Orbits: South Sudan Oil Transport Fees .. Continuous Controversy!

Posted: September 17, 2011 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

In the news, South Sudan will pay in arrears for use of North Sudan’s oil facilities until the African Union (AU) manages to broker a deal over the issue between the two countries.
South Sudan Government said that until the AU decides on the amount the South should pay, Juba will pay Khartoum in arrears, indicating the South’s willingness to accept any amount the AU decides.
The ROSS decision comes after the failure of the talks between Juba and Khartoum on the issue collapsed last month when Khartoum demanded US$32 for each transported barrel.
However, both the NCP and the SPLM should rethink on the future relations between the two neighbouring states to build stable relations afar from any tensions.
As for the north there is no justification for the fears from the absence of guarantees to transport the oil through its pipelines because all the crude oil goes only to the pipelines of the north and there is no any other container except the north pipelines.
This is a strong guarantee for the north so no need to wait until the AU decides.
We believe that the negotiations over the oil transport fees were too late as such issue should have been negotiated at the time of the CPA signature considering that the referendum might lead to south Sudan secession.
The government in the south revealed that its concerned institutions are considering construction of mobile refineries in order to tackle fuel and diesel shortages.
But that is not the case considering that the relations between the north and the south should not be limited to oil only.
Both parties should consider that the oil is one of several issues of interest between the north and the south as there are resources in the south and in the north which each party needs from the other.
To sum it up, we urge the experts in both states to review the experiences of similar cases in oil transport to reach a reasonable compromise instead of putting barricades which affect negatively the economy of both parties.

By Muawad Mustafa Rashid, 4 hours 12 minutes ago


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