Archive for January 16, 2016

Dr. Riek Machar: I am ready to meet President Kiir to discuss the 28 states

Posted: January 16, 2016 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan

An Excerpt from Dr. Riek Machar’s letter to the JMEC Chairman, Festus Mogae

riek letter to JMEC chairman


JUBA (HAN) January 16, 2016 – Public Diplomacy and Regional Stability Initiatives News. South Sudan has warned Sudan that it will shut down its only active oilfield unless the cost of transporting crude through Khartoum is revised to reflect the low oil prices prevailing globally [today, it is $29 per barrel]

The closure would be the first step in Juba’s quest to bring back issues pending from the 2005 peace deal to the negotiating table, especially if a transitional government is set up as expected this week. South Sudan ambassador to Kenya James Morgan said the Paloch oilfields in Upper Nile will be shut down because the country cannot pay Sudan $25 per barrel in transit fees when oil prices are below $30 per barrel.

“It does not make sense to pay Khartoum $25 and the Chinese pipeline owners $15 per barrel when the global oil prices have plummeted. It is better to stop and preserve the natural resource while waiting for oil prices to improve,” said Mr Morgan. Juba has asked Khartoum to reduce the fixed pipeline fee that was agreed on under the September 2012 Co-operation Agreement signed in Addis Ababa.

The agreement was meant to fast-track solutions to wealth sharing, security arrangements, border demarcation, and the issue of Abyei, which, according to the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), ought to have conducted a referendum in January 2011. As part of the wealth sharing and economic co-operation agreement, a fixed transmission fee of $25 per barrel was set to repay a $3 billion compensation package to Sudan for the loss of 75 per cent of the oilfields.

However, implementation of the CPA aborted when war broke out in South Sudan in December 2013. Landlocked Juba pays Sudan for transporting oil through its pipeline to Port Sudan, but has been looking for alternatives like the yet to be completed Kenyan port of Lamu. South Sudan wants the transit fee to be renegotiated, and to be based on a percentage of the global oil price. Mohammed El-Sadique, Sudan’s ambassador to Kenya, told The EastAfrican that Khartoum is ready to reconsider the issue.

“The issue of falling global oil prices is a concern for everybody, and Sudan as an oil exporter is also worried whether the prices will go up soon or stay down for a long time,” he said. Mr El-Sadique said that Sudan considers South Sudan its biggest market in the region, and a sister country, so much so that when the war broke out in 2013, it allowed those fleeing the turmoil to stay, work and acquire education in Khartoum as citizens, not refugees.

At the time of signing the agreement in 2012, global oil prices were at $125 per barrel. In addition, South Sudan — which depends on oil to fund 78 per cent of its budget — has seen its oil production fall from 350,000 barrels per day to 140,000 per day due to the civil war. Only the Paloch oilfields in Upper Nile are currently in operation; oilfields in Unity State have shut down because of insecurity. Mr Morgan said Juba is in the process of signing concessions in the mining sector to reduce dependency on oil. South Sudan has deposits of gold, diamond, uranium, copper, zinc, lead, manganese and iron. Sudan and South Sudan have also agreed to revive the implementation of the border demarcation, security arrangements and Abyei.

– See more at: http://www.geeskaafrika.com/s-sudan-juba-takes-on-sudan-over-oil-transit-fees/14458/#sthash.oACBNZjc.dpuf


Bor County Diaspora (USA) Congratulates New Jonglei State Governor Hon. Philip Aguer Panyang

28 governors swearing in ceremony in Juba

The swearing in ceremony of 28 governors in Juba, South Sudan, 29 Dec 2015

January 16, 2016 (SSB) — Congratulations on your appointment as our new governor of Jonglei State. We are so pleased to hear of your taking leadership of our new state at this tumultuous time in the lives of our people back home in South Sudan. Certainly your willingness to volunteer your time and effort, as well as express your opinions, has contributed to your being appointment for the gubernatorial position. The members of the Bor County Diaspora– USA extend a warm welcome to you as our new state’s governor.

We have heard lots of glowing reports of your work in the inner communities you have served in the years past, particularly in Panyagoor in 1990s as well as your recent political position as the SPLA spokesman during the current crisis in our country and your patriotic service in that position has been well received and lauded by citizens across South Sudan. We are confident that your influence will continue to encourage our proud tradition of involvement in worthwhile political causes. (more…)


By Santino Aniek, New York, USA

Taban Deng Ghai and President Kiir, Juba, Dec 22 2015

Taban Deng Ghai and President Kiir, Juba, Dec 22 2015

January 16, 2016 (SSB) — Last week when we were listening to the little evil of Ruweng people’s speech, what we heard was a crime, chauvinism, bigotry, and rhetoric that were threatened to Ruweng people. Everyone in our community by now is aware of the horrific speech during the convention a few weeks ago by Taban Deng Gai, and it should be condemned in stronger terms. His position on the issue of border between Panrieng and Biemnom that is now being discussed on Social Media has displayed an ignorance or intentional bias, and it is extraordinarily ridiculous, which deserves a serious response.

As always the case, his people in Unity state had continued to speculate whether Panrieng and Biemnom share a border, perhaps they are unaware of the location of Panrieng and Biemnom. With that being said, I find it particularly disturbing that I’m clearly more concerned about this rhetoric, crime, chauvinism, and bigotry, which he is trying to convey to South Sudanese people. Given the enormous situation facing our people, it was shocking and unbelievable to all of us to hear that Panrieng and Biemnom do not share border, however, I feel that many in our community are not familiar with many cruelty Taban Deng has been imposing on our community all these years, and I have to help our people to understand some characteristics of this little evil of Ruweng people has.

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