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Talks between Khartoum & Juba on oil break down despite AUHIP efforts


January 17, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) led by former South African president Thabo Mbeki has failed to convince the delegations from Khartoum and Juba to return to the negotiation table in Addis Ababa and sort their dispute over oil fees.

Chairman of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) and former South African president Thabo Mbeki (AFP)

South Sudan’s chief negotiator Pagan Amum who is also the Secretary General of the Sudan people Liberation Movement (SPLM) said that Khartoum “poisoned” the negotiation atmosphere.

Amum at a press conference also faulted Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir saying he forsook a “golden opportunity” to solve his country’s economic woes.

According to press reports, South Sudan demanded that its northern neighbor pay an equivalent of 1.4 million barrels of oil to resume talks.

The Sudanese foreign ministry spokesperson Al-Obeid Marwih accused Juba of lacking seriousness and revealed that the negotiations that were scheduled to start on Monday have not commenced yet amid attempts by Mbeki to jump-start it.

Marwih said that the Sudanese delegation submitted its position on the service fees South Sudan should pay for using oil infrastructure on its territories and the arrears that have accumulated as a result of non-payment by Juba.

The AUHIP has been mediating for months between the two countries in frantic efforts to bridge differences over the issue of oil transit fees.

Sudan is insisting on a payment of $36 per barrel which South Sudan claims is excessive compared to international norms.

The Sudanese government has started implementing a law it adopted last year allowing the finance ministry to seize goods as a form of payment if the exporter does not pay the required fees.

Amum told Associated Press that Sudan is stealing oil “that would be the equivalent of purchasing two new pipelines a year, every year.” Amum said an oil company on Monday alerted the south’s government of another 750,000 stolen barrels worth $140 million.


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  • 18 January 2012 09:22, by Chukudum

    Now it is clear that Arabs doesnt know how to do business, if a rich man go pass your door and offers you some cash, the only thing to say is ’’pliz next time dont hesitate to pass via this road’’ but if you give him a blow, this rich dude might fine other ways to meet his rich friends at that other end.
    Khartoum should look at us as good investors than threatening the cake of their own economy.

    • 18 January 2012 19:43, by Equatoria dominated SPLM

      as garang said ya Chukudum ,mbeki is actually against our goverment since but after all we don care as long we gate our independent.any way issue of Abyei we are going solve it throught foxtrot [fighting] even if they disagree themselves.

  • 18 January 2012 09:31, by Sir. Nostalgic

    That is another sign of weakness again. How can 1.4 millions dollars robbed by force? SPLM led government should think twice and adjust quickly.

    • 18 January 2012 13:23, by mohammed ali

      Nostalgic, you are absolutely right!Pagan wants Sudan to pay him the equavelant of 1.4 million barrels of oil ( not dollars) guss for what? Just for his royal highness to start talking and attend the negotiation!Waw, he is very tough, strong...bla..bla he is a super power!

      • 18 January 2012 13:35, by Daniel Buolmawei

        Mohammed, your disappearance for all this week meant you felt the embarrassment of this rampage theft from Sudan. I have never seen or heard anything like this huge robbing theft in the history of mankind.

        • 19 January 2012 01:15, by Corrector

          This is not theft. This is rightful compensation for the use of the Sudan’s infracstructure and resources. South Sudan has no inherit right to use Sudan’s infrastucure and its reasonable for Sudan, just like any country to charge for the use of its infrastructure. This cannot and will not be viewed as theft under any international law. Get over it.

          • 19 January 2012 01:44, by Hardball

            Corrector, what you’re saying is not making any sense, who are the Southerners that are using your infrastructures and the one that are condemning you of stealing?

            If it’s true that they are using your pipeline, why don’t you ask them to pay first, and if they refused, then why don’t you deny them using the infrastructures? Please, stop the none-sense!

            • 19 January 2012 15:30, by Corrector

              Its either you lack an understanding of the English language or you struggle applying critical, clear and logical thought process. The Sudan has asked s.sudan to pay for its use of The Sudan’s national pipeline. S.sudan is unmotivated to reach an agreement. The Sudan has barred ships from loading any oil effectively shutting off the pipeline, much to S.sudan’s dislike. Get your facts right.

      • 19 January 2012 00:58, by Elijah B. Elkan

        Mr. Ali, Don’t be condensing to Mr. Pagan Amum to his intellectual ability. Those inbred in north Sudan have no clue how to ran a country. All they know is how read Koran which they do not understand. North Sudan must be punish for lying, and stealing south Sudan resource for last 50+ years. North Sudan need to pay Saudi Arabia $billions for help they gave you during civil war to fight south Sudan

  • 18 January 2012 09:33, by Chol A.

    If the negotiation failed this time than stop the pipeline please ROSS, Khartoum were now become headache on us. they just playing you arround while they still continuing with pumping and holding you on negotiation which will take years with no conclusion and no proper agreement all.

  • 18 January 2012 09:33, by Garang Abuk

    Mbeki can not make an honest broker in the post secession issues given his business holdings with Bashr’s family. Who choose him to be a mediator any way? After all he and his mentor Mandela were against our late leader John Garang because they both don’t believe in armed struggle. They wanted Garang to do it South African way. Would it have worked? Shame on Mandela.

    Garang Abuk

  • 18 January 2012 10:11, by ebony

    Pagan..why don’t you close the oil valve and build your own pipline

    • 18 January 2012 10:31, by Lorolokin

      Why is the Juba running after Khartoum for the Oil exportation ? Khartoum need action than talks. SHUT DOWN THE PIPELINE AND LET THEM GO TO HELL WITH THE CHINESE.I wish I could be ............ otherwise.

      • 18 January 2012 11:18, by Gabriel KK

        You are Loro, Our MPS are sleeping and our enemy is busy day and night looting our oil. Khartoum must know that our generation is diffrent from the old ones. Khartoum will face the consequences as a result of breaching the agreements.

  • 18 January 2012 10:35, by kuac Agol

    The oil company is also responsible for the stolen barrels,because they should be more vigilant and report the incident immediately to S.Sudan govt rethar than confessed lately and denied their past involvement.

    GOSS should show their seriousness to this company who is serving two interests of two govts.

    My comment to you is to find another company who is not having Bashir loyalities.

  • 18 January 2012 11:02, by Bauer

    Jalaby or whoever. Those pipelines were constructed by China and the NCP government in no way has control. We are suppose to only pay transit fees and that’s it. You don’t have to call Amum a thief because if he was ur dad by now you would be enjoying every single dime he’s got. Cut the crap and come to understand that you people are robbing our economy in broad day light and that is not correct.

  • 18 January 2012 11:09, by Gabriel KK

    Our Government must shut down the pipe and look for possible means for supporting the army and civil servants until the construction of alternative oil pipeline is done. Sudan our big neighbour is now our big thief and enemy. President Kiir and Mps must do something before is is too late. This is another Iraq and Kuwait game. shame on Sudan.

  • 18 January 2012 12:44, by Lang

    These talks are so useless, they are going no where. GOSS should just end relations all together with North Korea..I mean Sudan and shut off the pipeline.

  • 18 January 2012 13:36, by ONEK-JAH

    I’m tired of listening to the same complains of oil being stolen, GOSS must just take measures against those desert mafias in protecting the country resources, for how long can we share the property of our own land at equal portion with other country,

  • 18 January 2012 15:04, by Samuel Mabior

    South Sudanese Parliament should just sit down and agree for closure of the Oil Pipe, we will never reach any agreement with Arabs, the best and friendly Arab is the dead one, the living arabs never tell the truth....

  • 18 January 2012 16:46, by jong jong dog

    we southerns we don’t know what we want sometimes. we have quited our land for northners( khartoum is dinka land, shendi means achan dit,Toti is for chief tut of nuer.we cornered our self in 1/3 of sudan.now we are asking northerners to trasit our oil freely(where on earth that happens).so we either pay them the resonible fees or we tie belts around our bellies and eat tree leaves untill the pipe

    • 18 January 2012 17:38, by pabaak

      Jong Jong, you are right, even Omdurman, called Wen Dhourman," child searching the mother" and ther’s also Jezera Tuti, which as the name suggested is belonging to Nuer name, so there is no arab claim in Sudan, it was a mistake to agree for 1956 as our border, in fact the CPA has given Arab in Sudan more than they expected, by the way until now we don’t have a recognized border, that is ok for us

  • 18 January 2012 16:53, by jong jong dog

    until the pipe line is constructed through Kenya or Uganda or even up-hill to Ethiopia, mind you it is not free it may be even worse the one of Khartoum.

  • 18 January 2012 19:42, by Tambura

    Stop oil that is it

  • 18 January 2012 19:58, by JohnGarangFreedom

    Both South Sudan and North Sudan’s government both need to stop "Hardball game tricky politics." In long runs, it might not help to amend good relationships between two nations.

    • 18 January 2012 21:51, by Elijah B. Elkan

      Mr. J. G. Freedom, Little education is very dangerous. Learn the history of the new country. You sir lost 2.5 millions and your comments are so idiotic to the common senses. First, north Sudan has been doing this for almost 60 years. Second, south Sudan is less than 7 months old. The inbred in north Sudan are born liars, thief’s and cheaters and they should not be trusted.

  • 18 January 2012 21:42, by molana

    i dont believe in Thabo Mbeki since he arrived Sudan, his footsteps are not transparent

  • 19 January 2012 01:23, by allan

    I thought muslim dont steal what is all this stealing oil like twic

  • 19 January 2012 01:27, by Elijah B. Elkan

    The African Union is joke. How can African Union negotiate with the world most wanted criminal... Bashir. Mr. Mbeki is nothing but subservience to the inbreeds Arabs. Bashir and his cohorts need to hang for crimes against humanities in Darfur and the killing of millions of it’s citizens.

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