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Sudan stresses demand for compensation from south as budget amendment looms

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April 23, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese government today insisted that for talks to resume with Juba, the latter must compensate Khartoum for the damages incurred during its 10-day occupation of the oil-rich region of Heglig in South Kordofan.

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Sabir Hassan, one of Khartoum’s negotiators (Reuters)

The Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) managed to take over Heglig, which produces half of Sudan’s oil production on April 20 but according to both sides facilities in the area were badly damaged.

The two countries traded accusations over responsibility for the destruction with Juba claiming that the Sudanese air force bombed the facilities.

A committee from the justice ministry is currently conducting an investigation to determine the exact monetary value of the losses in Heglig.

Sabir Mohamed al-Hassan, a member of Sudan’s negotiating team on financial issues, said that Juba must publicly acknowledge its mistake of occupying Heglig in violation of international law and stressed that they will not head to the negotiation table without reparations from South Sudan.

Al-Hassan also confirmed that the government is working on an alternative budget that omits oil transit fees and all other projections related to revenue that were part of the 2012 plan.

He did not say whether the Heglig production halt is among the changes that will be introduced to the budget. The official also did not confirm reports on whether lifting subsidies on fuel will be included in the new budget.

Khartoum and Juba were engaged in lengthy negotiations regarding how much the landlocked South should pay in fees to transport its oil through pipelines that extend all the way to Port Sudan on the Red Sea.

Sudan insisted on the $36 per barrel figure which South Sudan south swiftly rejected and proposed around $1.

Late last year, Khartoum started confiscating part of the oil as payment in kind as talks dragged on.

Landlocked South Sudan - which seceded from Sudan in July – retaliated and decided to shut down its entire 350,000 barrel per day oil production in January as part of the dispute, although crude oil brings in 98 percent of government revenues.

On Friday, Sudan’s President Omer Hassan al-Bashir declared that South Sudan will no longer be able to export its oil through the pipeline.

"We don’t want fees from the oil of South Sudan and we will not open the pipeline. There is no oil from South Sudan that will pass through our pure land, so that not one dollar goes to these criminals," Bashir said.

South Sudan broke away from Sudan after a referendum last year in which the South voted overwhelmingly for partition after almost 50 years of unbroken rebellion against Khartoum.

The division gave South Sudan about three quarters of the country’s oil production, but it must still use pipelines and other facilities running through Sudan to export it.

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  • 24 April 2012 13:34, by mathem jech amer

    Better first compensate South Sudan on damages caused by antenov bombing as well as Abyei.

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    • 24 April 2012 13:53, by Michael Angelo

      These fake arabs talk as if they’re the smartest people in this world. How many destructions & attrocities did your government committed and they didn’t compensate South Sudan?. What about those people who die everyday from airstrike?

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      • 24 April 2012 14:28, by Mach

        What talk and compensation when war is declared? You should be waiting for the same coin payback!

        You don’t throw bombs and expect the talk! This is an all-out war for the next decade!

        Talking of oil transit fee is just laughable!

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  • 24 April 2012 13:53, by DeltaBravo

    What are these useless people talking about. Panthou is our Land, it is our Oil that was destroyed not Sudan Oil. Very soon we are going to claim our Land , and you will find your self watching your anus in Saudi Arabia where you came from. Just keep insulting. You will smell who we are. As long UN, AU and the rest of the World doesn’t care about SouthSudan. We will use ISRAEL way to teach you.

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    • 24 April 2012 14:26, by Loko El Pollo

      YOU WANT WAR, SO IT WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU.WE ARE NOT AFFRAID OF YOU,YOUR AIR POWER IS NOT NEW TO US.WHAT LED TO WAR WAS CONSTANT AERRIAL BOMBARDMENT OF NON MILITARY INSTALLATIONS.FIRST COMPENSATE FOR THE MILLION DOLLAR DEMAGE IN RUBKONNA AND BENTIU.THE OIL YOU ARE SUCKING UP IN PANTHOU WAS GIVEN TO YOU AS A PAWN FOR ABYEI.NOW WE DON’T HAVE ABYEI AND PANTHOU.SO WE ARE LEFT TO NO OPTIONS BUT WAR OVER

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      • 24 April 2012 14:31, by Loko El Pollo

        THESE AREAS.THE CONCESSIONS DR RIEK GAVE TO YOU ARE THE ONE YOU ARE VIOLATING AT THIS POINT.SPLA IS NOT GOING TO SIT FOR LESS AND LET YOU HAVE THE PANTHOU OIL FOR NOTHING.

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    • 24 April 2012 15:22, by zulu

      Delta,
      You said it. for thieves to demand the owners of property to compensate for damage to loots is just preposterous.
      these guys economy is fucked up and there is no way china wants to relieve them. as thieves who stole our oil now they try other means. we will crush you snakes.

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    • 24 April 2012 16:01, by Foundation

      You are rite bro! They also have to compensate two million lives they killed during the war.

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  • 24 April 2012 14:39, by Luke

    what are this facks talking about, the last destruction was done when SPLA withdraw from Heglig. SAF sent 4 MiGs to the field to clear everthing including SPLA who were coming from Kassana to Teswen via Leglig. in fact SAF think SPLA would never move its forces and know very well that the areas is not for them. the pipeline was burnt using the resourcs of South Sudan which you have been stealing.

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    • 24 April 2012 14:47, by Luke

      South Sudan can not destroy their infrastructure as long as they know they will own it this Month either through peaceful mean or guns as Beshir said. NCP must stop preaching lies, just say no peace talk with South Sudanese fullstop and never think of compensation. South Sudan have a right to take you to court for all damages you have made since 1956 till now.

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      • 24 April 2012 20:59, by simon yel

        shut up south sudan will not compensate the lost properties of NCP government in Panthou . these are called war casualites if you don’t know you the most stupid Arabs fuck you .

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  • 24 April 2012 14:46, by Jewish Ally

    so it is now known for sudan that there interest is oil oil oil not any other thing
    wait for compensation for the damage you cause yourself.
    how much will you pay for the life of South Sudanese life that you have cause and you are still booming them
    greedy silly government of bastard
    shame and shame on you indeed

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  • 24 April 2012 16:07, by E. Defense Forces
  • 24 April 2012 16:36, by Koang

    Go to hell!!
    compensate for the Church burned, killed civilians and shelters and get out of our area!

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  • 24 April 2012 16:38, by CA junior

    haha compensation my ass. These arabs wannabes must be kidding.It is funny when i keep hearing that sudan is gonna sued south sudan at the international court for damages in panthou. yet when it comes to the indictment of their mentally-ill president, emotinally-retarded minister of defence hussein and Harun, sudan reject the jurisdiction of the same legal system over it internal matters..

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    • 24 April 2012 16:46, by CA junior

      ctd only if these three most wanted criminals can attend the hearing about damages done in panthou, otherwise not even a single penny is going north.

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      • 24 April 2012 17:25, by Peacocktail

        Compensation!!! COmpensation WOOOOOOO!!!!! why bless War if your intention is to demand compensation, Bashir must learn how to start the war and end of the war. Yesterday was celebration of Victory, today cry of demages and loses including military equipments, Infantry,military truck capture mounted with Machines guns. Compensate, compensate, Kiling Insects, when did Bashir request locusts to comp

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        • 24 April 2012 17:30, by Peacocktail

          Bashir should forget about our Oil, we are intending to transport our any more in Sudan. Stop dreaming about our own wealth. your hatred implanted in you had crashed in the Sudan. We free now and South Sudan the SPLA still strong and and beatable. Bombing will not caputer Bentiu nor Pan akuac, we shall go back to Panthou and dislodge your troops, leacve about compensate, war in not over yet, Neve

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  • 24 April 2012 17:43, by Kim Deng

    Folks,

    We’re at war with arabized Nubian gov’t. Which means, the ball is on our Court, either to confront these rats (parasites) in warfields or wait for one-sided international community for our rescue after our dead bodies.

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  • 24 April 2012 18:20, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Why we compensate Arab that are Robbing our properties.
    Since south is under destruction 1983, there is no compensation for Indigenous. All those properties that are destroyed due to the fighting, those are our properties.
    We have no compensation with Arab Invaders.
    we have no peace anymore with Arab pretenders in Africa.

    Long SPLA
    LONG SPLM
    LONG LIVE OUR NILE
    Liberation is not over yet

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  • 24 April 2012 20:56, by Abraham

    Look at him the guy in picture, too dark to be an Arabs. Compare his photo with images of Eyptians,Tunis, Algerians, Morocans or Arabsof middle East and You will know Arabs wanabe of Sudan are just laughing stock of Arabs World. And about compensation, it is funny indeed!! In war the one who lament and cry is the defeated one. Insects of South Sudan has no power to damage oil facilities..,funny to

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  • 24 April 2012 21:51, by Longa

    How can insects be able to compensate! You cry is crying. Panthou is our you are there for awhile. What so called arabs came out to relieve themselves from internal dispearance. It was very clear that the trouble makers in Sudan are the so arabs. They stick to power and resources to marginalize the rest of the Sudanese in their places. The owners of Sudan are coming.

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  • 25 April 2012 00:18, by deng

    Who ever wrote this article suck. SPLA withdraw not being force out in Panthou(Heglig). I am also supprise by the demaned by North Sudan government for the oil facitility damage compensation. Compensation in hell. You haven’t compensate South Sudan for the great destructions you have done. No school, no clinics/hospital, no roads, clean water for drinking in the South since 1956! Meet us in hell.

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