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South Sudan puts its army on maximum alert in oil row escalation


By Ngor Arol Garang

January 25, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan on Wednesday said it has put its troops on maximum alert, amid growing tensions with Khartoum over the ongoing oil wealth sharing dispute and reports of air bombing by Sudan inside its borders.

Soldiers guard a South Sudanese oil refinery, 2009 (AFP)

Yesterday the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) condemned aerial bombardment of areas hosting Sudanese refugees in South Sudan.

The bombing which took place on Monday in the Upper Nile state reportedly left one child injured and 14 other people missing. Upper Nile borders Blue Nile state in Sudan, where the Khartoum government is engaged in conflict with rebels.

On Wednesday the spokesperson for the French foreign ministry Bernard Valero condemned the air raid saying it not only endangered civilians living "in dramatic situation" but also United Nations (UN) and International Organisation for Migration (IOM) staff working there.

"This aggression is a violation of international humanitarian law and involves the lives of civilians and humanitarian workers. This is unacceptable," the French official said.

Valero also said that France is “very concerned” about recent decisions “taken unilaterally” by both Khartoum and Juba which “go against the spirit of friendship and cooperation which they had been able to demonstrate from January to July 2011”.

Valero urged both parties to “demonstrate responsibility” and to reach an agreement at the Intergovernmental Authority on Development special summit, based on the African Union High-level Implementation Panel proposals.

Speaking at a press briefing in Juba International airport upon arrival from Addis Ababa on Wednesday, Majak D’Agoot, South Sudan’s deputy minister of defence said the Government of South Sudan (GoSS) was aware that Khartoum is mobilising support for militia groups operating along the borders with South Sudan.

Agoot said South Sudan’s troops are on maximum alert, to counter any Khartoum-backed aggression.

The South Sudan official said the talks he attended in Ethiopia with Khartoum were fruitless because of the reluctance of the Sudanese delegation to engage "in honest and meaningful discussions".

Khartoum has been confiscating South Sudanese oil as what it considers payment for arrears in unpaid transit fees. Juba considers the charge of around US$32 per barrel in fees suggested by Khartoum as exorbitant, but it is landlocked and currently has no other pipeline, other than the one under Khartoum’s control, which terminates at Port Sudan.

Juba claims Khartoum has “looted” US$815 billion worth of its oil. Khartoum is demanding around US$1 billion in unpaid fees since July 2011.

As a result of dispute South Sudan has stopped output at more than 300 wells and has reduced production at 600 more.

According to the South’s chief negotiator in talks being held in Addis Ababa, Pagan Amum, output is expected to be reduced from 275,000 to 135,000 barrels per day. He also said US$2.6 billions would be disbursed to Sudan within four years after separation and that US$2.8 billion in South Sudanese arrears be forgiven.

As South Sudan relies on oil revenues for 90 per cent of its economy, the prohibitive costliness and time consuming nature of constructing an alternative pipeline through neighbouring Kenya to the coast at Lamu, the stalemate is unlikely to be tenable for long.

Aleu Ayeny Aleu, a member of the National Assembly from Warrap commended the decision to reduce oil production.

“Nothing much has changed. The standoff on oil have not been resolved”, Agoot told journalists on Wednesday in Juba, but expressed South Sudan’s willingness to negotiate “a fair deal” with Khartoum.

While still at the Addis Ababa summit Agoot told Sudan Tribune that his “profound” knowledge of the Sudanese government made the Sudanese defence minister, Abdel-Rahim Mohammed Hussein reluctant to hold discussions with his delegation.

Agoot served as deputy National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) in Khartoum during the interim period, before he was appointed as South Sudan’s deputy defence minister after secession on 9 July 2011.

Agoot was accompanied by the general chief of staff of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, James Hoth Mai.


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  • 26 January 2012 08:26, by Aarai Baka

    way to go SPLA. Protect the civilians from aggression of the nif/pdf. no retreat no surrender.

    • 26 January 2012 08:31, by omoni jr.

      Do not put our army in Risk ,they don’t have modern military equipment to encounter the NIF terrorist

      • 26 January 2012 09:18, by akid malual

        Omoni Jr is dammn Arab Suporter.
        But Khartuam almost falldown next few day.

      • 26 January 2012 10:20, by John Bang

        Your commend is very poor, why not our army at risk for our own rigts. We all join them to fight not to eat.

      • 26 January 2012 11:33, by john agoet

        Attention to all brothers in the site.
        it is an obligation to Leaved our differences of opinion a side lets support our army, things are heading to war

        • 27 January 2012 05:51, by Wen De David Kuol


          You are right, Defending South Sudan is the TOP, remembers Southerners fight with one Souls, one Heart despite all small pocket of rebellion.SPLA is there because our Future lies at their hands.SPLA on Maximium alert at the Borders including Abyei areas. Khartuom assumpt the responsibilities of taking South Sudan is zero work.all MUST be ALERT.

      • 26 January 2012 16:40, by Maker Deng

        Who gives you that very wrong information SPLA doesn’t have modern weapons? that is a very lame excuse. keep your "waste" within you. Our army is well maintained for the protection of South Sudanese in the Country. Please reader! analyze before you write.

      • 26 January 2012 18:43, by MoMur

        Let the men full with cowardice act remain behind together with women and let the real men stay front-line . we don’t hate war, specially with Arabs . war is kind . we have considered the last 6 yrs without war as a enough short break. now we’re back. we must secure our oil

    • 26 January 2012 09:08, by Legacy Elites

      They are experts only when it comes to killing and looting its own unarmed civilians, but when the Jalaba attack and loot RSS people and its wealth respectively, the SPLA usually change from hero former freedom fighters to ’katiiba felelii’ always fleeing. But we the civilians will defeat those jalaba terrorists. However, we first need to put our domestic tribal differences and hatred aside

    • 26 January 2012 09:54, by Dau-arok

      spla should pretect them, and the will see all the sitution along s.sudan

    • 26 January 2012 10:56, by Michael Anyong

      Fine to protect our partially oil right now but i known president Bashir of Khartoum will buy you and return you back to kill us then.
      there are some greedy men’s like money in their pocket and they forget their life when they see (Buop)money!!!!!

    • 26 January 2012 18:11, by NUER ONE


      • 27 January 2012 05:17, by john agoet

        to Nure One

        it will includs your own

  • 26 January 2012 08:29, by akid malual

    Warning and make sure you are ready to protect your Oil, from North army attack. all decision of khartuam are al fail except power invasion if the see the weak on your Amry Spla/splm.
    warning warning warning warning warning warning warning.
    Learn from Abyei. but Jonglei tension maybe connect.

  • 26 January 2012 08:42, by Tamongali

    please i don’t understand this :According to the south’s chief negotiator in talks being held in Addis Ababa, Pagan Amum, output is expected to be reduced from 275,000 to 135,000 barrels per day. He also said US$2.6 billions would be disbursed to Sudan within four years after separation and that US$2.8 billion in South Sudanese arrears be forgiven.
    are we haulting production or reducing it.

    • 26 January 2012 09:33, by mosa mel


      That was the proposal went with Pagan Amum to last negotiation. If the Khartoum agreed with everything S Sudan govt proposed, they should reduce pumping oil to that amount because that amount is encough for S Sudan economy. That is how I understand it.

    • 26 January 2012 09:40, by mosa mel

      Some wells of S Sudan oil are already shut down. There is no more pipeline go to North Sudan. North has loss free oil. Kenya will bensfit. Congratulation to Kenya people.

    • 26 January 2012 09:43, by Land-of-Cush

      I think this is the error written by article reporter; in which he fails to explain the sentence very clearly to the web users. These are the suggestions were made by Pagan Amum during his discussions with NCP delegates to Addis Ababa other days to help them from collapsing of their economic due to 75% taken by south Sudan after break away from north.

    • 26 January 2012 09:46, by Land-of-Cush


      I think this is the error written by article reporter; in which he fails to explain the sentence very clearly to the web users. These are the suggestions were made by Pagan during his discussions with NCP delegates to Addis Ababa other days to help them from collapsing of their economic due to 75% taken by south Sudan after break away from north.

    • 26 January 2012 09:48, by Ahmado

      My brother what you are talking of don’t understanding?do you know that south sudan leaders has made big mistake.How can make business with your enemies because they will never leave you to be better than them.Pagan Amum should not let them to deceive him to agree to use their pipeline again south must wait and build theirs.

      • 26 January 2012 19:19, by NUER ONE

        whom are you going to fight?DINKAS OR ARABS?

        • 27 January 2012 05:32, by john agoet

          to nure one
          we the people of south sudan are going to fight for our selfstem regardless of what tribes we belong. We fought 21 years war and we will fight this now that is the Meath of our society ,men gose to fight and women,kids staid home and when victory comes we all celebrate

    • 26 January 2012 15:15, by Anti Dinka’s

      listen very carefully there is No Millions or Billions

      there is War

      we must win this War

      • 27 January 2012 05:44, by john agoet

        To Anti-Dinkas
        That set brother. you got it, when things comes to self stem forget differences and let united, when we finished we come back to our differences because differences is a learning platform, nothing wrong with that

  • 26 January 2012 09:22, by Adviser

    Dear South Sudanese people , I would suggest that Addisaba talk will not help at all. The solution is that Oil should continues to be clsoed whilst pipeline started with Kenya and Get laon from Worldbank, IMF and US Goverment to supplement oil Money with amount equivalent to our Oil income then repay later after we open oil market.

    Pagan proposal, we are still looser on it.

  • 26 January 2012 09:26, by Ahmado

    congogragelation Salva Kiir, it time to protect the people plus resources of s.sudan and alert all the SPLA solders for ongoing issue we as people of south sudan, if Khartoum wants us to go back to war we are ready because we cannot sit down and watch our people being killing along border by immigrant Arabs enough is enough they should take care.

  • 26 January 2012 09:30, by Tambura

    What a confusion, south Sudan PM decided yesterday no money will be pay to north, these guy is saying something else. Kiir said Shut down the oil and these guy is saying reduce. What I can tell you guys those thieves of juba will never know how to run this country. They are lack of leadership and judgement most of them are corrupted officials with empty mind. They should leave this country-

    • 26 January 2012 09:39, by Tambura

      They never change the name SPLA which have nothing to do with south Sudan. They never fought for south Sudan, today they r proud of fooling people that SPLA librate south Sudan they never librate any big town in south Sudan during their 21 years war. Leading some bunch of empty minded SPLA in bush is not the same of leading country. Go home peaceful other wise all of u ll run away just like Gadafi

      • 26 January 2012 09:45, by mosa mel

        Go back to read once more brother.

        • 26 January 2012 09:52, by John Bang

          It is good that the government has alert the all armies for that ongoing disputes with Arabs.
          This time we will all join the movement to fight our rights.No fear again South become a nation.
          BRAVO RSS!!!

          • 26 January 2012 10:08, by Ahmado

            You are right John Bang,no body that can fight for our right as we people of south sudan to join the movement to take out the useless Arabs immigrants generalin sudan.

      • 26 January 2012 10:28, by akid malual

        brother are you dreaming or non Southern.
        Million of life of the librater are watching. watch you mouth.

      • 26 January 2012 10:36, by john agoet

        Don’t drown our attention to something else,name doesn’t matter now, the country is about to go war sooner or later, those guys need your support now than ever, what you in dispute is a national army representing all southerners therefore morally we have to stand by them now and for ever. Please let show the other side we are united behind our sons and daughters in the front line

  • 26 January 2012 10:04, by Hillary B.M.L,M

    Hillary B.M.L,M

    Is back from long time of non-contributing.

    South Sudan’s Governing Branches should also consider the consequences otherwise its would run in to chaos.
    Decision taken should be fruitful rather than harmful.
    Military being in full alert is not the economic solution.

    • 26 January 2012 10:18, by Aarai Baka

      Welcome back Hillary

      been so long, were have u been all these times? again welcome back sis.

    • 26 January 2012 10:39, by Martin Kat

      Mr Hillary, what kind of economic are you talking about it, while the oil has already looted by Sudan govt?
      Do you mean that the S. Sudan govt suppose not to halt oil production due to economic crises?

  • 26 January 2012 10:32, by John

    Question, why GOSS/SPLA didn’t invest a single pipeline since 2005? I knew they got money every year, big amount!

    It will take years & big money to finish a new pipeline, and which invester is willing to invest? As there might be dispute in the future with Kenya or other country, and another shut down order will be issued regardless the rules of international business?

    No rules no game!

    • 26 January 2012 11:07, by john agoet

      brother. John
      the article is about "South Sudan puts its army on maximum alert in oil row escalation" has nothing to do with pipeline nor investers

  • 26 January 2012 10:58, by Monster

    Mr. Bashir, our Army the SPLA are trained to Israel standard, continues bombardment of our territories and killing our innocent children will not only oust you from you criminal presidency, but will mount you on your camel and send you back to Soudi Arabia

    • 26 January 2012 19:39, by Dau-arok

      brothers and sisters the goverment of S.Sudan is not the same against.

    • 27 January 2012 08:24, by Darkangel






  • 26 January 2012 17:16, by Cadaai ?o?

    Another war in making? I am just speechless, if it would be the solutions for the issues faced by the two nations in personal view.

  • 26 January 2012 21:03, by Elijah B. Elkan

    To whom it concerns:

    If you live in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, or anywhere in the western world, including Australia. You all need to do your part as war is about to start. You need to contact your Congressman(s), Senators in your state. Write the president/prime minister(s) of your adopted country. The president of the United States had promised to protect the new (ROSS) Nation.

    • 27 January 2012 05:41, by Wen De David Kuol


      Defending South Sudan Territorial is solely for Southerners against Khartuom gangs and robbers. We are all Soldiers by nature and southerners are brave people. Abyei was taken by Khartuom due to igoranwe from UNMIS, Southerners trust UNMIS to protect the Town with JIU. Now it will never happens. SPLA MUST be ready to Take ABYEI now from Jalaba. US and PARIS are our supporters.SPLA on LE

  • 26 January 2012 21:55, by panom lualbil

    President Kiir should think twice before declaring war because of: 1. we are not united due to brothers- rebels we still accussing khartoum of supporting them to disarm us. 2. few tribes are used to lost their lives in war neither help by others. 3. rest of us are simply obsorbed by arabs and subortaging our gold, think about it. 4. no infliction weapon like Sudan.

    • 26 January 2012 23:29, by Elijah B. Elkan

      Mr. Panom Lualbil,

      It’s so painful to read your naive comments which makes no senses what so ever. Khartoum had declared war against south Sudan for long time. Khartoum has killed 2.5 millions of your citizen in the south. Please read your article again, and make corrections to it because it’s rubbish. It’s so shameful there are so many half baked educated people in south Sudan.

  • 28 January 2012 18:37, by panom lualbil

    War has very bad impact particularly on civilians bro. Because not everyone was pised by Arabs but some of rebellions whom we accussed Omer plus evil heart folks would come behind and massacred civilians like 1991 by Nuers. Stolen oils could be pay in court leaving Omer alone to eat his pipelines while taking busines somehwere. Give one chance and let’s prepare for advance of infliction weapons.

    • 28 January 2012 19:32, by panom lualbil

      As we are recently added to list of weapons by USA. Then we have to be first equip.We can win war of Jalabs for sure but for no unity- folks who sabotage our achievement,I say no.The tribalism by people I read their comments here,is our first enemy b4 Arabs and think about it during civil right movement. I can contribute money with others but it couldnt help much either. Thank you Jesus Referendum

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