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Juba disputes Sudan’s ownership of Heglig, slams Bashir’s threats


April 19, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan sought on Thursday to justify its occupation of Heglig, accusing Khartoum of misrepresenting an international arbitration ruling that placed the oil-producing area outside of the contested Abyei region.

FILE - South Sudan’s oil minister Stephen Dhieu (L) and Minister of Media Benjamin Marial (R) (Gurtong)

Sudan and South Sudan are fighting a war around Heglig which was occupied by the southern army (SPLA) last week. The fighting has spilled over to other areas in the poorly defined borders between the recently-separated countries.

The standoff over Heglig, which contains oilfields producing almost half of Sudan’s daily output of 115,000 barrels, resulted from the failure of both sides to agree a number of issues including border demarcation, citizenship and oil exports.

A 2009 ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), seated in The Hague, placed Heglig outside the boundaries of the hotly-contested region of Abyei.

But the ruling does not necessarily mean that Heglig is part of Sudan’s border state of South Kordofan, South Sudan information and media minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin argued on Thursday, accusing Khartoum of misinterpreting the PCA’s verdict.

“The government of Sudan has intentionally misinterpreted the ruling to mean that Panthou [Heglig] is not part of South Sudan. The court did not rule on the border between north and South Sudan. It ruled only on the boundaries of the Abyei Area. It has nothing to do with the North-South border demarcation”, he told reporters in the South Sudanese capital, Juba.

Marial claimed that the Khartoum made a failed attempt to annex Panthou to South Kordofan when oil was discovered in the area in 1970’s, during the reign of former Sudanese president Jaffar Nimiryi, but later succeeded to do so in 2004.

“It is a known fact with documentary evidence that the same claim was made in 2004 when [Sudan’s current presidential assistant] Nafie Ali Nafie sent a council of ministers resolution number 25 dated June 14, 2004, to Joseph Monytuil who was a governor of Unity State at the time informing of the council’s decision transferring Heglig to western Kordofan. We have this document with us today”, Marial told journalists as he displayed the document written in Arabic.

According to Marial, Khartoum’s intention was “to tell the world that the oil was actually found within the northern territories but turned out later to be in the south”.

The South Sudanese official condemned Khartoum’s attempt to show his country in the bad light of being the aggressor, stressing that the SPLA was only reacting to attacks by the Sudanese army on Unity State.

Marial maintained Juba’s position that that the SPLA has not left South Sudanese territory as Heglig is one of the many demarcated areas of the 1,800 km border.

The minister claimed that Sudan’s long reluctance to demarcate the border explains the source of the ongoing tension and that international community should intervene to demarcate the border between the two sides.

He further dismissed the war rhetoric of Sudan’s president Al-Bashir who threatened on Wednesday to invade South Sudan to free its people from the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in Juba.

“We are not surprised. This is not the first time we are hearing such remarks coming out from the Sudanese regime. They have called us all names including being infidels before” he said.

Marial likened Al-Bashir’s statements to those of the late Libyan leader Muammar Al-Gaddafi who called Libyan citizens “rats” when they rebelled against him.

However, the minister Marial stressed that his country is “not at war” with Sudan and that they are still considering it as “friendly nation”.


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  • 20 April 2012 10:47, by Chok Deng

    Bravo Dr.Marial,Bashir and his groups are known by misinterpretation,deception,lies,stealing,killing,raping.It is good that we have evidence(document),let them claim any nonsense.We are ready with our evidences.

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    • 20 April 2012 10:59, by Mi diit

      Bravo Dr. Marial, this proves that looter Bashir will never win the case legally or militarily.

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      • 20 April 2012 11:10, by Mi diit

        Thanks to former unity state governor Dr Joseph Monytuil for providing the documents to South Sudan government.

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      • 20 April 2012 11:42, by mathem jech amer


        Where are those of Jallaby, Northern Sudanese and their likes. I fear they were killed at Heiglig.

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        • 20 April 2012 16:42, by Paul

          where is Nhial Deng? Is he hiding his face from media? This guy is a failure. His need to be given a post of court judge where he can only sit on his buttock in the court and no less no more. Give his foreign affairs post to Marial Benjamin and Bashir Bandi. I have no doubt that Bashir Bandi or Marial Benjamin will educate the whole world about South Sudan and her boundaries.

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    • 20 April 2012 10:59, by Chok Deng

      Bashir is looting our oil,if he hears now that there is oil in Juba,he will also claim that Juba belong to them.They are really looters.But now we are going to claim all lands including Khartoum and Umdurman.Khartoum is also known as ’’Kaar toum’’ and Umdurman is also known as ’’Mony dhur man’’,their documents are also present.

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    • 20 April 2012 13:20, by Ruach

      Bashir is many noises.What a noisy President

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    • 20 April 2012 13:32, by emad

      Chik Donkey, your stupid minister is not only accusing the Sudanese government by misinterpretation, he also by doing so accusing the international community and most importantly your masters in the united states of America.
      Heglig is Sudanese and will stay Sudanese as long as Sudan is there.
      Foolish Marial instead of crying, ready yourself to settle abroad when our forces uprooted you from power

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  • 20 April 2012 10:51, by Mi diit

    Bashir should cross to north of 1956 borders. Panthou and others he looted should come back to South Sudan. SPLA oyeeee.

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    • 20 April 2012 11:02, by Lango2010

      bashir always on spotlight,come out clearly and show the world and sudanese the evident over the ownership of Heglig/Panthou. stop cause more death to our Northern brother because you have no single child in this planet
      shame on you mr impotent and blood thirsty president
      declaring war will not solve any inch on reign of terror

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    • 20 April 2012 11:26, by Diu J.Kuek

      Now is become clear for the rest of the World who are condemned our action over our territories because been feed with wrong misrepresentative and misinterpretation of evidence by Sudanese Govt. Thank Dr Benjamin Marial for the brief explanation there was been lack of propaganda from Juba that is why Khartoum turn the World attention to our side. let these documentary evidence show to the World.

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      • 20 April 2012 11:46, by Diu J.Kuek

        I mean misrepresentation and misinterpretation intentionally by Sudan to PCA rule over Heglig. first of all was not issue of border demarcation its Abyei as the Court defined the North ,West and South of Abyei for the Eastern part of Abyei Court defined Heglig is out of Abyei territory they suppose to tell the World on this way.

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  • 20 April 2012 10:54, by Joseph Makuer

    What I know is Panthou, there is NOTHING call Heglig.... that’s not a name. We have so many places we can claimed, but now we need Abyei and Panthou to be free from criminal Bashir. The international community must look at 1956 border first.. And if we go further, Khartoum mean (Kiirt tuom)in Dinka language meaning - joining of two rivers which blue nile and white nile.

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  • 20 April 2012 10:56, by Thomas Ader

    Dear South Sudan leadership, send them team to UN to justify our claimed because they do not know the really history of the area.

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  • 20 April 2012 10:58, by Michael Angelo

    Good job Information Minister for explaning better. You deserve to be a foriegn minister instead of information minister. Nhial Deng Nhial is educated, but he is not a diplomatic type.

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  • 20 April 2012 11:08, by Atungdiak

    Excellent Dr. Marial!

    This what we should let the world know. Our silence and poor performance on diplomatic front has made the world to condemn us very unfairly. We got the records like you said.

    Dr. Marial for the minsitry of foreign affairs and Nhial Deng out!!...oopps..ain’t the president.....

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    • 20 April 2012 11:19, by Biden Osire

      We need leaders like Dr. Benjamin Marial to go and present this Document before Ban Ki moon otherwise am seeing things going on our side but Kiir Must shack Nhial Deng Nhial who has for long been in a cave for no reason instead of confronting the AU , UN and the likes. No withdrawal from Heglig till border isse is settled by international community.

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    • 20 April 2012 11:35, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

      Many thanks to all our cöntributors ön this websites,its that contributions which make different in one part or the other,i’ve to tells u.Dr Marial Benjamin,Dr Dhieu,south sudan leadership,our gallants SPLA soldiers,our populations,civil organisations,religious groups,social organisations and all stakeholders for their brillants moves in showing their solidarity over Panthou.

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    • 20 April 2012 17:26, by Nuer

      Atungdiak, Marial is far better in Foreign Affair than Nhial, but Kiir listen attentively to ill advises,
      Before H. E, Mr. President formed his current government in which now Marial is spoke man , he was approached by numerous of people both in and outside that Marial is a right man in foreign mission, some of them put their supports in written , he, kiir made a big mistake, he called

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      • 20 April 2012 17:29, by Nuer

        him and discussed the matter with , he told Marial I call you to consult Marial you about views of people both in South Sudan and outside that they want me to Appoint you to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, he even shown Marial the document contain the request and asked him to accept the offer, Marial Agreed and thanks the President and the people who

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        • 20 April 2012 17:30, by Nuer

          proposed him to be in that Ministry in advance , however, the president didn’t kept his promise and never take into consideration people request due to the fact that , he was confused by by Warrap advisors that People of Warrap want foreign Affairs should you should give it to Cde Nhial , Our president listen to them when the his cabinet names were Marial appeared in Information

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          • 20 April 2012 17:32, by Nuer

            and that was surprise to him and the people that president promised. Now a day Foreigners were satisfy by Nhial and that is why they always in Information seeking for cogret information as he Marial to the world today the fact behind Now Pathou dispute, the president declared the withdrawal of SPLA forces from Pathou, and the question is who will go to UN< USA EU< AU etc to explain these

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            • 20 April 2012 17:35, by Nuer

              facts to them so that next if Arabs refuse to leave Pathou , SPLA can go back take it by force and the world should by that time know Pathou is a part of South Sudan. the wishes of people of South Sudan is to see Marial of MF, and Nhial , in Information

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  • 20 April 2012 11:12, by Corrector

    Heglig is squarly in North Sudan as per the Court of Permanent Arbitration ruling. Eat shit and die you fucking scum of the cum of the earth.


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    • 20 April 2012 12:01, by Daniel Buolmawei

      "consolidating control of the remaining region under the Ngok Dinka, an ethnic group loyal to southern Sudan and likely to vote to join it in a coming referendum."

      You idiot. you already violated this ruling. The court ruling had given entire Abyei area to Ngok Dinka. Why you invaded Abyei and still has claim on it? You will never get Panthou, mark our words. Be radical there but come to war.

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      • 20 April 2012 12:16, by Corrector

        because you fucking fucker, Abyei is desputed, Heglig is not. That what the whole point of the negotiations were you fucking idiot. Did you think we want to be seen with your niggerish ass. Abeyi referendum should have proceeded, with all of its residents voting. Meesariya included. Fucking cunt.

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        • 20 April 2012 14:47, by Moluddit Demalou

          Hey Emad and Incorrector
          Who are shouting here at the website with your foolish thinking and shit of homosexualist of your parents.The PCA was not theone rule out theSuth Sudan border demarcation since the British-Egyptian colonal rule that show panthou is part of South Sudan.Marial knows what he is talking about as he is political oriented and educated.Go homosexualist.

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      • 23 April 2012 01:06, by dakys zammis

        afrika ser grande continente ter um grande povo,ter grandes riquezas, ter grandes lideres, povo africano comece a se educar,pare de andar atraz desses lideres corrupto que passam por ai,povo africano voces sao um so povo,nao esse monte de merda que europeus fizeram como voces se semtem hoje,,,voltem a ser africanos .voltem a ser humanos, adiquiram,cultura,sejam
        um unico povo,voces podem,....

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  • 20 April 2012 11:22, by Tambura

    Baboon Bashir, is not man enough he was abused when he was a child. He can hurt anybody stand on his way,he is like homeless Dog who have no owner can bit anybody and anytime.He is criminal thief back stabber, he killed his best friend just to marry his beautiful wife.He called UN international community fools and all of them under his shoes. He call us insect I am sure those insect will kick his-

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    • 20 April 2012 11:35, by Tambura

      - butt out of Sudan soon.Our border is from Marawi to Nameli. Arabs came to Sudan without women to sell their salt we gave them our sisters daughters for free what we got back? was basters like Omar to claim land in Sudan.We ll build ourself one day and go to Khartoum to kick their butts to where they came from and unite our country. We are in Helig, let him bark, he is just homeless Dog...

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  • 20 April 2012 11:26, by No retreat no surrender

    Bravo Mr. Benjamin and the people of South Sudan in General for this seriou move you have taken, this is our time to clear away all Arabic in Sudan.
    Bashiir already declared the war and we are ready to be in Khartoum very soon. I only need to clear Mrs. Jalaby and Northern Boy plus Mohamed Ali, the three brides i mentioned above will soon be wedding here in South Sudan since they are gays

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  • 20 April 2012 11:48, by Emmanuel Ajang Solomon

    SOUTH SUDAN, weneed to accept in the first place that all that when wrong, was our mistake,not to have raised it during the rulling of Abyie in the Court of arbitration.

    The place Wuonthou was not part of disputed areas but indeed the evidence presented will help the internationl to see, not to say is North.

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  • 20 April 2012 13:38, by Longa

    No withdrawal from Panthou, it is ours forever. Any withdrawal, will make Beshir to take more land and more oil. Our government should not get scared with UN chair. Instead, our government should intensify international campaign to make our point firm. I do not know why our foreign Minister is silent.Is he not having budget to do his duties? This is a critical moment.

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  • 20 April 2012 14:26, by Kim Deng


    I knew the coward/cowboy Mr. Slava will do that (WITHDRAW) the might South Sudan’army in a minute.

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    • 20 April 2012 17:51, by Dinkawarrior

      President Kiir is losing popularity among South Sudanese! The releasing of POWs without approval from the Parliament and from South Sudanese people before the war ended cause a lot of tension in the country! He is not ready to justify the constitution rules through his solidarity as a commander in-chief of the Army (SPLA) to brief the country for ongoing situation!

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      • 20 April 2012 18:11, by Dinkawarrior

        I doubted where the Dinka Cowboy is with his Vice President and the Defend minister? Juba must stop drinking too much alcohols as well as stop chasing widows, the must defend the country and brief its citizens for the current situation? Medias shouldn’t only be used as the sources providers but as a tailback through leaders’ ideas!

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  • 20 April 2012 19:57, by Dinkawarrior

    The SPLA Commander in charge of Panthou gets annoyed about the lies distributed by the Criminal government of Khartoum to his people. Gatduel said he might not agree with the president and some of the SPLA officers are refusing to withdraw from Panthou (Heglig)!!

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    • 21 April 2012 04:33, by Mou

      If South Sudan really need diplomats to represent South Sudan in foreign Institutions, Marial should replace our sister who is now in UN. Our sister should be given another key position within South Sudan.

      Joseph Lagu, Ateny Wek Ateny etc should be given priority to represent South Sudan positions where necessary needs are.

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