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South Sudan reiterates readiness to start negotiations with Khartoum

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May 10, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – South Sudan said it is prepared to immediately resume stalled negotiations with Sudan on the basis of the African Union (AU) roadmap that was endorsed this month by a Chapter VII United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution.

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Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir (C) smiles with South Sudan’s delegation member Deng Alor (2nd R) after a meeting with head of South Sudan’s delegation Pagan Amum, in Khartoum March 22, 2012 (Reuters)

The resolution orders the two countries to resume talks that were suspended following military clashes between the armies of Khartoum and Juba which started in late March. South Sudan also managed to briefly occupy the oil-rich region of Heglig, which Sudan says is in South Kordofan State.

Sudanese officials gave contradictory stances on whether they accept the UNSC resolution which they opposed before it was adopted. Yesterday, the Sudan’s ruling party said it refuses to accept parts of the decision dealing with negotiations with rebels who have been fighting government troops in Blue Nile and South Kordofan states since last year.

On Thursday Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir stressed that they will only implement the portions of AU and UN decisions they agree with.

But South Sudan Minister of Cabinet Affairs Deng Alor gave his country’s unconditional support to the resolutions which gives Khartoum and Juba three months to conclude talks on key issues such a soil, borders, Abyei and citizenship.

"We are ready to go for negotiations any time ... I expect negotiations to resume any time from now," Alor told a news conference in the South Sudanese capital Juba according to Reuters.

Alor stressed that despite the escalating military tensions they have no interest in war.

"We are ready to go the extra mile to negotiations," he said.

"Nobody is interested in war, we don’t want it, the international community doesn’t want it and the region doesn’t want it.... Let us resolve these issues peacefully and let us avoid any armed conflict, because you know, we have had enough of it," Alor added.

The South Sudanese minister said that they are prepared to resume exporting the country’s oil through the north’ s territories if there is an agreement.

"If there is an agreement on the use of the pipeline again through the territory of Sudan we will do that," Alor said.

"If the Government of Sudan is not ready for us to use their territory to export our oil, then it goes without saying that we will not use it and we are planning for an alternative pipeline," he said.

This contradicts statements made by South Sudan chief negotiator Pagan Amum last month to the Financial Times in which he said that " “I don’t think our oil will flow through Sudan any more again."

Landlocked South Sudan had been using a Sudan pipeline and port to export its crude, but imposed the shutdown in a dispute over fees for the trans-shipments.

South Sudan inherited three-quarters of the country’s oil when it gained independence in July 2011. But the pipelines needed for export are in Sudan and the two have been unable to agree on how much the South should pay to transport its oil.

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  • 11 May 2012 09:41, by Deng Thiak Adut

    This is what Bashire have to you (us). He put his right put in your back/back/bottom (Higlig), and he got a bargaining chips with him. You surrender Abyei to him by withdrawing 700 police from that location (left foot up our bottom); what are our your bargaining chips, if I may ask please? You are not fit to lead our people, simple as that.

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    • 11 May 2012 11:00, by AUGUSTINO DENG

      Mr Deng Thiak Adut,
      Frankly speaking,withdrawing of 700 police from Abyei by the SPLM under the leadership of Salva Kiir Miyardit show the greatest weakness from Salva Kiir Miyardit himself and the rests. I do know my self that Salva Kiir is already been defeated and Omar Beshir know him that he is just a naive leader. I wish somebody can replace him. Salva Kiir Miyardit is doing nothing at all.

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      • 11 May 2012 13:35, by Hardball

        Does anyone believe it’s true that South Sudan is going to send oil through Sudan again with Panthou and Abyei under occupation?
        How many countries out there that are called South Sudans? Which one is begging to talk to Sudan and the one that is working with Lamus’s Project?

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        • 11 May 2012 14:16, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

          Hardball
          For me as certified US PIPELINE engineer; yes the oil from blok 5B, 3 and 7 must be transported through Sudan for highy economical reasons. Please refer to NACE, ASME, ANSI, ASTM, NFPA, NEC AND THE PIPELINE RULE OF THUMB BOOK.Bear in mind that corrosion is the death of all metals. Also refer to the agreement beteen TCHAD and CAMEROON.

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    • 11 May 2012 12:02, by Morthon Akol

      my dear brother you have right to critics leadership of Kiir but have you noticed that most of the people knocking is done by folks who don’t know how to ring the bell. what is going on is just a politic if you don’t know how to play the politic than just keep quit. very soon you will get what you wont.

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      • 11 May 2012 12:50, by AUGUSTINO DENG

        Dear Mr Morthon Akol,

        I think you can go with Salva Kiir. Salva Kiir’s politic is naive and I have to repeat it many times. What kind of political motives do you think Salva Kiir is doing? Shame on Kiir.

        By Augustino Deng. Jech la mer from Tharpam.

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    • 11 May 2012 14:19, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

      On May 20, 2011, Mayom County commissioner, Charles Machieng Kuol, revealed to the international media that after the South Sudan forces attacked rebels at four sub-counties of Mayom and Mankien, the SPLA army burnt 8,000 civilian homesteads to ashes. Sixty five children, elderly women and men who had disabilities and were not physically able to escape were burned alive.

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    • 11 May 2012 16:22, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

      South Sudan must stop the weapon of “divide & conquer” among the Darfurians and Sudanese peoples.

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  • 11 May 2012 09:43, by viper

    That is only what you are prepared to say "go for negotiation even if what what happens" is this the statement that we, the most feared pple of South Sudan on the world are suppose to say if not due to the weakness of Mayardit led gov’t? Deng Alor should prepare for a fight for his home town of Abyei. He should not talk like a coward in ss affairs. Let him take the lead in Abyei liberation

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    • 11 May 2012 10:01, by Aarai Baka

      I hate to say this but i will do so, Some of alor people said they are Dinka Arab of north Sudan and denied being Southern Sudanese at all, like this one guy call majieth. I don’t know now what Dinka dominant SPLA/M will say about this in term of being a Dinka boy. I’m come forward to say something’s if it is not good as my elderly taught me. Few in number but brave to confront any big number.

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      • 11 May 2012 14:02, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

        Aarai Baka
        So before your peoples insulting Muslism as FAKE ARABS; do your best to unite them first and then they must stop the jungle rules.

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  • 11 May 2012 10:04, by abraham

    Oh heaven help us! I can not believe these guys are our leaders, Kiir, Deng alor, nhial Deng, riek Machar, these are nothing but lazy and cowards. They never talk like men, south Sudan is a land of the most courageous and bravest people on the planet. Unfortunately brave and clever leaders are dead.

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    • 11 May 2012 10:48, by Ruach

      We are led to hell.Deng Alor is going back to his former country in the North.

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      • 11 May 2012 14:45, by Loko El Pollo

        OUR CURRENT LEADERS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO FINANCE AND PROVIDE LOGISTICS IN CASE THE BORDER GAME COULD ESCALADE TO FULL BLOWN WAR.THERE CREDIBILITIES HAD BEEN SERIOULY TARNISHED BY THE LAST CORRUPTIONS OF OIL AND DONORS MONEY.THEY WILL NOT BE RESPECT OR GIVEN FREE ARMAMENTS WHEREVER THEY GO.LET BE PATIENCE AND BE AT LOW-KEY.THEY HAD SPOILED EVERTHINGS,EVEN NEGOTIATION IS NOT BEING HANDLE PROPERLY.I

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        • 11 May 2012 14:55, by Loko El Pollo

          DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY WANT?.PAGAN IS TOO RIGID WITH SHORT TEMPERS.THEREFORE HE SHOULD NOT BE THE HEAD THERE.YOU CANNOT BE A GOOD NEGOTIATOR IF YOU DON’T LISTEN TO THE COMPLAINS OF THE OTHER SIDE.BE REASONABLE AND FAIR DON’T EXPECT TO WIN EVERYTHINGS IN ANY DISCOURSE OTHER WISE THAT WOULDN’T BE CALL NEGOTIATION.THEY DON’T WANT TO FIGHT OR NEGOTIATE IN GOOD FAITH SO THE BOTH SIDES COULD BENEFIT.WHAT

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          • 11 May 2012 14:58, by Loko El Pollo

            DOES SPLM WANT OUT OF THE STALEMATE.YOU EITHER GO FOR WAR OR NEGOTIATIONS FULLSTOP.

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          • 11 May 2012 21:14, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

            Loko El Pollo
            I agree with you that the narrow minded PAGAN is responsible about the escalation. The fair solution must be derived by AU based on similar cases in AFRICA.

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  • 11 May 2012 12:46, by Jewish Ally

    I am asking all of you to calm, because it is premature to judge the out come of this Leaders.
    if the RSS than we justify and if it will be for our benefit we will apprecaite their effort
    leadership sometime is A God given talent recall our late heroes will not change any thing now
    for with God all thing will be possible

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    • 11 May 2012 14:05, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

      Please do not forget SPLA deeds:
      Killing and burning of Nuer civilians in Mayom County of Unity State in May this year by the SPLA forces. SPLA committed against the civilians of four sub-counties of Bul Nuer of Unity State of South Sudan.

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  • 11 May 2012 16:09, by Zionist

    If your unhappy with your government performance in all aspects, it’s simple, vote them out, and find a replacement and this is how the civilized world do it, otherwise, there will be no difference between what’s going on in Khartoum, and what’s going on here in Juba: two faces for the same coin.

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  • 11 May 2012 20:51, by panom lualbil

    If KHARTOUM dont want us to export oil through its territory, then we won’t. But if khartoum does, then we will do. So how much fees per barier if we resume its services ?

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    • 11 May 2012 21:05, by Mahmoud mohamed Abdalla

      panom lualbil
      You need to investigate about the same case as for TCHAD and CAMERAON. And also for TEXAS.

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  • 11 May 2012 21:53, by panom lualbil

    Whether you like it or not, it’s $1 [USD] bill per barrier for using your pipeline, otherwise you’ll loss. And while we’re shfting our business through LAMU, [kenya] you’ll soon watching us like dogs .

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