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Sudan, South Sudan Oil Talks in Deadlock

Posted: March 6, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Economy
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A picture taken on March 3, 2012 shows environmental damage caused by bombs which hit El Nar oil field in Unity State, South Sudan on February 29.

Photo: AFP
A picture taken on March 3, 2012 shows environmental damage caused by bombs which hit El Nar oil field in Unity State, South Sudan on February 29.

Talks between Sudan and South Sudan broke down in a shouting match late Tuesday, not long after the U.N. demanded the countries take steps to avoid war.

A participant in the talks said that the talks stopped after the sides could not agree on the wording of a draft agreement over citizenship issues.  Negotiations are scheduled to continue Wednesday.

Earlier, the U.N. Security Council demanded that Sudan and South Sudan take steps to reduce hostility amid bitter disputes involving oil, and accusations that each side supports the other’s rebel groups.

Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant of Britain, which holds the rotating Council presidency, said Tuesday the Council is gravely concerned about reports of troop movements and airstrikes along the border.

He urged the countries to respect a non-aggression pact they signed less than a month ago. “The Security Council demands that all parties cease military operations in the border areas and put an end to the cycle of violence,” said the ambassador.

The Council also demanded that Sudan and South Sudan “take no action that would undermine the security and stability of the other.”

The statement came as Sudan and South Sudan began the scheduled 10 days of talks in Addis Ababa.  The African Union is trying to mediate disputes centered on oil revenue sharing, the undemarcated border, and citizenship questions raised by South Sudan’s independence in July.

The south took over most Sudanese oil production but is refusing to pay what it considers excessive transit fees to use northern pipelines.  The landlocked south needs the pipelines to send the oil to international markets.

The dispute prompted South Sudan to shut down all oil production, a move analysts say is likely to hurt both countries financially.

The sides are also in disagreement over borders of the oil-producing Abyei region, and the status of southerners living in the north.

A previous round of talks last month yielded no progress, except for the non-aggression pact.

When Sudan was a unified country, the north and south fought a bloody 21-year civil war.

http://www.voanews.com/english/news/africa/UN-Demands-Stop-to-Sudanese-Violence-141603693.html

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BY JENNY GROSS

LONDON—South Sudan is planning to export by road at least 10% of its 350,000 barrels-a-day crude oil production while alternative infrastructure is put in place, said Stephen Dhieu Dau, minister for petroleum and mining, without giving a time frame for when this would start.

The landlocked country, which sells its crude to refiners in China and Malaysia, has shut down its entire oil output amid a dispute with neighboring Sudan over oil-export transit fees, a move that has contributed to global oil prices in recent days hitting highs last seen in July 2008.

Mr. Dau said the government was planning …

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South Sudan to use trucks to export crude -WSJ
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* South Sudan plans to export 10 pct of output by road

* Plan to export by road not yet finalised

* Country in talks to finance pipeline through Kenya

March 7 (Reuters) – South Sudan, locked in a bitter row over oil transit fees with neighbour Sudan, plans to export by road at least 10 percent of its 350,000 barrels-a-day output until pipelines are ready, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

Oil provides about 98 percent of South Sudan’s income and is vital to the impoverished country as it tries to develop infrastructure and institutions devastated by a war that killed an estimated 2 million people.

The government will use trucks to carry a minimum of 35,000 barrels a day of its output to Kenya’s coastal city of Mombasa and to the coast of Djibouti while pipelines in Kenya and Ethiopia are being built, the paper quoted the minister for petroleum and mining, Stephen Dhieu Dau, as saying.

However, the plan to export crude by land was not yet finalised, Dau said, and he gave no timeframe for its start.

South Sudan seceded last July under a 2005 peace agreement that ended decades of civil war with Khartoum. But peace remains uneasy at best, with north and south deadlocked over oil transit fees that have contributed to recent high global oil prices.

The landlocked new nation took control of about three quarters of the unified country’s oil output of roughly 500,000 barrels a day, but it needs to export its crude through northern pipelines to the Red Sea port of Port Sudan.

By June, South Sudan will reach an agreement with companies looking to finance an alternative pipeline in Kenya, Dau said.

The country is in talks with companies in China, Japan, Europe, South Korea and the United Stated about financing a pipeline running through Kenya and another through Ethiopia to Djibouti, he added, without naming the companies involved.

The Kenya pipeline would carry the Nile blend of crude, while the Ethiopia pipeline would carry the Dar blend, he added.

(Writing by Himani Sarkar; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSL4E8E70W020120307?irpc=932

South Sudan May Seek Loans to Cover Lost Oil Revenue, UN Says

By Jared Ferrie – Mar 6, 2012 8:19 AM ET

South Sudan may seek commercial loans to compensate for revenue lost since it shut down its oil industry in January because of a dispute with Sudan, the head of the United Nations mission in the country said.

Hilde Johnson, the special representative of the UN secretary-general, said she has had discussions with government officials about how to cover the gap in lost revenue from oil, which accounts for more than 95 percent of the newly independent nation’s income.

“They seem to be leaning more towards loans than donor support, but it is too early to tell,” she told reporters today in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital.

South Sudan, which gained control of about 75 percent of the formerly united Sudan’s 490,000 barrels a day of output at independence in July, completed a shutdown of production Jan. 28. It took the action after accusing Sudan of stealing its oil. Sudan said it confiscated the crude to make up for unpaid fees.

Negotiations between the countries since independence have failed to yield an agreement on how much the landlocked south should pay to transport its oil through a pipeline across Sudan. The latest round of negotiations was scheduled to begin today in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

“Unless an agreement is reached with Sudan that will allow for a resumption of oil production and exports, there is a risk that severe cuts will have to be undertaken a few months from now,” Johnson said.

While South Sudan may ask international donors to help make up the budgetary shortfall, there is no guarantee they would agree to provide funding, she said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jared Ferrie in Nairobi at jferrie1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-06/south-sudan-may-seek-loans-to-cover-lost-oil-revenue-un-says.html

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Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has said that it would be better if South Sudan’s proposed oil pipeline to transport the country’s crude to Port Lamu in Kenya passes through Uganda, Uganda’s local media reported Tuesday.

The independently owned Daily Monitor Newspaper cited Museveni telling Kenya’s Premier Raila Odinga who called on him at his State House in Entebbe that he understood Kenya’s position since the newly-independent South Sudan is in urgent need of a functional oil pipeline within one and a half years.

Uganda, which has discovered huge oil deposits in its own Lake Albert Rift Basin and is in the process of commencing commercial oil production, had hoped to jointly construct a pipeline with South Sudan, and use Uganda’s planned oil refinery to process crude from South Sudan and then export it to Western world via Port Mombasa in Kenya, according to oil analysts.

The report also said that Museveni had earlier advised South Sudan to build its own refinery rather than having its crude oil refined in Kenya as that would create jobs for South Sudan, and that he was surprised by Juba’s deal with Kenya that will have the oil resource refined in Kenya.

The South Sudan government said Sunday it had formed a joint venture with Kenya and Ethiopia to build a $1.8 billion transport corridor that will include an oil pipeline to export crude oil from landlocked South Sudan to Port Lamu in Kenya.

In January, South Sudan shut oil wells producing 350,000 b/d alleging that northern Sudan had confiscated crude equivalent to $815 million.

South Sudan broke away from united Sudan in July last year taking 75% of the total oil produced in Sudan then, but continued to depend on the northern oil pipelines for its oil exports.

–Mercy Matsiko newsdesk@platts.com

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Radio Dabanga (The Netherlands/Darfur) / Tuesday, 06 March 2012

Khartoum (Sudan) – The political opposition alliance has rejected the declaration made by President Bashir on Saturday, to mobilise for war and deploy Popular Defence Forces across the country, to fight all those against the Sudanese state.
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The three parties call for all the people of Sudan to stand against Al Bashir’s declaration and not respond to it.

Political secretary for the Popular Congress Party, Kamal Omar said to Radio Dabanga that the Sudanese people will not accept a general mobilisation for war.

He said he expected Al Bashir to step down in the face of failure of the state’s administration and issue a transitional government, rather than announce a deployement of Popular Defence Forces.

Omar called on Sudanese people to topple the ruling NCP and Al Bashir, who has ‘ruined’ the country.

The Umma Party led by Sadiq Al Mahdi has rejected the president’s mobilisation for war.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga, Umma Party leader Mariam Al Mahdi described Al Bashir’s address regarding widespread country mobilisation as ‘unfortunate’, but considered that the stance is not new.

She said the NCP insists on the path of declaring war against its own citizens, such as in Blue Nile and South Kordofan, much in the same vein that led to the secession of South Sudan.

Al Mahdi said the country is currently experiencing famine and economic crisis, which neeed to be resolved urgently, rather than turning to more war.

She asked, ‘what is the benefit of war, and for whom?’

The Umma Party leader stated that the solution to the Sudan crisis lies in responding to the national agenda.

The Sudanese Communist Party called President Bashir’s address on Saturday ‘a continuation of the polices of war, which led to the conflict in South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Darfur’.

Spokesman of the Communist party Yusef Hussein told Radio Dabanga that the Sudan crisis will not be resolved through war, but through responding to the arguments of the opposition, to have a national dialogue and broad government to deal with the country’s crises, caused ‘solely’ by the NCP.

Hussein called on the Sudanese people to continue to struggle to revoke ‘the policy of war’ of the NCP, which has destroyed the country.

http://www.afrika.no/Detailed/21241.html

Sudan: Washington Deludes Rebels They Can Topple the Regime – Nafie

5 MARCH 2012

Khartoum — Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) addressed severe criticism against the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement- North (SPLM-N) and the United States (US) administration stressing the latter deluded the former that it could achieve regime change in the country.

According to Nafie Ali Nafie, presidential assistant and NCP’s deputy chairman, Washington persuaded the rebel SPLM-N that it can make Kadugli “Sudan’s Benghazi” and transform the South Kordofan’s town to make it the capital for rebels who will overthrow the regime.

He further said that Washington pledged to provide the SPLM-N rebels with the necessary support if they capture Kadugli.

Speaking in the suburb of Lamab, located south of the capital Khartoum, on Sunday evening Nafie also alleged that US administration pushed the rebel group Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) to join a rebel alliance led by the SPLM-N.

Washington told JEM rebels “You can not do something, even if you come together with the opposition parties,” and encouraged it to work with the other armed groups, Nafie further stressed.

The pact of Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) led by Malik Agar was inked on 11 November 2011, by the SPLM-N, JEM and two factions of the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-AW and SPLM-MM). In August 2011 JEM had refused to sign the text because the founding text refers to a secular state.

The deputy NCP leader who recently gave up his tasks in the party to dedicate his time for mobilisation, told the crowd that the opposition parties are considered as weak by Washington but however it asked them to play the agitators in order to support the military action of rebel groups against the regime.

Sudanese officials recently increased their criticism against Washington which put some conditions to participate in an international conference to discuss Sudan’s debt in line with the implementation of the 2005 peace deal with the South Sudan’s rebels.

US administration speaks about the humanitarian situation in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan, while Khartoum refuses to allow the international aid to the rebel held areas. Sudanese officials also say the US has to seek ways to end the conflict not only insisting on its humanitarian consequences.

They also denounced Washington’s support of the newly independent South Sudan which, according to Khartoum, is the main backer of the Sudanese rebel groups.

Sudanese officials say privately they got reports saying that Washington and Juba are trying to convince international and regional partners that regime change is the only valid solution for Sudan’s crises.

The Sudanese official pledged to clear the South Kordofan of rebel groups very soon and rejected calls of the opposition parties for an interim period where a national government will be formed and a constituent assembly will be established to adopt a permanent constitution.

Nafie also divided the opposition forces to three categories: the hardliners who want to remove the regime at any price and designed the Popular Congress Party (PCP) of Hassan al-Turabi at the head of this group.

The second group, according to Nafie, is what he termed “national parties” like the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), the National Umma Party (NUP) of Sadiq al-Mahdi who refuse the use of violence against the regime. The third group are the political opposition forces who have refused any compromise or dialogue with the NCP since 1989.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201203060917.html


Young men herd cattle through the mud-caked streets of Pibor, as cattle raiding between some of the south's dozens of tribes plagues South Sudan. (File Photo)

Photo: AP
Young men herd cattle through the mud-caked streets of Pibor, as cattle raiding between some of the south’s dozens of tribes plagues South Sudan. (File Photo)

The South Sudanese Army is being readied to deploy on a small-arms disarmament program in Jonglei state. The government hopes to disarm groups of cattle raiders that have made 2012 a violent year for the new country.

The Southern People’s Liberation Army is being set to deploy in areas of Jonglei state this week, in an attempt to disarm and collect some 20,000 small arms from the Murle and Lou Nuer tribes.

Both groups have been involved in a violent string of retaliatory cattle rattles, which the United Nations says has affected more than 120,000 people.

The disarmament campaign was initiated by South Sudan President Salva Kirr. He plans to use the Army to collect the weapons either voluntarily or by force.

The SPLA spokesperson Phillip Aguer says the goal is peaceful, but the army is ready to use force, if necessary.

“In case there are people who are dodging and trying to hide their weapons, the army will intervene and do the fighting or, if they are running from the army and the police, we will go in,” said Aguer.

South Sudan has received criticism from both the United States and the United Nations. They feel conducting the campaign now will only increase tensions and that the government should strive for reconciliation before disarmament.

But Aguer says the time is now.

“If you wait for the population to achieve it’s goals and objectives, you will have people attacking themselves and dying,” said Aguer. “So it’s better to do the same process concurrently.”

Jonah Leff is a consultant for the Small Arms Survey – an independent organization monitoring international weapons trafficking – and has recently been on the ground in Jonglei state. He feels the campaign will certainly end in violence.

“I’ve heard from leaders of both communities, both the Lou Nuer and the Murle, that they will resist a forcible disarmament, which means that they will fight back,” said Leff. “So I would expect the SPLA to respond with technicals [technological advanced weapons]. They’ll have greater manpower, such as heavy machine guns and possibly even tanks.”

Leff also fears the possibility of disarming the tribes unevenly, which may leave some vulnerable to attack.

“Without proper security provision by the SPLA or security forces, the rival tribe would most likely come in and take advantage of the situation,” said Leff.

In the past, disarmament programs in the area have resulted in violence and have proved to be largely unsuccessful.

“In 2006 and 2008, they collected a fraction of the weapons and quickly thereafter, the communities had rearmed anyways,” said Leff. “So I’m not sure that, if they don’t provide any alternative security, they can collect as many weapons as they want and the communities will go and rearms themselves and the situation will be as it is.”

For now, the rural skirmishes continue to trouble the new country

http://www.voanews.com/english/news/South-Sudanese-Army-set-to-Deploy-on-Disarmament-Program-in-Jonglei-141556393.html

South Sudanese Army to Implement Jonglei Disarmament Program
Voice of America
March 06, 2012 South Sudanese Army to Implement Jonglei Disarmament Program Alex Pena | Nairobi The South Sudanese Army is being readied to deploy on a small-arms disarmament program in Jonglei state. The government hopes to disarm groups of cattle 

Hundreds flee fresh violence on Sudan-South Sudan border
Reuters AlertNet
GENEVA, March 6 (UNHCR) – Hundreds of people have been fleeing to South Sudan’s Upper Nile state and western Ethiopia to escape renewed fighting in disputed border areas between Sudan andSouth Sudan. Last week, UNHCR staff registered 2287 new arrivals 

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According to Nafie Ali Nafie, presidential assistant and NCP’s deputy chairman, Washington persuaded the rebel SPLM-N that it can make Kadugli “Sudan’s Benghazi” and transform the SouthKordofan’s town to make it the capital for rebels who will 

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By Nahla Abu-Eissa, 5 March 2012 Khartoum, Sudan — After months of living in limbo, some 1400 southern Sudanese recently started the long journey to South Sudan on board the year’s first southbound train from the Sudan capital of Khartoum.

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Student presents research at UN
K-State Collegian
The research, which explored literacy rates in South Sudan, will be applied as a part of program on improving the system of education in the African country. Pearson came to K-State from New York City, where she was teaching at a school in Harlem.