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Unity State governor: ‘Oil-starved’ Khartoum attacked Jau


By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

February 13, 2012 (BENTIU) – The governor of Unity State in South Sudan disclosed to Sudan Tribune that Khartoum’s forces attacked Jau payam [district] last Friday.

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South Sudan’s Unity state governor Taban Deng (AFP)

Governor Taban Deng Gai said Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) are still fighting Juba’s Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in the state. He claimed Jau had been attacked by heavy artillery and by air strikes by Russian Antonov jet fighters.

Gai claimed Jau was under attack because Khartoum wants to “close the route” between South Kordofan and Unity state as “the Nuba get support” and fuel from his state.

The Parieng county commissioner Mabeak Lang Bilkuei confirmed the incident saying that four people were injured.

South Kordofan, which borders Unity, is across the international border in north Sudan. SAF is in conflict with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N) rebels in South Kordfoan, which is populated predominantly by people from the Nuba ethnic group.

Many of the Nuba people fought against Khartoum in the civil war between what are now two Sudans. The war ended with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005.

As stipulated by the CPA, the South Sudanese voted in a plebiscite in early 2011 which resulted in creation of new state last July.

Ever since the South’s secession, SAF has been battling SPLM-N rebels in Blue Nile and South Kordofan states.

In November 2011 the United Nations (UN) said SAF had “dropped at least two bombs near the Yida refugee camp," also in Unity State. Yida is providing humanitarian assistance to those fleeing the conflict in South Kordofan.

The UN estimates that 440,000 people have been displaced or “severely affected” by the conflicts in Abyei, Blue Nile and South Kordofan.

The Unity state governor also claimed that Khartoum intends to take control of the oil in his territory. The state is one of the largest oil producers in South Sudan.

South Sudan’s foreign ministry said it was "on the brink of war" after SAF attacked Jau with tanks and aerial bombardment in December 2011.

In a escalation of a disagreement over the payment of transit fees Juba halted its oil production in January 2012. Juba claimed that Khartoum confiscated oil with a market value of US$35 million in lieu of oil transit payments. Negotiations between Juba and Khartoum brokered by the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) are yet to achieve a resolution.

The stakes are high for both; South Sudan, which took 75 percent of the old Sudan’s oilfields with it in secession, is reliant on oil revenues for 95 percent of its budget.

Juba has signed memorandums of understanding with the governments of Kenya and Djibouti on the construction of alternatives pipelines. South Sudan is currently held in a strangle-hold by the pipeline which ends at Port Sudan, on north Sudan’s coast.

Both Khartoum and Juba are implementing austerity measures to manage the economic backlash of the oil crisis.


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  • 14 February 2012 04:53, by omoni jr.

    just bring those Russian’s planes down if you got chance.

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    • 14 February 2012 05:05, by omoni jr.

      They just signed non aggression documents,and yet bombing is continue as usually.Khartoum have bad record of signing any peaceful agreement for civilians to live normal lives.
      NCP need only to respect the OIL agreement,that is it.
      we are really wasting time,energy,and money in Adis Ababa,instead of doing constructive and productive work for our nation.

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      • 14 February 2012 05:59, by Mi diit

        Khartoum always does the opposite of what it signs. They call it clever maneuver. Au is unfortunately still dumb about it.

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    • 14 February 2012 06:48, by Darkangel

      "Khartoum wants to “close the route” between South Kordofan and Unity state as “the Nuba get support” and fuel from his state"

      Stupid ignorant Governor just admitted he is supporting rebels in S.K ! While the GOSS deny it ! It came straight from his big mouth ! So what are you complaining about Deng ! If you support the rebels you will be attacked. What you are doing goes against the agreement !!

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      • 14 February 2012 06:55, by George Bol


        This is a copy and past article from those reporter who rash for promotion. Yes, according to Col. Philip Aguer Panyang,the SPLA spokesperson, the SAF bomb Jau and Raja payams in which 4 solders were injury. Wait for real report and disregard this. Thanks

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        • 14 February 2012 07:12, by Darkangel

          Bol .. SAF can bomb Jau as many times as it wants as long as there are SPLA forces inside it. It is Sudanese territory. Before you tell it isnt, please refer to UN Web Site where there was clear debate and confusion about where it belongs. Rice even said .. i think its in the North !!

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          • 14 February 2012 07:14, by Darkangel


            Inner City Press asked US Ambassador Susan Rice, "Is Jau in Sudan or South Sudan?"

            "It looks like it is in Sudan," Rice said.

            Later on her way out of the Security Council meetings, Ambassador Rice graceously asked to "revise and extend" her earlier remarks, saying "the bottom line is nobody knows" if Jau is in South Sudan or Sudan

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            • 14 February 2012 15:55, by Rommel


              Equivocation and Palpable uncertainty are inadmissable as *evidence*. What do you honestly think you have achieved by citing the dithering statements of an apparent authority!?

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        • 14 February 2012 07:16, by Mi diit

          Dark angel,

          That looks like a quoted statement from Khartoum and not from governor tab an deng. He is quoting what Khartoum said unless you don’t understand how quoted statements look like in hyphens.

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      • 14 February 2012 13:31, by SSLA/M Supporter

        Darkangle!Close any route leading to Unity state and other neighbouring states bordering Sudan! don’t let any food to be smuggled to northern south Sudan for at least two to three months and you will see those foolish and blind supporters of SPLA/M mafia turning against that rotton regime of SPLA/M Mafia and that will mark the end of SPLA/M which will mean the end of problems in Sudan and ROSS!

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    • 14 February 2012 08:30, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Always we do hear Khartoum bomb the Territory of South Sudan in border area,and no response from our government in Juba, what do they think on this matter or Juba is very far from the border area,please shown your noiseblood to Khartoum otherwise one day one time Khartoum will bomb you in Juba.


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    • 14 February 2012 09:24, by Robot

      does SPLA totally lack arms? why can’t they bomb them or bring down this jets, please SPLA, public will lose trust in the security or protection you are singing, this idiots are killing and no reply.

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    • 15 February 2012 00:01, by Bolman

      let the Governor just keep crying until his day come to dust that will be the end of his nonsences blaming

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  • 14 February 2012 04:54, by George Bol

    Philip Aguer Panyang,the SPLA spokesperson and Lt general announced that SAF bomb Jau and Raja military barracks. Khartoum bombs the South and they claim they have signed the hostility agreement. No agreemnt functions from Khartoum. We are wasting time negotiating with them.

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  • 14 February 2012 05:04, by SeekingTruth



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    • 14 February 2012 05:16, by SeekingTruth


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    • 14 February 2012 13:50, by SSLA/M Supporter

      Seeking money!
      People of Southern Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan states aren’t fan of SPLA/M syndicate! simply because they were disappointed by the level of corruption in their states during the SPLA/M era there! They have a huge number of educated caders who know their rights and thus reject to be led by SPLA/M thugs that don’t have leadership capacity! they are seeing how RoSS is turning into.

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      • 14 February 2012 13:58, by SSLA/M Supporter

        mess because of SPLA/M corruption and lack of leadership values! SPLA/M to be blamed for the war in the Abaye, Sk and SBN regions! SPLA/M is using those poor people through Agar and Hilu to fight its proxy war against Sudan! Thus don’t fool yourselves that the people in those regions mentioned above are with your Hilu or Agar just like South Sudanese are not supporting your SPLA/M corrupt regime!

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      • 15 February 2012 04:25, by Red Army Batallion 7

        Hallo Mr ssla,since you named yourself mr Naas supporter to what it is now, where did your nasty talk take you? your says are not doing us any good, for the vission has been achieved and we shall all work tireless to restore what has been stolent from us. warning!!! warning!! if you are one of the boys taken by Bashier at Mayom ( unity state in the 19’s) we are coming to get you back.

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  • 14 February 2012 05:56, by Thon Bai

    Those false Arabs are not going to respect us, until you show them what you got.
    Thank you guys for protecting our homeland.
    Thon Bai

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  • 14 February 2012 06:49, by peace seeker

    The alleged attack is a mere dream of Taban Deng.It is not assured by any indpendent source.Let us all work for peace and not for our personal agends.

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  • 14 February 2012 07:22, by Brother Billy

    Sudan/Khartoum government should not be stupid as such, missing our oil should not make them so idiot and rescal that they are almost running mad. Let khartoum government just relax in its poverty as more less than what we encountered long time ago in the South, they will never smell or taste our oil once again!

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  • 14 February 2012 10:36, by Sudan virus

    I don’t see any reason for South Sudan to look on as Khartoum continues bombardment of its territory in spite of the recently signed PAC on none aggression.

    No time to waste Now!

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  • 14 February 2012 10:54, by mohammed ali

    (Gai claimed Jau was under attack because Khartoum wants to “close the route” between South Kordofan and Unity state as “the Nuba get support” and fuel from his state.)First; Jau is within the Sudan.UN confirmed that;Second who is fighting who now, SPLA is SPLA we donnot care about N or S,now you confirm that it is one thing,one SPLA as long as you supply them with petrol,food & amunitions..con

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    • 14 February 2012 11:01, by mohammed ali

      By reaveling the support of Juba to the so called SPLA-n , Tban is not blaming Khartoum,as it is quite obvious that would the expected response of Khartoum by any sane person.Taban wants to voice his objection to Juba,indirectly, for it’s involvment millitarly in Sudan which brings trouble to his state; he wants to live in peace!After-all may be he has sympathy with his uncles!

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      • 14 February 2012 15:56, by Rommel

        Mohammed Ali:

        Where has the U.N. stated that Jau belongs to North Sudan!? Which organ of the United Nations stated as much? Which session - and when? Please provide us with the citations and a link to the original material. You claim to be citing the world’s quintessential political organization, and so I pressume that you have the alleged statements readily available.

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        • 14 February 2012 15:58, by Rommel

          I only ask because you have this terrible habit in which you ascribe to institutions statements they in fact never made. The issue of Jau’s precise location has left the U.N. confused and dithered, so much so that they decided to cancel the visit to Jau altogether not too long ago.

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          • 14 February 2012 15:58, by Rommel

            You claim the U.N. is quite certain as to where Jau is located, when every piece of information points to the exact opposite > to irresolute uncertainty.

            Please provide the citations, links, sources, transcripts, U.N. session meeting minutes... anything that corroborates your claim.

            Don’t tell me you don’t have the requested information, because that simply will not do.

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            • 15 February 2012 05:06, by mohammed ali

              Rommel, so you tell me that the UN is confused & dithered ,at the same time you are the one who is sure that Jau is part of SS?!..((Every piece of points to the the excat opposite: irresolute uncertainity))How then you claim it is your since you are only 6 month old & Sudan is centuries older than you! They uncertainity is in respect to your claim not in respect of it’s part of Sudan...con

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              • 15 February 2012 05:14, by mohammed ali

                Your own words are enough you donnot need any citation, read your own words!If the UN is confused, dithered & irresolute; how could you be the only one who is sure & confident.You are the one who is supposed to bring the evidence, because Sudan has been ruling this area very long before you have any soveregnity over it.

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                • 15 February 2012 05:32, by mohammed ali

                  Rommel, you need to set your priorities right.People of SS donnot need your belligerency & dreams of having the most sopisticated weapons on Earth.They need peace, hospitals, roads, schools & they dream of a piece of bread that the could easily get so as to enjoy as a product of their own hard work from their own rich & fertile land.Your day dreams & fantasy about getting the latest technology ...

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                  • 15 February 2012 05:48, by mohammed ali

                    ..from the Israeili & American warfare arsenal is a fallacy,you are the only who dreams of.War can only bring more misery to the already suffering pple of SS.After-all these weapons didn’t win the war in Iraq, Afganistan,Vietnam or Lebanon.If I were your you, I would dream of the dreams of the simple,innocent,starving & marginalized southernes.The last thing which come to their mind is war!

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                    • 16 February 2012 07:53, by Rommel

                      Mohammed Ali:

                      You could have saved yourself a great deal of time, effort and any remaining vestige of respectability by simply conceding what we all very well know... you lied, yet again!

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                      • 16 February 2012 07:55, by Rommel

                        The U.N. has not affirmed that Jau belongs to Khartoum. I am not being pedantic, but if you claim to be citing the world’s quintessential political organization... the alleged citations must exist outside the mere contours of your mind.

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                        • 16 February 2012 08:14, by Rommel

                          Your complete lack of logic and reading skills is showing yet again. I have stated that the U.N. seems to be genuinely bedevilled by uncertainty in regards to Jau’s location on the ill-defined border. I have ascribed the uncertainty to the U.N. and not to the seemingly confident contentions of both parties!

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                          • 16 February 2012 08:34, by Rommel

                            I have not previously made any claims regarding Jau > our respective governments have. What I do know of the area is that the Dinka live there and do not seem to share it with anyone else...

                            ... and if Khartoum’s egregious history of annexing South Sudan’s territories is anything to go by, I wouldn’t be in the slightest bit surprised if this is just yet another sordid attempt at territorial lar

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                            • 16 February 2012 08:42, by Rommel

                              larceny. That is not the crux of the issue here - and it is not where I find fault in your blather. Our dispute was precipitated by your evocation of pretended support by an exceedingly important impartial third party. It’s clear to any neutral observer that you’re lying.

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                              • 16 February 2012 08:57, by Rommel

                                Your reasonig is comparable to that of a dementia patient; and it is both sad and amusing that you would continuously avail yourself to such specious reasoning.

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                                • 16 February 2012 09:16, by Rommel

                                  South Sudan has existed for mere months as an independent administrative unit, with over half a dozen Southern territories that continue to be occupied by Khartoum... a fact that necessarily makes a mockery of your simple and self-evident observation on the issue of sovereignty.

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                                  • 16 February 2012 09:35, by Rommel

                                    Your sententious rants on the needs of South Sudan’s beleaguered population is beyond amusing, especially when one considers that Khartoum is engaged in profligate military spending, precisely when millions of its owns citizens are displaced from Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile State. Khartoum has NEVER tempered its military spending due to humanitarian concerns.

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                                    • 16 February 2012 11:16, by Rommel

                                      The Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon example applies to you. The aforementioned Nations were/are protecting their ancestral homelands > lands that they are infinitely more knowledgeable about, and have used that knowledge to devastating affect. Abyei, Kafia Kingi and many others... belong to us. The Ngok are more knowledgeable with regards to Abyei than any other group of people!

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                                      • 16 February 2012 11:22, by Rommel

                                        Your lies are far too obvious and require very little effort to debunk. I unfortunately cannot attend to every desperate lie... I am far too busy.

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  • 14 February 2012 11:09, by Northern Sudanese

    see i told ya that the agreement won’t stay alive!!!!!!!!!!!! good work bashir, carry on SAF!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 14 February 2012 12:19, by Dau-arok

    NORTHERN SUDAN.SAF are going to do nathing with south sudan.
    goverment or SPLA.becouse you are still fighting your self like Darfur conflict, you solve that problem first.

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    • 14 February 2012 13:41, by Northern Sudanese

      excuse me mr.Dau-arok. what do you mean with ’SAF are going to do nathing with south sudan’????? they have just bombed south sudan and it’s not the first time!!!!!!!!!!!! think before you speak....

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  • 14 February 2012 17:14, by viper

    SS Sudanese will one day tell u enough is enough SPLM. Y r u always reporting all these attacks that lack response from u? Y should Sudan always bomb ur territory without response? Is SS waiting for Jesus or angel from heaven?

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