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Sudan’s Bashir says Juba committing ‘suicide’ by shutting down oil production


February 12, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir blasted the South Sudan government saying that their decision to suspend oil production amounts to “suicide”.

Sudan’s President Omer Hassan al-Bashir greets the crowd after launching the Darfur Regional Authority in El Fasher on 8 February 2012 (Photo: Reuters)

“They [South Sudan] closed the [oil] pipeline [thus] committing suicide when oil is their only source of living,” Bashir told supporters in Sudan’s eastern state of Gadarif.

Juba took this decision last year in retaliation to Khartoum’s confiscation of 1.7 million barrels of its crude that is exported through Sudan’s pipelines, which carry oil all the way to the coastal city of Port Sudan.

Negotiations between the two sides on how to price the oil transit service reached the deadlock despite months of negotiations mediated by the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP).

Sudan asked for at least $32 per barrel of oil exported by the South but the latter swiftly rejected it saying it is outside the international norms.

The Sudanese government has been hoping that the fees would compensate for the loss of the oil reserves that resulted from the secession of the South in July 2011.

Khartoum said that seizing part of the South’s oil was necessary in order to make up for what it calls unpaid fees.

Analysts warned that the stand off will have dire consequences on the economies of the two nations.

Bashir reiterated accusations that the government of South Sudan is working on unseating him by deciding to shut down its oil production.

“They said that when they close South’s oil people here will die and the government will collapse in two months” the Sudanese President said angrily.

He suggested that South Sudanese are ungrateful, saying that it was the Khartoum government that carried out the oil exploration projects after years of civil war fighting and perishing martyrs.

“We extracted it, and now they are coming to us as if they are doing us a favour. They [South Sudan] said they want to give us a grant. We have the upper hand and we will stay this way and we will never be the lower hand Gold willing” Bashir said.

“We have a right owed to us [by South Sudan]. Either they pay it or we take it [by force] or they close this pipeline and wherever they want to take it, [let them] take it.” he added.

Bashir went on to say that losing South’s oil was a blessing as it allowed Khartoum to pay more attention other resources it had.

“Look at this gold. It was not created by Khartoum or brought about by Ingaz and since Sudan existed gold was always there. Why did gold only come out now?” he said.

Sudan hopes rising gold exports will replace oil revenues but experts are sceptical since much of the gold comes from small-scale miners whose output is hard to verify.

Bashir remarks contrast with those coming out of Addis Ababa today where Sudan’s negotiating team reported that Juba expressed willingness to resume exporting oil through the north once an agreement is reached.

The African Union (AU) backed talks in the Ethiopian capital are expected to run until Wednesday. The AU panel hopes technical details, such as a pipeline fee and outstanding arrears.


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  • 13 February 2012 09:08, by Lorolokin

    Mr President your days are numbered , oil is ours whether you like it or not we have already taken it. we will prefer other options including drinking than shell it through the north , we are sick of you .


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    • 13 February 2012 09:26, by akid malual

      Year s and year, Khartoum benefit on the south resource and leave on no care in resource Citizen of poor great rich of the south Sudan . now is a time Bashir turn reveal suffer back to your neck perpetrate to Khartoum Rubbery brother. According to salaam Shari law prohibitory sealing. Who will cut off salaam Khartoum unlawful apply adopt.?..................?

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      • 13 February 2012 12:22, by Force 1

        “Juba committing suicide by shutting down the oil,” that’s very funny! Really, then why don’t you wait and see that suicide.

        Mr. Bashir, South Sudanese are the people who fought for over 20 years without oil, they know exactly what they were doing when they shutdown the pipeline!

        The shutdown is not even six months yet and you’re here throwing yourself up and down crying!

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      • 13 February 2012 21:49, by Tiger

        That’s so lame of you Mr.President to address the residents of Qadarif about the Southern Oil that had been shutdown two week ago.you’re too greedy to charge the South with price of $32 which,s above all the prices if compared to any oil export Countries around the world.
        shame shame on you!

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    • 13 February 2012 09:51, by Acinitos

      He lie why he worry about,if it is Suicide How many did he killed and not concern about it.He think Southerner are people do not know what are they doing .No agreement till he pay. the last cent he have stolen, from the southerner.

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      • 13 February 2012 15:41, by Acinitos

        A criminal person thinking he is giving advice,Who need your criminal advice you are going to pay that oil back.Suicide is for you not southerner,pay before you cool your criminal leg in ICC court.An other more count added on you

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    • 13 February 2012 11:03, by Logic

      Typical mentality of supremacists, he wants S. Sudan to be grateful for extracting their oil by force (he talks of martyrs, but what about the displaced and dead southerners) and then cheating them for the entire interim period with false figures of production. These racist bigots never seem to amaze. lol.lol.lol....

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      • 13 February 2012 11:28, by Robot

        You got it right and i always like mature thinking and analysis like this, Bashir owes his fellow muslims a debt that he had betrayed them by stealing of which his hands could be chopped off, he is truly someone you cannot waste your time answering his immature thinking, he is as good as dead man, we are not the only ones tired of him but the northerners as well, his time is tickling.. 1,2.

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    • 13 February 2012 11:11, by john agoet

      Mr.Dancer Omer Al basher
      You made us with no choice since you stealing our oil, let it be a suicide as you name it ,we are not going to overturn or situate our position it is once and for all, let see who will lose at the end of this game! I would grantees these will be your last dance contest, because you are competing with the best dancers in the industry

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      • 13 February 2012 15:47, by Acinitos

        Of course you know He is big loser,He has being losing all the way,of his life

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    • 13 February 2012 13:49, by Lokorong

      Bashiit please, leave Greater Equatoria, Upper NILe and Bahr Al Ghazal alone. Our president have told you in advance to let RoSS people go and die without oil business. there is no succide to be committed in South Sudan because you have killed innocents children, women and men already. You must be the one to commite succide due to ICC demand. Bye bye Bashiir...

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    • 13 February 2012 15:28, by Paul Ongee

      Omer Bashir’s statements:

      1. "Bashir reiterated accusations that the government of South Sudan is working on unseating him by deciding to shut down its oil production."

      2. "Bashir went on to say that losing south’s oil was a blessing as it allowed Khartoum to pay more attention to other resources it had."

      What’s on the mind of this President who lives on denial?

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      • 13 February 2012 15:49, by Paul Ongee

        Why is all this contradiction? Is South Sudan’s oil a lifeline of Khartoum? Is closing down oil production means both an attempt to end the influence of National Criminal Party and a wake-up call to look for alternative source of Khartoum’s survival? What is the comment of experts on alleged gold production? Stop living on denial folks.

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    • 13 February 2012 18:12, by Dinkawarrior

      President Bashit thief violated the Islamic laws by stealing South Sudan’s oil; who is the guardian of the Islamic laws? The Islamic lawlessness has no control at all or otherwise Mr. Bashir his hands must be cut off!!
      Hope for no deal of oil or the Khartoum must consider Abyei, Blue Nile, and South Kordofan as the parts of South Sudan!

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  • 13 February 2012 09:09, by Ambowl Papakayo

    Homar Bashir, don’t you have anything to speak about other than spending most of time just watching what South is doing? If yes, let me suggest that you think on how to answer those at the Hague.
    South’s already an independent country, and therefore, bound to make its own decisions. Let them even stop cooking for themselves because out of bankruptcy you can’t even help them.

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  • 13 February 2012 09:11, by Land-of-Cush

    This man is really not a politician he just running only Arab’s interest. He doesn’t know that south government can just borrow money with in time from riches countries and directed it pipeline to any African countries located on oceans. I wish south Sudan will not accept any agreement with this territories community.

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    • 13 February 2012 10:04, by John

      Land of Cush

      I am not as optimistic as you are. Borrow money from which country?

      US? Economic recession! Europe? Debts crisis!

      The two largest economic giant have their own problem, and who else is able to loan out billions?

      And what about education, medical and even food without funds?

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      • 13 February 2012 11:54, by Dengda

        Mr John
        It seem you are vague and ambiguity , what exactly is your position, on this issue? Loan doesn’t come only from richest countries, but also from IMF, the idea of loan came as option after closing down oil production, it was crystal choice between allow Khartoum regime continue stealing oil or shut down production and look for alternative way. So make your position clear

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        • 13 February 2012 13:06, by John

          Dear Dengda

          As u wish, I make myself loud & clear.

          Being passion or emotional has never been a solution to whatever problem, if it works, I can be dancing naked all day long with your witness!

          If there is handy solution, Pagan has to be a nuts to return to the table for re-negotiation. And by cursing or laughing at Bashir wouldn’t make any help neither.

          And public fund are all gone, what now?

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      • 13 February 2012 23:20, by Hardball

        When things get tough, people begun to reject their Islamic names and start calling themselves John and think people in the south will believe them because they called themselves the Johns.

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        • 14 February 2012 06:26, by John

          When things get tough, people who doesn’t believe in God, begun to reject their Christian names and start calling themselves some ridiculous name like Hardball, and think people in the south will believe them because they called themselves hardball or hardcore.

          If you family really give u a name hardball, pls accept my condolence.

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  • 13 February 2012 09:14, by mosa mel

    Bashier is dancing for empt hope. Oil will not run to Sudan again period.

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  • 13 February 2012 09:24, by Gabriel KK

    Yes oil is ours and we will take it to wherever we like and what worried you when you have gold and other resources in your country? your days are numbered ya criminal. you must accept 75 cents or risk your economy and government.

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  • 13 February 2012 10:15, by Martin Kat

    We cannot leave any single barrel from South Sudan oil to be looted by Sudan. We ready to die by committed more suicide instead of a foriegn country benefit with our oil.

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  • 13 February 2012 10:25, by rock

    the most wanted president, if you get nothing in your mind to convince your citizens please don`t bring in south Sudan`s oil as subject. oil is belong south Sudan and pipeline belong North Sudan. so we(south Sudanese)have right do business with trustful partner and not thief.

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  • 13 February 2012 11:13, by Emporio

    Mr criminal u r dancing like striper who lost her pay roll this is not a soucide decision is a dignity decision u know southsudan is a basket bread of the world , oil is not a Water Nile we will survive wether u like it or not don’t deceive the poor notherns

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  • 13 February 2012 11:28, by Monyekuron

    Omar Al Bashir,
    Please stop pretending that all is well with you. You had hoped that South Sudan would foot your exhobitant budget through imposing unreasonable transit fees for S. Sudan oil. Now South Sudan’s decision to shut down oil operations has caught you wrong-footed. Whatever your other options, time will tell.

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  • 13 February 2012 12:12, by Northern Sudanese

    southern sudanese please stop crying. you got what you want can you leave us alone now?. you shut down the oil, we gave you back the taken oil and your oil is under the ground of SS. what do you want now?????????? you are free to do what you want stop crying please.

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    • 13 February 2012 13:10, by Logic

      Northern Sudanese, the article states that "Sudan’s dancing Bashir says Juba committing ‘suicide’ by shutting down oil production" it sounds to me like your beloved leader is the one crying.

      This single issue of oil has led to serious tensions, above and beyond any other issue, why? because your beloved NCP needs money to survive. So stop crying Mr "northern Sudanese".

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      • 13 February 2012 18:43, by Northern Sudanese

        MR LOGIC understand the article, read what bashir said and then speak. stop crying now!!!!!

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  • 13 February 2012 12:40, by Agor

    Mr. Himmar Hassen, you are caught up in fire. Why are you so worried if South Sudan is committing suicide as said. You are pretending because you are going to suffer alot since the windows that you use to steal our wealth are blocked. South Sudanese will try by all ways to be patient and to see that the RSS have constructed alternative pipeline.

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  • 13 February 2012 13:45, by Emmanuel Ajang Solomon

    Our former president, I think u have forgotten that we are not any longer with you and can only help you as we where there once, but we thought what you have stolen is enough .

    Why is it us committing suicide and u are taking of taking by force who is having more pressure between us?? u need to give each and everyone his right.

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  • 13 February 2012 15:04, by Konan

    Morons and bigots do a favor to yourselves and read the news to update your information, the thugs of SPLM are in the process of signing a new deal with NCP to export oil through our pipelines, facilities and port, your oil will go through nowhere except North Sudan, whether u like it or not, it makes no difference, don’t be stupid all statements pertaining to alternative routes were mere lies and

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    • 13 February 2012 15:20, by Konan

      for local consumption, just mark my words suckers. Your corrupted politicians can’t survive without stealing and their pursuit to include their names in List of World Most Corrupted People will not succeed without oil money.

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    • 13 February 2012 15:36, by rock

      wait for outcome and also is not a must to export south Sudan`s oil through north. so you keep on ignore it until you will be surprise like what happen in referendum for separation result, of which NCP and some parties could not aspect such result.

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      • 14 February 2012 00:34, by Hardball

        Konan, do you remember when you northerners use to ridicule us years ago that we’re not and will never going to be an independent country, now what do you think happened? An independent South Sudan, how do you like it now?

        Again you’re using the same denial that we’ll never use different route to Indian Ocean, well, let’s wait and see!

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  • 13 February 2012 15:40, by pabaak

    New signing deal between NCP thieves is "Kalam Al-Thyeir Pi Al-Bagyeir" no South Sudanese is going to accept any deal with these thugs and thieves to steal our properties again, unless they accept and kneel down before us and international community to our preconditions

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  • 13 February 2012 18:12, by Dinkawarrior

    President Bashit thief violated the Islamic laws by stealing South Sudan’s oil; who is the guardian of the Islamic laws? The Islamic lawlessness has no control at all or otherwise Mr. Bashir’s hands must be cut off!!
    Hope for no deal of oil or the Khartoum must consider Abyei, Blue Nile, and South Kordofan as the parts of South Sudan!

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  • 13 February 2012 19:43, by JAMES KUOI STEPHEN

    Bashir stress on Oil!!!, South Sudan have no response to resolve his greedy aggressive.Old years for using Southern Sudan oil it’s over.ITt’s time for us to block whoever against our independent from being our investores.Yes,it has been shortdown for success decision to other dirrection.

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  • 13 February 2012 20:50, by panom lualbil

    shutting down of oil production means preventing it from being stollen by greedy thieve of daylight but not to committing suicide. We southerners have been living without oil since its discovery in 1979 till 2005 cpa but still we both in the same boat, how about that? We know how to make lives better on this land than you bastard foreigners.

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  • 13 February 2012 22:30, by Tambura

    Guys if was you I will wait until the deal to be sign before you come here and said south Sudan committed suicide. If those corrupted officials sign any deal with you before Abyei and border, I swear we will upraise to change everything. We will never pay 36 for barrel over our dead body.... Let us how we committed suicide.

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  • 14 February 2012 03:05, by Daniel Buolmawei

    “They said that when they close South’s oil people here will die and the government will collapse in two months” the Sudanese President said angrily."

    Well, Bashir, two months are not enough. You want to wait for more months, and you will surely see your government will collapse, no doubt about it.

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    • 14 February 2012 08:11, by Gangura

      South Sudan should mind their business becoz, North sudan is just getting 32% their Remaining of 68% they get from their own resources but for Us in south sudan who are getting 68% for us even to managed that 68% & to cover that 32% for us aproblem. still we want to take abunormal dicession Do we think North sudan Goverment can collapse just becoz, of that 32% their geting from Us?

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  • 14 February 2012 09:33, by Pimp

    Omer Hassan al-Bashir! Sudan will be a better place when you shut up your month. South Sudan is no longer part of your government. thank

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