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China reiterates call for restraint to north & South Sudan on oil dispute


January 21, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Chinese government on Saturday again called on the governments of Sudan and South Sudan to exercise restraint following Juba’s decision to suspend oil production in retaliation to Khartoum’s confiscation of part of the crude as a payment in kind.

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin (Reuters)

Sudan justified its move by saying that it will not wait indefinitely for a resolution out of the talks with its southern neighbour on fees that should be assessed for using the north oil refineries and infrastructure.

China has the biggest stake in South Sudan’s oil with figures showing that it imported 5% of its crude needs from the country’s oilfields, which became independent last July.

"Oil is the economic lifeline shared by Sudan and South Sudan," Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Liu Weimin said in response to a question on South Sudan’s decision.

"We urge the two sides to remain calm and restrained, avoid taking any extreme action and continue working together with mediation by the African Union and other parties to resolve their dispute."

"The Chinese side hopes that the two governments will fulfill their commitment to protecting the legal rights of Chinese enterprises and those of other partners," Liu said.

In Khartoum the Chinese ambassador Luo Xiaoguang said they have not formally been informed of South Sudan’s decision.

The two countries have been negotiating under the auspices of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) chaired by former South African president Thabo Mbeki. So far the talks have yielded no results as all tabled proposals were rejected.

The latest compromise suggested by AUHIP this week was for Khartoum to be granted 25,000 barrels of oil per day over the next three months that would be deducted from any final arrangements agreed to in the future.

This round of negotiations that kicked off in Addis Ababa hit a snag after South Sudan reportedly demanded that its northern neighbour pays an equivalent of 1.4 million barrels of oil to resume talks.

It is now likely that the talks on oil will be adjourned as the African Union (AU) summit date is approaching. Kenya said that Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir has agreed to meet his southern counterpart Salva Kiir on its sidelines.

Qutbi al-Mahdi, a senior official in the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) in Khartoum, said that Juba’s decision demonstrates “immaturity” and defended his government decision to confiscate the oil saying it is an international norm.

The NCP official accused certain elements in South Sudan government of seeking to stir trouble in order to serve a “vicious” agenda but projected the wise men of the South will intervene to change course.


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  • 22 January 2012 09:19, by SeekingTruth


    • 22 January 2012 09:27, by SeekingTruth


      • 22 January 2012 12:03, by Darkangel

        Your the fool. Sudan tribune edits and deletes anything against south sudan. Compare any article on Sudan and South Sudan here and on any other media outlet - you will notice many times Sudantribune intentionally edits it showing its clear pro-south sudan stance.

        I suggest you read Chinese official website for clearances and not depend on ST for correct information - its always bias and tainted

      • 22 January 2012 14:53, by Marolditapei


    • 22 January 2012 10:54, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      What the hell is this?

      The NCP official accused certain elements in South Sudan government of seeking to stir trouble in order to serve a “vicious” agenda but projected the wise men of the South will intervene to change course.

      i know what they are talking about. this time we don’t need Riek machar mouth in this issue of oil because this what they are asking here.

      • 22 January 2012 11:20, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

        Why i said Riek machar names here is because he is not wise enough but esey to cheated. just like his short political history can tell.

        I told justic minster and my elder John Luk to not late Riek Machar lead the negotiationn otherwise he could he cheatted like what happen in KPA.

        God bless Pagan Amum and his team.
        I love Pagan Amum.
        He is a man of job done. It is not esey to be chaet.

      • 22 January 2012 12:06, by Darkangel

        Hey Dinka heres something you can join and keep yourself busy with. i hope you dont get too excited with all the cows running around.


        this is for everyone else


    • 22 January 2012 13:55, by Acinitos

      The question is Chain will accepted what North Sudan has done to South-Sudan if it were done to Chain?. Chain should understand their interest in that oil,and the interest of country own the oil.I think In big picture Khartoum is the one owe Chain no Juba,so Chain have to have address it concern to Khartoum no to Juba directly.

    • 22 January 2012 14:30, by Marolditapei

      Wewe Kichina, si wanajivuta wako katika tatizo mafuta ya Sudan Kusini. Hii si mara kwa wewe kuweka uporaji tena. Ujenzi makampuni yako si anahitaji chochote zaidi kwa kukosa uwezo muhimu ya jengo. Walikuwa wapi wakati wa kipindi cha vita ya ukombozi? Tu kwenda nyuma ya China na wala kuwa matembezi katika Juba bila vitambulisho. Kuna makampuni mengine nzuri katika Ulaya na Amerika ya Kaskazini. Tu

    • 22 January 2012 14:40, by Marolditapei

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    • 22 January 2012 14:42, by Marolditapei

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    • 22 January 2012 14:43, by Marolditapei

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    • 24 January 2012 01:46, by Deng Ateny Lueth

      Khartoum still fooling itself after we have long gone.they are still hopping some wise men of the South will reappear and change the course of things. i just don’t comprehend what course they want us to change again,after all we had put an end to minority rule of sudan by breaking away with part that contain honey and milk. let angels come to change course,but we did what we humanly capable of doi

  • 22 January 2012 10:19, by mosa mel

    It is too late China. You stick to allies with wrong govt for many years. We understand that you have been fool by Khartoum govt but now you finally understand that Khartoum has no authority in South Sudan resources. So, its up to you to remain supporting Khartoum or follow us for your country benefit.

    • 22 January 2012 11:05, by Morthon Akol

      comrade Muas, that is right. China have to chooce Khartoum or South Sudan? and also good for them to understand who is the owner of the oil? otherwise Republic of South Sudan can chooce another company to do the new pipline

      • 22 January 2012 13:26, by Wen De David Kuol

        China need to be very careful in this matter if they were involved in intentionally looting South Sudan minerals and Oil. Juba had to looks for the partial and trusted partner to export our Oil. China was feedup by Bashir perdicting the South Sudanese wishes and Predicitng Oil Problem. Now it come, Isreal need and Russia plus UK need to be involved in this Agreement. No Oil transport before deals

  • 23 January 2012 08:34, by Martin Kat

    why are the oil companies including China agreed with Sudan government to pumped South Sudan oil into North Sudan oil refinies and they know that the oil is belong to South Sudan nation? For me as I am individual those companies should not be allowing to operate again in the South Sudan oil field because are a supporters of Sudan government.

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