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Sudan asks China for help in resolving oil dispute with S. Sudan


February 28, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese government asked China to intervene and attempt to break the deadlock with South Sudan over the issue of oil.

Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Karti, left, speaks as Ambassador to China Mirghani Mohamed Salih, right, look on during a news conference at the Sudan Embassy in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 (AP)

Sudan’s foreign minister Ali Karti who concluded his two day visit to Beijing said he delivered a message from the President Omer Hassan al-Bashir to Chinese President Hu Jintao.

Khartoum’s top diplomat said the letter was to reaffirm his country’s support for China’s investments in Sudan.

During his visit, Karti met with Vice President Xi Jinping and foreign minister Yang Jiechi as well as executives from state run Chinese National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC).

South Sudan decided to halt its oil production completely in retaliation to Khartoum’s confiscation of the crude pumped into pipelines that run through the north’s territory to Port Sudan.

Sudan said it did this because Juba did not pay month’s worth of oil transit fees.

The newborn state which became independent last July also accused some oil companies including Chinese ones of collaborating with the Sudanese government to "steal" its oil.

This month, South Sudan expelled the Chinese head of the largest foreign oil company, Petrodar Operating Company, which is part owned by China National Petroleum, accusing him of abetting Sudan’s diversion of oil and breaching terms of Memorandum of Understanding signed with Juba.

China sought to downplay the incident and called for “communication and consultations and put an end to misunderstandings to benefit long-term cooperation”.

Upon gaining independence from the north, South Sudan took with it 75% of the oil reserves that existed under the united country. China depends on South Sudan for nearly five percent of its oil imports. The split also divided their China invested oil industry, leaving the fields mostly in South Sudan but the two pipelines out of them running through Sudan.

At the centre of the Khartoum - Juba dispute is the issue of oil transit fees. All fees suggested by Sudan which fell between the ranges of $32-$36 per barrel were swiftly rejected by South Sudan. The latter says the fair charge is around $1 per barrel.

Sudan’s foreign minister accused unspecified foreign powers of inciting South Sudan to cut oil supplies to Sudan.

"Some people ask, what does it benefit South Sudan to stop oil production to Sudan? In our judgement, we believe that they’re doing this not in the interests of South Sudan but in the interests of foreign political powers," Karti told a news conference at the Sudanese embassy, speaking through a Chinese interpreter.

"Many foreign powers do not want Sudan and China to profit from Sudan’s resources" he added.

“We are inviting also the companies, CNPBC and Petronas to give ideas also to help the mediation," explained Karti, "and we are also inviting China and Malaysia and for sure, the Indians will be accepted also to give any ideas that will help the mediation to get a solution”.

Chinese officials who met with Karti avoided any appearance of siding with one side over the other.

Vice President Jinping said that China is concerned and hopes that north and South Sudan will resolve their dispute peacefully.


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  • 29 February 2012 10:41, by Michael Angelo

    SPLM shouldn’t waste time negotiating with those criminals. The more we still negotiating with them, the more they will get access into our resources. Decision is decision, we choose to shut down the oil production & look for other alternative. why keep negotiating while our oil wouldnt be safe?

    • 29 February 2012 10:50, by Deng Thiak Adut

      I concur with you.

      • 29 February 2012 14:35, by Hardball

        Where are the scare tactics and empty rhetoric we’ve been hearing from Sudan that South Sudan will suffer for the oil shut down?

        What is China going to do? Hold a gun on South Sudan head to release the oil?

        Sudan needs to hand over 6 million barrels of stolen oil to South Sudan before they asked for any help either from South Sudan or from outside powers.

    • 29 February 2012 11:15, by Lorolokin

      allowed and clear.


      • 29 February 2012 12:14, by okucu pa lotinokwan

        The Sudan foreign minister Ali Karti,should not beg Gun from China in the name of south Sudanese,China was their friend by then,if they want to renewed their friendship is upto them,but not settle the oil pipeline problem, with south Sudan


    • 29 February 2012 12:02, by Darkangel
    • 29 February 2012 12:18, by Darkangel

      South Sudan: A Difficult Birth - Part One


    • 29 February 2012 17:38, by morogot batal

      mr. karti

      no need for calling mediators....just bring back our stolen oil
      - convince us of why do you give us wrong number from 2005-2011
      - demark our border
      - bring abyei back to south as it was
      - compenciate the people you killed and displace them at the time of setting pipeline to port sudan
      - a lot to say

    • 29 February 2012 19:05, by Baring

      China has nothing to do with your pairioting action, you deicde to take fuel that is not belong to you. that is considered to be a thive, so China feel very sheam to deal with you Bashir, you can not return this relation with China again. China is looking for a way now to get out of Khartoum and they are very regrad to deal with people who dont know what Chinas interest.

  • 29 February 2012 10:43, by Robot

    Today bulletins are interesting and really made my day. Mr. Karti went to beg for more arms (they lost oil) since they can’t pay and SPLA is capturing most of them. even if you go crumbling on your knees history will not let you go. believe me ’SOUTH SUDAN IS THE LAND OF TALL, BLACK SMOOTH-SKINNED PEOPLE FEARED FAR AND WIDE’.. She is a strong Nation now. to be continued....

  • 29 February 2012 10:45, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

    Ali Karti need to know that if China is your husban? than they chinase are nobody husban here in the world, let china help you but not us,
    One things i like is that china understand who you are and that is why their officail refused to stand shoulder to shoulder with you,
    death to you,

  • 29 February 2012 10:49, by Deng Thiak Adut

    My question is this: what is China going to do? China should be worrying now because she is accessory to the steal of oil revenue and she may need to come to full confession and South is not buying those words.
    My advise to the ROSS negotiation team is this: stop wasting time and money for this meaningless negotiations sprees. You are wasting more money , so please use that money for new pipeline

  • 29 February 2012 11:07, by Emporio

    foregin minster of hell- Ali Karti

    even if you offer your doughter to president Hu Jintao is not going to solve any prolem with south you better accept the previous offer to pay off a chinese pipline,you dont own 100-pre-cent yet

    • 29 February 2012 11:39, by Land-of-Cush

      Cadging China is an option for Karti and his NCP.
      But Calling Chinese government to help in resolve dispute between south and north is a cave story.

  • 29 February 2012 11:11, by Letigolight

    Just see the gap between the assumption that Karti makes about South Sudan alliance with western powers and Sudan’s action of broad daylight theft that was witnessed by the whole world!! Oil shutdown is in the interest of the poeple of South Sudan, let RSS stop wasting time and resources negotiating with criminals!!! I don’t want to see Pagan Amum flying again to Adis to negotiate!!!

  • 29 February 2012 11:15, by Gabriel KK

    Yes the closure of South Sudan oil is hitting Sudan harder than South Sudan but unfortunately China will do nothing because oil belong to South Sudan. the solution is simple, pay back the stolen oil and accept 69 cents per a barrel or else you are wasting your time on negotiation table.

  • 29 February 2012 11:56, by Longa

    Sudan is really desperate. The empty bag president Omer al- Beshir was saying South Sudan will be the worst hit by oil shut down but see how desperate he is now. Karti wants China to take side in Sudan’s favor but chinese are tactical. Let see what lies ahead.

  • 29 February 2012 14:57, by Sudan virus

    Meeting of thieves in Beijing.

  • 29 February 2012 15:43, by wisemen.

    Dear All,

    These the really time the world will start recognizing us and know that we are really wise and capable to handle every thing from now onward.

    We don’t make deal with thieves cause we are still young born country that is why ISRAEL IS NUMBER ONE FRIEND IN THE WORLD FOR US.

    Don’t worry Mr president you have people whom you can depend on them

    Oh God Bless
    South Sudan

  • 29 February 2012 16:26, by Dinkawarrior

    The most liars of the world are Ngundeng, Mohamed, and their associate Gatluak Maguel! Death to them!!! Whoever believed on this article is already punishable by God and will be join together with the above mentioned liars in Hell!! According to Jesus Christ "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves" (Matthew 7:15)

    • 29 February 2012 19:10, by James Maker Akok

      Hello Dinka warrior, what you talking is not working for South Sudan. We need to be united as one South Sudan people. What you talking is a wrong with you, and stupid thounght.

  • 29 February 2012 20:25, by Dinkawarrior

    Nguendeng is not a Prophet but the Profit! Because we have seen it in many places as Nyamnyam Nuer used it as mean of collecting money in foreign countries. Would you please stop begging in name of your Profit? You bring shame to Southerners in practically,you have been known already as food lovers. You must keep you’re gluttonous in you rather than selling our names through shameful carnival man.

  • 1 March 2012 06:15, by BM Bol

    Never even in the history of animal kingdom did hyena ever ask a lion to resolve a dispute between him and lamb. The one of the reasons South Sudan shut down it oil production in the first place is because of Chinese involvement in helping Khartoum to steal South Sudan’s oil.

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