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June 29, 2013, (KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s oil minister, Awad Ahmed al-Jaz, has asserted the difficulty of building a new pipeline to transfer South Sudan’s oil through another country and said that it is not cost effective because the south needs two pipelines not a single line.

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Sudan Oil Minister Awad Al Jazz speaks during a news conference June 14, 2013 (REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

Al-Jaz, who was briefing the Sudanese community in Beijing, accused unidentified bodies of benefiting from the call for building a pipeline to transfer South Sudan’s oil, listing the natural, geographical, and security obstacles which hinders the construction of a new pipeline.

He claimed that some entities are appealing to South Sudan to replace the Chinese, Malaysian and Indian oil companies with western companies.

South Sudan’s oil industry is dominated by the companies that did deals with Khartoum before secession in 2011, with China, Malaysia and India besides France’s Total which holds a large but unexploited concession in Jonglei state.

Last Wednesday, the US Ambassador to Juba, Susan Page said that companies from her country were interested in investing in South Sudan’s oil.

US sanctions currently in place prevent any such move though former special envoy Princeton Lyman said in 2011 that Washington is seeking to lift them without breaching sanctions imposed against its northern neighbor.

The Sudanese oil minister further said that Sudan’s government has approved the African Union (AU) proposal to settle the dispute between Khartoum and Juba, pointing that his country supports resumption of oil flow for the benefit of all parties provided that cooperation agreements between the two countries are fully implemented.

In an exclusive interview with the New China News Agency (Xinhua) in Beijing, the Sudanese official also praised Chinese efforts to normalize relations between Khartoum and Juba, calling upon China to push towards the implementation of the cooperation agreements between the two countries.

In September of last year, both Sudan and South Sudan signed a series of cooperation agreements, which covered oil, citizenship rights, security issues, banking, border trade among others.

Last March, the two countries signed an implementation matrix for these cooperation agreements.

Earlier this month, the Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir publicly ordered al-Jaz to immediately shut down the pipelines carrying Juba’s oil for exporting accusing it of supporting rebel groups.

In the wake of Sudan’s decision to block flow of southern oil, the Chinese special envoy to Africa Zhong Jianhua held talks in Khartoum and Juba to end the fresh crisis.

He expressed his country’s desire to develop relations between Khartoum and Juba and said that there are efforts underway to come up with firm solutions to help sustain the agreements signed.

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  • 30 June 2013 10:23, by Akol Liai Mager

    Khartoum only reserve a right to block South Sudan Oil from passing through its territory, but have no right at all to block, run around and say to the South don’t consider other options for transporting the Oil to the World’s Market. The Devil itself will one day say to NIF fugitive leaders that I myself the Devil would not do that to South Sudan.

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    • 30 June 2013 10:33, by Ding Ding

      Mr Akol, the minister is scared now maybe they are told by china that, south sudan have got other deals.he is now talking of two pipeline one to were? and security to protect the pipeline inside south sudan are they the one protecting south sudan and kenya?

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      • 30 June 2013 16:16, by wieu-madiak

        Good confirmation

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        • 1 July 2013 16:43, by Mach

          Sudan doesn’t have any choice accept to downplay the situation! What’s Khartoum going to do? Tell Juba not to pursue it alternative pipeline!

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    • 30 June 2013 11:04, by moto

      I DO AGREE WITH YOU AKOL,ACTUAL KHARTOUM HAVE NO RIGHT OVER ALTERNATIVE PIPELINE IN SOUTH.THE DON,T HAVE RIGHT ALSO TO TELL US THAT WE SHOULD HAVE TWO PIPELINE FOR WHAT? WHAT I DO KNOW NOW THE REGIME IS ALL ABOUT TO COLLAPSE.

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      • 30 June 2013 11:50, by Zecharia Malong

        Yes, I agree on that point too.

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  • 30 June 2013 10:25, by Ding Ding

    Mr Aljaz, don,t worry about all those, one pipeline will be enough to south sudan and the rest maybe later, security inside south sudan and kenya is not your concern the government will deal with that.We are waiting you to shutdown the oil for us no changes we are ready for bashir decission he made when was drunk with siko and druks, JALLABY WHERE ARE YOU?READ WHAT YOUR MINISTER SAID HAHAHAHAHA

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  • 30 June 2013 10:28, by Deng Thiak Adut

    I trust what you said because no one had a courage in the South Sudan take your words seriously. I praises you for shutting down the pipeline due to the fact that your bankrupted government could not purchased any bullets and weapons to executes genocides in Darfour. Alternative pipeline is coming!

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  • 30 June 2013 10:29, by Deng Thiak Adut

    I trust what you said because no one had a courage in the South Sudan take your words seriously. I praises you for shutting down the pipeline due to the fact that your bankrupted government could not purchased any bullets and weapons to executes genocides in Darfour. Alternative pipeline is coming!

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  • 30 June 2013 11:01, by American Missile.

    Making alternative oil pipeline is the only way to parallel work in term of oil productions. but if we keep singing Alternative pipeline to Lamu,Kenya and Khartoum is not seeing any starting project,that is why is threatening us.
    However,Peace is very important for our country and this will provide enabling environment and Development.

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  • 30 June 2013 11:27, by Zecharia Malong

    What went wrong again mr minister? were you joking when you issued the order to shut down oil pipeline not to transport oil from your territory? S.Sudan is responsible for its resources so long it is independent nation. we agreed with what your govt ordered, full stop. signing deals with any company around the world is not your concern neither chinese nor malysian concern.

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  • 30 June 2013 12:31, by Jalaby

    Dr Al-Jaz,
    Sleep with full restful and with no anxiety because thieves in Juba won’t build a pipeline till the judgement day!!
    All the money they will get from oil exportation they will swallow it right away in their big belly, they only plan for today and nothing for tomorrow in their calendars because they’re visionless!

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    • 30 June 2013 12:38, by Jalaby

      We can learn the lesson from Nigeria, Nigeria is considered to be the biggest oil producer country in Africa and producing 2.5 million bpd but because of the high profile of corruption Nigeria has no oil infrastructure to process their oil so they export 2.5m bpd as crude oil with less price and import a refined oil at the same time with high price,can you believe it?

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      • 30 June 2013 12:48, by Jalaby

        Majority of the population in Nigeria live below the poverty line despite the huge oil they export and that’s because of corruption, I believe south Sudan will be worst than Nigeria and will soon be registered in "Guinness World Records" in terms of corruption since Mr. Kiir couldn’t capture the 75 thieves that he sent them letters to return what they stole!!!

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        • 30 June 2013 12:55, by Jalaby

          No worries Dr. Al-Jaz, how many years passed since those visionless people talked about building another alternative pipeline through Kenya or Djibouti?let them talk and talk and pipeline can’t be built by just talking!
          Never pay attention to their nonsense talking about pipeline,Talking will be their only output instead of oil pipeline!

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          • 30 June 2013 16:53, by sanduksanduk

            Jalaby the fake,
            Our pipelines will be built. We will sought out our thieves in Juba. Concentrate on the thieves in Khartoum. What did u do with our oil money in the years u pumped it? U bought guns that u r using against the ur people today. Our oil is ours forever Jalaby. Al Jaz can keep his mouth shut. Long live our oil.

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          • 2 July 2013 03:19, by cbuongdit cholkua

            Jalaby
            thank you for your words of encouragements,I will give you that. Your words are fruitful to South,that will give us strength and increased our clear thinking of about alternative PIPLINES.We have been singing that song for quiet sometimes and nothing came out of it.This time,we are for real and tell Al-juuz that to stop quacking like duck we do not want to hear nothing right now.

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            • 2 July 2013 03:53, by cbuongdit cholkua

              Con
              Because the deal is clearly planned out and nobody would ever stop it.you Jalaba north have been plenty of times to think for good way to maintain our relationship, but you did nothing rather than peeing on it.That’s makes you an untrusted neighbor.

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        • 1 July 2013 15:57, by moto

          MR.JALABY
          YOU ARE TRY TO DATED THE DONKEY AND CALL IT SWEETHEART, IF NOT YOUR DREAM DIE WITH A DREAM.WHAT I DO KNOW FROM YOU, YOUR BAD WISHES TO SOUTH SUDAN ARE NOW DIE BEHIND CLOSED DOOR OF YOUR REGIME.TELL ME THE GOOD THING YOU HAVE DONE TO YOUR PEOPLE SINCE 1956 UP-TO DATE.THE BEST THING YOU HAVE DONE IS KILLING OF YOUR OWN CITIZENS.PLEASE WE DO BELIEVE ON STORIES GO AND NARRATE TO YOUR WIFE.

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    • 1 July 2013 07:31, by Simbaya Afrika

      Jalabiya, you also know abut the judgement day? wow, i thought you guys only believe on 73 wives in jana. I am confused with what you just say.

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  • 30 June 2013 12:52, by Jubawe

    Jalaba
    i agree with you, our leaders are vision-less because they all from Dinka’s but unless they reach to the deal of building new pipe line because of non Dinka’s idea’s convince foreigner to invest in south, So Jalaba is not Minister business to talk about South should have two pipe line, they should worry about NUP leader are losing supporter because of his deal with Bashir, Arab spring on w

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    • 1 July 2013 08:58, by barbayo

      jubawe
      Bari will remain with their hatred and south Sudan will going head

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  • 30 June 2013 13:08, by Uncle J

    Shame! Shame! on you mr. Al-jazzzzzzzzzzzzz. Yours is not a speech but a report to Chinese what Susan Page has suggested early this week. What will Chinese do if South Sudan replace Arab related oil companies with western from US and Norway??????? Chinese are beggars just like you Sudanese depending on South oil, so they will have to tell South nothing but leave quietly.

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    • 30 June 2013 14:42, by Oppressor

      Southners Can’t bulid water pipeline rather than oil pipeline any way although i agree it is their right to do what soever in theier fake state but in do believe they are lacking abilties & capacities to do so coz they are the most crruoppted ever ppl in the world if we consider them as a part of this world.. haaaa haaaaa haaaaa

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      • 30 June 2013 16:11, by Uncle J

        who built your pipelines?????? don’t say Mohamed the devil prophet because you are a dump cunt, Chinese built it for you and the same Chinese can do the same job for us if South supply with what they want. Don’t forget Japanese too, they are way better than Chinese they can quickly build South Sudan pipelines. I don’t know where will you people say if that project successfully complete.

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        • 30 June 2013 16:19, by Uncle J

          ...just wait until I become a president in the South, I will make Arabs life in Khartoom more miserable so that you can go back to middle east that is where you came from. In the whole of Sudan you people do not exist.

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        • 30 June 2013 17:06, by Oppressor

          Uncle J U R exactly the one who is been described below:
          " To the extent that one’s heart is stained by the dross of sin, one is proportionately sealed off from the path of truth and deprived of understanding the Divine Signs and benefiting from His light and guidance"

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        • 30 June 2013 17:15, by Lotodo Awino Odug

          What he meant is a repeat of Lual Achuek’s position,he did insinuated that,it will be very expensive for the thick Dar blend to flow east to Lamu.for this to be possible,they gonna need two parallel pipelines,one for heating and the other for pumping.

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      • 1 July 2013 16:50, by Mach

        Oppressor, the current pipeline in Sudan; do you think we would have it today if it wasn’t for South Sudan? I don’t think you would proudly say Sudan built it!

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        • 1 July 2013 21:39, by Oppressor

          Mach talk about oil did any one from south dig it or offered a single $ to explore it it is we Sudanese who does all & u get it free that why a scamp of mighty fake splamn looters wasted long time to build a single rood since 2005 till now rather than building another pipe line go sleep layman..

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    • 30 June 2013 16:45, by Oppressor

      Uncle shit your comment shows ya don’t have idea what is going on !!!! ya so funny layman haaaaa haaaaa

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  • 30 June 2013 18:00, by James Wieu Mayol

    Dr. Al Jaz should predict himself about our oil. South Sudan is now exasperating about NIF regime politics in which they always the Best. Why are you worry about us while refusing our oil to pass by. It is now the time to say good luck for new pipeline if you meant by what was told us last when shutdown our oil. South Sudan has waited for so long. Please leave us alone. It is not difficult.

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    • 30 June 2013 20:39, by Oppressor

      Self praise leads to self destructive haaaa haaaa

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      • 1 July 2013 04:17, by Uncle J

        and that is exactly what is going on with KHARTOUMERS they self praised Bashir when he is destructing the whole country. Is it because there are now great politicians in your country that you have to keep a useless president into power what is it? Bashir and his ideas of brutality are exhausted so you know what u need? u need total change of the regime. Malik Agar can make u people best president

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        • 1 July 2013 21:56, by Oppressor

          Uncle shit on himself ya baleed i meant guys like u!! but u wouldn’t understand " as for your case, nothing should be discussed with you couz your brain knows only Dinka & splamn haaaaa haaaaa

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  • 1 July 2013 14:07, by john

    Dr dog has nothing to discussed with Sudanese in abroad about our new pipeline which is under construction. it is up to us whether to have one or more than one. your days are numbered and soon u will not be seen no more in sudan with your uncle Bashir.

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  • 1 July 2013 22:16, by James Nyika

    I want to thank Al Jazz (Al-Benzin) the Minister for suggesting that we need two pipeline one is not enough. it is true. But before we build that one the minister is looking for we have to start it with one. As soon as we finished building this , we re defiantly going to build the other on, So Mr. Minister don’t worry. thank you for your concern.
    James Nyika Ruben

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