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Sudan has no intention of reversing oil shutdown decision, minister says

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July 23, 2013, (KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s oil minister, Awad Ahmed al-Jaz, has reiterated that Khartoum will stick to its decision of stopping the flow of South Sudan’s oil through its territory following the end of the 60 day deadline.

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

The Sudanese government last week emphasised that it will stop oil exportation at the announced date of 7 August.

Juba responded by reducing its oil output to 160,000 barrels per day from 200,000 barrels a day.

On Tuesday South Sudan’s oil minister Stephen Dhieu Dau said that his country will complete the shutdown of its oil production by next week.

Dau said Juba implored upon its northern neighbor not to follow through on its threat and warned that the pipelines risk being damaged for good thus posing a loss to Khartoum and other investors.

The Sudanese oil minister said during a meeting today with a high level delegations from the Chinese National Petroleum Company (CNPC) and the Malaysian Petroleum Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) that the “ball is in the court of South Sudan”.

Al-Jaz said that South Sudan could avoid stoppage of oil flow by fully implementing the cooperation agreements matrix and proposals of the African Union mediator Thabo Mbeki agreed upon by 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.

But last June, the Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir ordered the closure of all pipelines carrying oil from South Sudan. He said that the move was in response to South Sudan’s funding of rebels fighting his government.

Al-Jaz recalled to the efforts made by Sudan to arrive at a lasting peace with South Sudan, saying that security is crucial element for oil transfer from production areas to global markets.

He stressed that his ministry was able to maintain the oil installations when South Sudan shut its production, expressing his ministry’s readiness to provide technical assistance for South Sudan.

The Sudanese official said that his government is keen on the future of the oil industry in Sudan and called upon partners for further cooperation in order to increase oil production, pointing to the growing demand for energy locally and globally.

Representatives of CNPC and PETRONAS, for their part, expressed hope that Sudan and South Sudan work together to arrive at a solution which helps overcome the problem for the benefit of the two countries.

Khartoum says the rebel groups of Darfur, Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains are harboured and supported by the South Sudanese government. In return, Juba points out that the ongoing rebellion led by David Yau Yau in Jonglei is backed by the Sudanese authorities.

The African Union (AU) panel recently made a series of proposals aiming to ensure the effective implementation of the security arrangements and dispatched a team of experts to determine the centreline of the demilitarised border zone between the two countries.

The AU Ad Hoc Investigative Mechanism (AIM), which is comprised of three senior military officers, was scheduled to arrive today in Khartoum and head later to Juba.

It is tasked with probing accusations made by Sudan and South Sudan of support to each other’s rebel groups.

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  • 24 July 2013 06:00, by Marco Bul

    It is slready HEARD!! Who is begging u not to close the damn pipeline? Are we free now to do whatever we want with SRF issue???? Yes,since we no longer have any cooperation agreements.

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    • 24 July 2013 07:53, by Rami Tot

      let them close their pipeline and we r going to support their rebels before we r not supporting them

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    • 24 July 2013 13:50, by Agutmajak

      Dear Arabs shutdown of oil is a stupid decision by Sudan’s minister, you shutdown the oil, you will suffer more than us Jalaby

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  • 24 July 2013 09:26, by Gabriel Ajak

    As a request to our govt of South Sudan, any Arab North Sudan trades from South Sudan all must be deported back to the Country of belong as a result of revenge with no more amendment and we forget about how they benefit us as we forget about the oil.

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  • 24 July 2013 10:00, by Konkooc

    Plan A fail completly let for get about it.
    Plan B, speed up the two oil refineries of Thiangrial and Tharjath to cheaper the internal transportation and boost agriculture product and the surpolouse of diesel and petrol will bring cashes.
    Plan C, constract pipe line to as per Lamu/Djebouti project.
    That is the best way of self dependency

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  • 24 July 2013 12:12, by Oppressor

    Gabriel Ajak & Marco you are so disperatly trying to hold up yourselves to be cool but i can feel the heat & damn pain you are having now adays any way support SRF but by which resources ya got nothing but we ’ve all the means of support to Brave Heart YAU YAu & DR .Lam Akol & others like DR Machar & even Taban Ding we can support nowadays they don’t have any work to do Kirr Sacked them they can

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    • 24 July 2013 12:19, by Oppressor

      Cont.. easly accept bribe as long as they are claimed by dinka as looters haaaa haaaa haaaaa belive me soon Neur will have their own Bahr Elgazal Independent State rolled by DR Machar so keep quite ya don’t know Sudanese well if we decide to do somthing it will be done within now time ..... just prepare ya selves CIVIL WAR IN SOUTH IS ON THE CORNER I CAN SEE IT DINKA AGAINST NEUR ALLIED WITH OTHER

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  • 24 July 2013 18:42, by Gabriel Ajak

    Bro Oppressor and other friends of yours are all devil of doom here in South Sudan u are now finishing up the tribe of Murle what will u gain after that, cause on u.

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  • 24 July 2013 21:01, by panom lualbil

    Just shut the hell down and shot the fuck up! MUSLIMS are half-baked brain human being. We should never be talking about the same exportation of oils every now and then like kids. SPLA FOUGHT THE WAR WITHOUT SALARY.

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