No agreement on the oil crisis as IGAD summit concludes

Posted: January 28, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Economy
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ADDIS ABABA, 28 January 2012 – The President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit arrived in Addis Ababa the capital of Ethiopia on Friday January 27th, 2012 to participate in two important meetings one of which was the 20th Extra-ordinary summit of the IGAD Heads of State and Government, and the other being the African Union Summit.
Before the IGAD summit H.E Kiir held closed door talks with President of Sudan El-Bashir at Sheraton Hotel in the presence of Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and the Ethiopian Prime minister Meles Zenawi. The meeting mainly focused on the current oil crisis between Juba and Khartoum but the parties came out with no any tangible agreement.

H.E Kiir in the 20th IGAD Summit.
[Photo:Thomas Kenneth]
After the meeting the four presidents in the evening of 27th January, 2012 joined the closed talks of the 20th Extra-ordinary summit of the IGAD to discuss three main agendas as disclosed by the IGAD Meles Zenawi. The first agenda was acceleration of the integration of IGAD infrastructure; the second was Somalia issues; while the third agenda was on the oil crisis between Juba and Khartoum.
Shortly after the summit, Hon Zenawi announced in a press conference that IGAD Extra-ordinary summit has made some progress in the first two agendas without giving details but concerning the oil crisis between Juba and Khartoum the summit came out without reaching a final agreement. He explained that the summit advised the two parties to continue with negotiations under the AU/HIP umbrella.

Reported by Thomas Kenneth from Addis Ababa

Talks on oil crisis between Juba and Khartoum reaches deadlock

ADDIS ABABA, 28 January 2012 – The Secretary General of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), who is also the chairperson of the South Sudan negotiating team on the oil crisis in Addis Ababa Mr. Pagan Amum Okec announced in a press conference yesterday evening at the Sheraton Hotel, Addis Ababa that the IGAD facilitating talks to help the AU/HIP on the oil crisis arising from the fact that the Government of Sudan took unilateral action of stealing the oil belonging to the Republic of South Sudan have reached a deadlock.
Mr. Amum explained that the talks have failed because the Sudan Government insists to continue stealing the oil of South Sudan and has refused the proposals made by the Government of South Sudan as a way forward to return the talks and the situations to normal. He said that the proposals:

  1. The Government of Sudan is requested to immediately release the detained ships loaded with sold oil of RSS, and are now in Port Sudan;
  2. The Sudan Government must compensate the value of the stolen oil of RSS, which was sold by the Sudan Government (was sold to the United Arab Emirates and Singapore);
  3. Sudan Government must pay all the damages caused by their actions, particularly the ships detained in Port Sudan; and
  4. The Government of Sudan must commit itself not to divert and steal again any oil of RSS going through the territories of Sudan on transit.

SG. Amum talking to the press at Sheraton Hotel, Addis Ababa.
[Photo:Thomas Kenneth]

Mr. Amum reassured the press that the oil production will not resume unless the above proposals are put into action by the Sudan government. He asserted that the shutdown operation will soon be completed.
Meanwhile the RSS is negotiating with Kenya and Ethiopia to build alternative pipelines, which he described as a tough decision but, he said it is in the interest of the people of South Sudan and is to prevent RSS resources from being stolen and robbed by the Khartoum Government on their way to the international markets. Mr. Amum concluded that with all these situations the RSS is committed to continue with talks with Government of Sudan to resolve the outstanding issues.

Reported by Thomas Kenneth from Addis Ababa-Ethiopia

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