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May 20, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudan on Monday summoned the Chinese ambassador to Juba to complain over an alleged blockage of the flow of its oil to international markets through Sudanese territory, government sources have said.

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Sudanese repair crew work at the Heglig oil facility, after Sudan started pumping oil again from the war-damaged oil field on May 2, 2012, (file Getty)

Chinese companies dominate the South Sudanese oil industry having been welcomed into Sudan before the South seceded from the north in 2011 taking with 75% of the country’s 500,000 barrels per day of oil production.

South Sudanese oil production was halted in January 2012 due to a dispute between Khartoum and Juba over transit fees but, as part of a cooperation deal, production resumed last month. President Salva Kiir is scheduled to join his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir in to witness the first Southern crude to be exported from Port Sudan on the Red Sea for almost a year and a half.

However, sources in Juba told Sudan Tribune on Monday that on the directives of the government of Khartoum, oil from the Tharjath oil field in Unity state had not flowed into Heglig - a contested oil-producing areas on the north-south border - for the last three days.

A senior government officials at the ministry of petroleum and mining told Sudan Tribune on Monday that the pipes had been shutdown and oil workers chased away from the area by the members of Sudan’s security services. The security service personnel had been sent to the area "for the protection of the very oil workers they harassed and chased”, the source said.

The official, who requested to remain anonymous said the South Sudan’s oil minister, Stephen Dhieu Dau, on Sunday called his Sudanese counterpart, Awad Ahmed Al Jaz over the issue.

Al Jaz told Dau that "he does not know anything about the issue and he will contact field managers to know what happened and will call back the minister but did not call him back since yesterday. Our ministry decided to send in a team led by the undersecretary and the director General today. They went and found out that nuts were tied. We did not expect this”, he explained.

Sudanese intelligence and security services accused some circles in Juba of continuing to support the rebel groups who last month attacked several areas in South and North Kordofan.

Sudanese security officials say Darfur rebels who took part in the attack on Heglig in April 2012 are still have some presence in the Unity state, despite the signing of cooperation agreement.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS SUMMONED CHINESE AMBASSADOR

Officials at South Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation confirmed summoning Chinese ambassador over the alleged blockage of the oil flow by the Sudanese government.

“The ministry decided to summon the Chinese ambassador today because of the reports from the petroleum and mining ministry about the sudden blockage of the flow of oil again by the Sudanese authorities. This is a clear violation of the cooperation agreement. This is why we decided to involve our partners who are also the stakeholders in the oil production. We want to know and see what role they can play at this moment”, a senior diplomat at the ministry told Sudan Tribune on Monday.

The official who also requested anonymity said the government wants to give diplomatic efforts a chance before coming out with the details to the public, saying he hopes China will be able to convince Khartoum allow the full flow of the oil and operation of the workers without intervention.

“You see the cooperation agreement is very clear on the oil resumption. It does not limit the flow. Also we allowed Sudanese security operatives to our fields for the protection of the workers not to be involved in the technical work. These are the issues which we brought up today at the meeting with the Chinese ambassador. We made it very clear that oil workers must be allowed to do their work without interference from any side because they are technical people”, the official explained to Sudan Tribune.

Meanwhile South Sudanese Minister of Information and Broadcasting Service, Barnaba Marial Benjamin denied any knowledge of the closure of the oil follow when contacted by the Sudan Tribune on Monday.

“I cannot confirm because I do not have any information”, Marial told Sudan Tribune on Monday without giving additional comments.

However, a senior civil servant who works at national legislative Assembly in Juba told Sudan Tribune: “Minister Marial knows what is happening but he does not want to be quoted out by the media because he thinks it will generate public disquiet and possible protest which is what they want to avoid. The government wants to try diplomatic efforts. They want to handle it diplomatically.”

“It is not a secret anymore. It is already public knowledge. The government should just tell the public what happened instead of trying to sleep on what is already known. Our people in the field are communicating with us and they are saying what is happening there”, the official explained.

NO COMMENTS FOR CLOSURE

The undersecretary the ministry of petroleum and Mining, Machar Ader told Sudan Tribune that he would not comment on the issue when contacted by Sudan Tribune on Monday.

Ader was the senior official at the ministry of petroleum and Mining who led a technical delegation to the field on Monday. He is expected to make internal briefing on Tuesday to the government.

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  • 21 May 2013 07:03, by Michael Angelo

    I knew it was a trap to stole our oil again. Who NCP think they’re fooling? They just run out of hard currecy and decided to cheat us through this fake agreement called cooperation agreements.

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  • 21 May 2013 07:10, by allan

    idont know why our people are not learning something these gays ass northern people this is game
    juba need to open there eye twic befor making decision

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  • 21 May 2013 07:24, by Kikiji longiro

    Our my God,
    Again they have taken a huge amounts from the South Sudanese pockets..Is al Bashir really not sick ?
    What involved SPLA in the war of Darfur ?
    Kikiji

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  • 21 May 2013 07:25, by Kikiji longiro

    Our my God,
    Again they have taken a huge amounts from the South Sudanese pockets..Is al Bashir really not sick ?
    What involved SPLA in the war of Darfur ?
    Kikiji

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    • 21 May 2013 07:51, by cbuongdit cholkua

      Such a thing happen always when you are friend with someone that turned to be your friend during the day then become a big enemy when the night falls.So S.S should not keeps following the North while they are clearly know that have a huge mountain of problems.Therefore,being a bad decision maker always resulted into being recognized as a fool.Who doesn’t knows that Khartoum was playing game on S.S

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  • 21 May 2013 07:33, by BM Bol

    This was bound to happen and it was just a matter of time and when. It’s only shocking when our people act with surprise. With government (Juba) 100% dependency on oil revenue, Khartoum pretty much have their hands on our throats and they will always tighten them whenever they feel like. The only solution is to aggressively invest in agriculture and other resources.

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    • 21 May 2013 08:03, by Nibs

      " Also we allowed sudanese security operatives to our fields for protection of workers..." when someone said, the government is rotten to the core, some people get upset! What do you think of the above statement? How can a sensible official allow security personnels from enemy state to protect its people?

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  • 21 May 2013 07:44, by George Bol

    S. Sudan oil has been in the wrong hands unknowingly. I have saying that the flow of oil to Khartoum territory means Jallaba are happy to steal our oil in the daylight.We not we keep our oil on the ground rather to give it to the enemy who can destroy it anytime in their territory. We know that Abyei, border, and Nuba/Blue Nile problems are there and keep allow oil to follow to North. Big problem!

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    • 21 May 2013 07:58, by sudani ana

      Mr Bol
      You guys need to understand that Blue Nile and South Kurdofan/ Nuba mountains are Sudanese territories. You shouldn’t interfer in the internal affairs of another country.

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      • 21 May 2013 12:21, by South South

        Sudani ana,
        You need to know that the word Sudan means black and people who live in Blue Nile, Nuba Mountains and Darfur are black people, our brothers. Think about it, do you think we will let you kill our brothers while watching from side line ? You fake Arabs are stupid enough to understand simple things in life.

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        • 21 May 2013 13:53, by Oppressor

          South South Big Mouth" We Are Ur Master & Sudanese will remain the key & Stone Corner 4 everything that happened & happening & which will happen in future whether u scamps like it or not OIL is A GAME for the BIG players & u are not even grown up yet so tell me if u & ur fake mighty splamn ’ve any power to play against SUDAN why u didn’t took action to avoid the blockage in ur own Unity state haaa

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  • 21 May 2013 07:51, by John The President

    Is this statement not a surprise " we allow Sudan security service to our field to protect workers" if joint security unit to protect workers in the oil field was not part of the security cooperation then what? I can now conclude that there was no agreement reached just allow our oil flow through your land,the status of the agreement must be reviewed by fresh minds if the oil is to continue flow.

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  • 21 May 2013 08:09, by Tura Acuse

    This is to inform you all the fellows citizen that we have to do some thing to remove Salva Kiir Mayardit otherwise, we are finish. This shutdown of oil this time is him (Kiir). Kiir has to go and witness the first crude being taken to market. Kiir, we can curse you and die. why are you killing mere citizen.

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  • 21 May 2013 08:20, by Pif Paf

    The corporation agreement is clear not only on oil flow but also on support for the rebels. It is also not a secret that some circle within the SPLM still continue to support the SRF which is a clear violation of the agreement and will result in the total blockage of the oil if this support continues. This agreement must be adhered to in full by both parties if it is to survive.

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    • 21 May 2013 08:54, by cbuongdit cholkua

      PifPaf
      Don’t take this as a joke.Sudan now has already pulled the Trigger which is now going to allow South to support the Rebels very open with no more lame accusations.just wait, soon you will hear a good lyric that you will loved to hate.

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      • 21 May 2013 09:35, by Pif Paf

        There is nothing you can do that we cant, but there is alot that we can do which you cant. The blockage was a response not a trigger. We will be waiting my friend just dont take too long.

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        • 21 May 2013 09:54, by cbuongdit cholkua

          Trust me, soon there will be a lot of groaning in Khartoum.Just matter of time.

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    • 21 May 2013 09:12, by Chol

      Pif Paf, don’t depend on an agreement; just put on your uniforms and fight your own rebels. If you don’t fight your own rebels, who do you think will do it for you? An agreement will not fight your own rebels? You Sudanese seem to ran out of ideas; “divide and conquered” became an old trick in the book. What’s next? Just take your guns and fight your own rebels.

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      • 21 May 2013 09:31, by Pif Paf

        Chol,
        Fine by us. We will continue to fight our rebels and you will continue to fight yours. And about your oil, please dont complain that it is being blocked because we will not aid a country that wishes us harm. If u dont want to depend on the agreement then u should not depend on us.

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        • 21 May 2013 15:48, by Chol

          Pif Paf, I already made that point clear to South Sudanese authorities that; if they don’t want security of South Sudan to be undermined today and in the future; they should fine an alternative route for the South Sudan oil to international market. This depending of oil through Sudan is a national security risk for South Sudan. I hope the smart people in South Sudan government listen carefully!

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  • 21 May 2013 08:34, by Nyapan

    To me I think shut down of our oil by Sudan is not surprising because when both counties engaged in accusation of each other supporting rebel, automatically, Sudan will opt for oil closure as it knows that is where our sources of funds come from.
    So we need our leaders to plan well and secure sustainable line of our oil.

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  • 21 May 2013 08:57, by Jonny

    What is surprising here is only statement which show us that, our people were expected to be protected by Sudanese security force,but shunting down of oil flow was known since no one was happy in SS for our oil to flow through N.Sudan depending on the lesson learn before.

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  • 21 May 2013 09:08, by Justice

    This is not a surprise to me after all. Allowing our oil through Sudan was biggest mistake in the first place. How can we naïvely trust our #1 adversary to be our partner in this crucial matter? Our leaders in Juba should have known better! Allowing our oil through north gives Sudan the upper hand to interfere in our internal affairs and to manipulate our oil as it pleased.This is a big no!!!

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  • 21 May 2013 10:25, by Akuma

    These are sign of ignoring implementing matrix agreement by Khartoum regime. Both Khartoum and Chinese oil companies will be questionable if oil is not reaching into its destination. Do Khartoum need another demonstration relating the high prices of commodities in their cities.
    South Sudan government is now surving almost a year without oil revenue. Dr. Akuma, Chicago, USA

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  • 21 May 2013 10:39, by Adok Wolu

    iam still not understand the topic
    what connect Tharjiath oil field with Sudanese security to the extend that they close the pipe line ? some thing need to be clarify

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  • 21 May 2013 10:50, by Nyonged jau

    Waw, it must be bullshit if you are taken by surprise. Khartoum did not want to implement the so call coorperation agreement. It was just a simple ploy to steal other millions barrels of oil and that is why I remain opposed to oil resumption through Sudan pipeline.
    It is stored now in their station.
    Please, shut it down.

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  • 21 May 2013 12:13, by Mohammed Ali 2

    Are you blind? Read the article again. The SPLA thieves goverment is hiding the news from it’s own pple. Why? Because they will stage demonstrations. Why? Because ordinary , innocent, starving & marginalised pple of SS want normal, good, friendly relationship with Sudan without any interference or any war....con

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    • 21 May 2013 12:22, by Mohammed Ali 2

      CON:Isaias Ibrahim said what the pple say in the street, "the pple of SS don’t want to interfer in Sudan, don’t want to support Sudan rebells, don’t war with Sudan, we want to live, have,schools, medicine" But did the thieve government do ? The killed him with cold blood! The think they will silence the voice of hunry & angry ppl.The respect & appreciate the peacful gestures of president Basheer!

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      • 21 May 2013 12:32, by Mohammed Ali 2

        CON:They expressed their love to him openly during his last visit to Juba.Kiir was responsive. But the killers of Issaias were not happy>The SPLA thieves have a long history of "liquidating" their opponents.Garang through Edward Lino "liquidated" a huge " national wealth" of intellectuals & highly educated pple of SS.It will take generations to replenish that invaluable wealth.

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        • 21 May 2013 12:44, by Mohammed Ali 2

          CON:The thieves have their families & looted money in Australia & US are ready to liquidate anyone who stands on their way in their " private farm. They donnot care if half or all the pple of SS die.Now, that they are rebelling against their own president, am afraid that Kiir himself is in Danger.Pagan & Edward Lino will not hesitate to move away any one who stands on their way.Kiir must take care

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          • 21 May 2013 12:57, by Mohammed Ali 2

            CON:The thieves donnot want the innocent,starving, poor & marginalised pple to know the truth.Abyei gang & Garangs sons are not happy with the last agreement.They are not happy with Kiir decisions and tendency to settle all problems with Sudan amicably & friendly.Peace mean the loss of their hegemony and open access to the billions of the poor & marginalised pple of SS.So they rebelled openly!

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            • 21 May 2013 13:08, by Mohammed Ali 2

              CON:Who is Pagan to challange Kiir? What is his weight?He is getting Support from the Abeyei gang & the multi-millionare widow of Garang.Can you imagine that lady warned the President of state to cross the red line.His mistake is that he removed her from the ministry of roads where she looooted hundreds of millions $ through her own company " Ayat Road construction" for roads existed only on paper

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              • 21 May 2013 13:24, by Mohammed Ali 2

                CON:Now they blame Kiir!The MoF challanged Thieve Pagan openly about $ 60 million ...oh my god..SIXTY MILLION $ untill now we don’t know where is it? Probably he is buying popularity from other tribes.Kiir should take much Care!The thieves will kill him,take it from me!Now he is moving to consolidate his postion in BEG,they will not stay watching,they will try their level best to eliminate him!

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    • 21 May 2013 12:26, by South South

      Mohammed Ali 2,
      You are really stupid. There is no good relationship between South Sudan and Sudan forever, never. South Sudan will never trust fake Arabs. You are Fake and fake things are good for nothing. We have been fighting with you for more than 50 years and many innocent people from South Sudan were killed in cold blood by fake Arabs. You must paid for that penguins.

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      • 21 May 2013 14:13, by Oppressor

        South South Big Mouth" talkative fa nothing who needs ur dirtiness ?? The relation Mohamed Ali meant ya baleed is Business to benefit Sudan from the OIL,if we assumed that we Sudanese one day that we love u we would ’ve not let u go free easily what we need is most of oil money & remaining is urs to Drink Mariysa ya insect haaaa haaa

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        • 21 May 2013 16:12, by Deng II

          Open mahammed Asshole
          Your fake boy molester’s leader taught you fake Kuran that told you and Bashit to called other people a insect. Go to fuck your mother’s anus, in fact, your leader taught you too. Your leader taught you also to fuck other man such as President Bashit if she has aching anus.

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          • 21 May 2013 18:00, by Mohammed Ali 2

            Deng , truely , the truth hurts! It hurts you that much until that "shit" came out of your brain through your mouth.Well, I amm brought up in a family which taught good manneres and decency from the holly Quran.Under no circumstances ,I will never allow myself to descent to that low filthy level of yours! Sorry, you can drag me that low; remain there alone untill you rotten !

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            • 21 May 2013 18:47, by Deng II

              Fake son of God
              Who going to clean your dirty asshole any more since Darfur, Nuba, South Sudan, and Blues Nile are broke away?
              Any body realize now, we are tied abstract diseases from Arab ass always, so we not going to take it any more. Quran said if kill people you going to get seven beautiful women from heaven, isn’t true? Or if you killing a pagan person u will be reward. U Call us insect’ gay

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          • 21 May 2013 18:14, by Oppressor

            Cool Down Deg II President Basheer is your master coz he provided u with the best ever chance to behave like human however else a scamp like u supposed to be rooming in the Jungle of Uganda Beggaring for food now.

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            • 21 May 2013 19:14, by Deng II

              open Mohammed asshole
              Bashit is my diseases, moron. I wise icc can catch him and put him in a prison where hungry gays of WESTERN WORLD READY TO fuck him properly.

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              • 21 May 2013 20:00, by Mohammed Ali 2

                Deng "0" Carry, still more filthy "shit" has to come out of your brain, seems there nothing there! The more you talk the more what "type" family brought you up. Carry on...show us you orignal CV & credentials !

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                • 21 May 2013 21:07, by Deng II

                  Fake son of God
                  My family brought me up properly than your family that produce terrorists all over the world because you taught by hollow leader that care only of their kind and believed in gay and women. You don’t like shit? while you take it out by your hand through your anus?. My family never killed Arab in vain, but you who been taught by boy’s molested leader, are suck.

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                  • 21 May 2013 21:18, by Deng II

                    You son of bitch been produced by a big booty circumcisions asshole women, talk to me with anus, instead of mouth. you felt pain, go to Bashit to fuck you, your gay like. Don’t ask me a medicines if abstracted syphilis from your gay mate’s Bashit,

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                    • 21 May 2013 21:42, by Deng II

                      Do I have to coax you? Hell no, I don’t need your coax too, although you turn with your gay’s like ass, I better to put absolutely long pole of stick insides you, to get u feel better dude.

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  • 21 May 2013 12:23, by Jalaby

    This is ridiculous!! thieves complained Khartoum government to Chinese ambassador! what Chinese ambassador can really do? are you mental or what?
    Well, I won’t be surprised if Mr. Kiir doesn’t know that his commanders in SPLA and other leaders are still providing weapons and support to SPLA-N and they were behind the recent attack on Um Rowaba and Abo Karshola,

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    • 21 May 2013 12:45, by Jalaby

      I really won’t be surprised if he doesn’t know because the guy can easily be fooled and thieves can break into his office and steal his money without any problem!
      Look thieves, you better stop playing dirty game with Sudan, if you really want a healthy relationship with Sudan then stop jeopardizing Sudan national security, you can’t give one hand for peace while

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      • 21 May 2013 12:49, by Jalaby

        stabbing Sudan with poisoned knife by the other hand!
        Sudan gave Mr. Kiir the list of SPLA/M who supported SPLA-N in the recent attack and it is not secrete that Taban Deng, the governor of Unity state is among them, Taban Deng is a traitor because he decided to ally with Mr. Kiir against Machar, all Nuer people will damn this corrupted traitor!!

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    • 22 May 2013 15:43, by dengdanger

      I WANT TO TELL THIS BITCH NAME JALABA THAT WE ARE CLOSING IN ON UR BITCH ASS WE KNOW UR MOTHER IS FROM NUER N FATHER FROM ARAB KEEP TALKING SHIT ABOUT OUR LEADERS N IS GONNA BE UR ASS BITCH.KP TALKING U SON OF A BITCH.
      ALSO REMEMBER THE LAST WAR IS ON THE WAY N IS STARTIN HERE IN SOUTH N END IN KHARTOUM GARANG VISION IS STILL ALIVE BUT U FOOL THINK ITS DEAD . U FOOLS KEEP DREAMING THAT IS OVE

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    • 22 May 2013 15:44, by dengdanger

      I WANT TO TELL THIS BITCH NAME JALABA THAT WE ARE CLOSING IN ON UR BITCH ASS WE KNOW UR MOTHER IS FROM NUER N FATHER FROM ARAB KEEP TALKING SHIT ABOUT OUR LEADERS N IS GONNA BE UR ASS BITCH.KP TALKING U SON OF A BITCH.
      ALSO REMEMBER THE LAST WAR IS ON THE WAY N IS STARTIN HERE IN SOUTH N END IN KHARTOUM GARANG VISION IS STILL ALIVE BUT U FOOL THINK ITS DEAD . U FOOLS KEEP DREAMING THAT IS OVE

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  • 21 May 2013 15:00, by wadelsudan

    As long as the SRF is attacking civilian and committing ethinic cleanising in sudan the oil will not flow to through the North,Alhilo should help south to get another route.or Kiir and amom should drink it instead.

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    • 21 May 2013 17:04, by Mohammed Ali 2

      That is it,yawadasudan!These pple think that we will allow them to make money then use it to kill us.That is stupid and ridiculous!Salva Kiir when he was shown all the evidence,said he will study & investigate them!Well , take your time, don’t hesitat to give us a call if you need help!Kiir might not know what is happening behind his back.This may be to undermine his efforts to improve life in SS

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