sudan for good. leave alone give you any inch of our land to you.

      Deng Alor and Pagan Amum will never give up their land to any fake Arab in this country.

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      • 14 January 2012 11:55, by Lang

        It’s all propaganda to justify going to war with the south because we don’t want to sacrifice our self to help their failing economy that they should be the ones trying to fix alone. Lazy terrorists.

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        • 14 January 2012 12:00, by Lang

          They want to take our oil producing states this is all PROPAGANDA. We don’t need Abyei for oil, WE HAVE ENOUGH!

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      • 14 January 2012 17:51, by Force 1

        Very funny! After playing the game of we’re smarter than South Sudanese, Sudan realize that, they thought they were playing with Southerners of the 1960s and 70s, they never realize they’re dealing with the millenium generation.

        Every opportunity they ignored slipped away and trying to pursue it now will be like trying to catch up with the flying jet.

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    • 14 January 2012 16:10, by Frak Cho


      The hope of Abyei people lies in you as a head of delegation.
      Arabs are tricking people, what they agree at the table is not what they do. Take care! Abyei belongs to the South, no doubt.

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  • 14 January 2012 10:47, by Rommel

    These embittered hypocrites refuse to implement the PCA ruling on Abyei and somehow see it fit to condemn our position on a matter they continue to refuse to resolve amiably. South Sudan would have very little to gain from initiating a war on Abyei at the moment, and I very much doubt we have any imminent plans reflecting the NCP’s accusations. We must prepare and bide our time, for 6 years.

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    • 14 January 2012 11:00, by Rommel

      It’s amusing that the NCP would now condemn the offered transit fee as iconoclastic [against tradition] > when the price they have offered is many, many times in excess of what other Nations are charged for the use of pipelines. The NCP is clearly engaging in self-serving propaganda on this matter.

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      • 14 January 2012 11:14, by Rommel

        Contrary to the lie Ghandour is so desperately trying to spin, South Sudan is not demanding a measly 75 cents per barrel, which would indeed be at odds with "international norms"; we have offered $4/b for production on existing fields and $7/b for output on new ones, a price that is very in accordance with "international norms". The same cannot be said for Khartoum’s extortionist $36/b request.

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  • 14 January 2012 10:57, by Manyang

    Nothing to be worried NCP terrorists. You are lucky to have a blind leadership in Juba. Kiir Mayardit will never go to war with u even if you bomb his palace in Juba. Kiir Mayardit n his vice traitor r curse to south Sudanese. I hope the blood our martyrs will take care of them.

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  • 14 January 2012 11:27, by Daniel Buolmawei

    Pagan Amum as “warlord?”

    What an idiot. You NCP criminals hate Pagan Amum but nothing you could do to him. He’s not the likes you always cheat and bribe over. He will deal with you accordingly and noone will replace him until these talks end. You like it or not, we don’t care, we are standing behind Pagan Amum whether it will end up shutting down oil, etc. In these next talks, Pagan has to---

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  • 14 January 2012 11:30, by Daniel Buolmawei

    shut off oil, and let’s prepare for war to takeover Abyei and other lands illegally taken by these thugs in Khartoum. My division is ready to hit, so we will send those of Mohammed Ali, Jalaby, Sam.Eto, etc., into exile.

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    • 14 January 2012 11:54, by Rommel

      Daniel Buolmawei:

      I am afraid the situation is infinitely more complex than you’ve given it credit for. War requires a great deal of material resources — resources we simply do not have. It demands refined oil and the domestic production of small arms, ammunition, and heavy artillery. It also requires an air defence system and an air force of some sort.

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      • 14 January 2012 12:15, by Daniel Buolmawei

        What are you afraid for? Rommel, I have been recognizing you as a man of courage all these times, but you’re showing me today signs of weakness. Believe me Rommel, I am a patriotic South Sudanese and I absolutely believe in our constitution, otherwise, I would assume presidency in South Sudan, and everything will soon be either "give us death or give us liberty." I am sick of rhtorics----

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        • 14 January 2012 13:13, by Rommel

          Daniel Buolmawei:

          I have a great deal to be afraid of, and I think it’s a sign of strength and not of weakness. I fear for our children if we were to rush into a protracted war without due preparation; a war in which our civilians on the border would be subjected to indiscriminate aerial bombardment. The very real danger to our civilians must first be removed before the war is executed.

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          • 14 January 2012 13:40, by Rommel

            The immediate acquisition of the S-300PMU2 is an absolute must. It would provide us with the capability of access denial into our airspace by Khartoum, or anyone else for that matter. We would be able to shoot down aircraft as far away as Kadugli (200km) with this system... and it would cost us 1/10th of what we offered Khartoum for Abyei.

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          • 14 January 2012 13:47, by Rommel

            Once we rid ourselves of the contemptible sheep in Juba and replace them with noble dragons... the inviolability of our lands will be unchallenged. Abyei will be returned to South Sudan > where it belongs.

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  • 14 January 2012 19:51, by mosa mel

    NCP assume that the way they think is the way the world think. They always try to fool their people in Khartoum. 75 cents is internationally. Anything than 75 cents is not fair. NCP try to rube South but they will be sorry.

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  • 14 January 2012 21:21, by never

    spla need to equip his military personal first before they have decided to go to war with the north. it’s going to be amussy situation, ross lost blue nile, kordufun and abyei to the north. beacuse ross mps are spending money on themselves rether than on security of the south.

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  • 15 January 2012 00:29, by wild king

    thanks you boys for all of your comment,i think there is no much to say on abyei,but we havn,t decided yet when are we going to take it back.

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