Posts Tagged ‘northern neighbour’

Fire Razes South Sudan Ruling Party Offices
By Machel Amos, 17 February 2012 The fire engulfed the offices of the secretary general and chief negotiator Pagan Amum, turning piles of papers into ash. Officials said an air conditioner busted into flame in the conference hall and the fire swiftly 

Headquarters of South Sudan’s ruling party up in flames
By Al Arabiya The office building of South Sudan’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) was consumed by fire on Saturday, causing the loss of confidential documents. According to official reports, the fire was due to an electric fault, 

South Sudan-Kenya Oil Pipeline Boost for Growth, Says Lagu
By Wesonga Ochieng, 17 February 2012 THE pipeline to be built from South Sudan to the port of Lamu will play a pivotal economic role between the two countries, the South Sudan government has said. Chief advisor to South Sudan government Joseph Lagu has 

South Sudan: Govt Wants Kenya to Mediate in Abyei
By Wesonga Ochieng, 17 February 2012 South Sudan government wants Kenya to mediate in the conflict between South Sudan and its northern neighbour Sudan over Abyei and Kadugli border areas. Chief South Sudan Presidential Advisor Joseph Lagu said that 

Sudan delays China debt, exports $400 mln of gold
KHARTOUM Feb 18 (Reuters) – Sudan has secured a five-year delay on its debts to China, the finance minister said on Saturday, part of efforts to make up for the loss of revenues from the oil-producing south. Ali Mahmoud also told reporters the United 

South Sudan: UN Supports Projects (press release)
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is supporting a series of short- and long-term projects to help the people of South Sudan’s state of Jonglei, where ethnic rivalries often result in bloody conflict, to feed themselves and 

Tribalism for tribalism is just tribalism
Sudan Tribune
By James Adiok Mayik February 17, 2012 — It is genuine that the world knows problems of good governance in Unity State, South Sudan. It is also good to make it known nationwide that the challenges facing the evolution of quality governance in Bentiu 

South Sudan Wants Oil Back
Wall Street Journal
By NICHOLAS BARIYO KAMPALA, Uganda-Newly independent South Sudan has issued a legal notice over the more than 6 million barrels of oil allegedly stolen by its northern neighbor, Sudan, since December last year as the spat over oil transit fees between 

Fire consumes headquarters of South Sudan’s ruling party
Sudan Tribune
February 17, 2012 (JUBA) – A devastating fire broke out on Friday at the headquarters of South Sudan’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) in Juba, a week a similar incident at the official residence of the country’s president Salva Kiir 

South Sudan on high alert over meningitis outbreak
Africa Review
Director General and Community Health Dr Lul Riek (centre) flanked by WHO and government representatives speak to reporters over a possible outbreak of meningitis in South Sudan. 24 suspected cases have already been recorded so far.
Condoms to South Sudanese military to stem HIV-AIDS
Afrique en Ligue
New York, US – UNFPA provides condoms to South Sudanese military to stem HIV/AIDS. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) is working with a non-governmental organization (NGO) to provide condoms to the South Sudanese military in a bid to tackle the high rates 

South Sudan begins legal steps to track oil sold by Sudan
Reuters Africa
By Ulf Laessing JUBA (Reuters) – South Sudan has started legal steps to track down oil seized and sold by Sudan in a row between the two countries over oil payments, a government spokesman said on Friday. The landlocked African nation needs to export 

Tanzania plans a railway line to reach South Sudan
East African
By LEONARD MAGOMBA (email the author) Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda have reached a formal agreement to construct a multi-billion dollar railway network, which would also serve South Sudan and tap into the bloc’s growing trade
MFA Accuses South Sudan of Adopting Foreign Agenda
Sudan Vision
State Minister at the Foreign Ministry, Salah Wanasi reviewed, in a meeting with the Japanese Ambassador to Khartoum, developments of relationship with the State ofSouth Sudan, particularly with regard to oil file, pointing out that the State of South 

February 15, 2012 (JUBA) – Chinese oil companies operating in South Sudan face the possibility of expulsion if it is proven that they are complicit in stealing the country’s oil, a senior official said here today.

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President of Sudan Omer Hassan al-Bashir and Chinese President Hu Jintao listen to the national anthems during a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People on June 29, 2011 in Beijing, China (AFP)

The newborn state which became independent last July is locked in a row with its northern neighbour over oil and transporting it through the pipeline that runs through Sudan’s territory.

Khartoum wants Juba to pay $36 per barrel of oil it exports using Sudan’s infrastructure. But South Sudan says the fair fee should be around $1. An African Union (AU) panel tasked with mediating in this dispute among others has tabled a number of proposals that were rejected.

The Sudanese government frustrated with the lack of progress of the oil talks started seizing part of the crude exported saying that this would be to make up for unpaid invoices owed by Juba. The latter retaliated by suspending oil production altogether.

South Sudan also warned that it will sue any party that is proven to have facilitated or bought oil “stolen” by Khartoum.

Today the country’s chief negotiator in the oil talks Pagan Amum went further in this regard and singled out Chinese companies.

“Our relations with China are beginning but they are of course having difficulties now because of the role of some Chinese companies or individuals covering up some of this stealing,” Amum told reporters in Juba according to Reuters.

“We will make them pay the cost or else they are out of the country,” he added, without naming the firms.

State oil firms from China, India and Malaysia own majority shares in the three consortium’s extracting oil in South Sudan. China is the biggest buyer of South Sudanese oil and has built the most oil facilities in both countries.

Amum also said the Sudanese oil ministry had ordered Malaysian-Chinese pipeline operator Petrodar this week to switch on a tie-in pipeline to divert 120,000 bpd of southern oil to Sudan’s refineries.

He handed out a letter dated 13 February, allegedly from Petrodar, informing South Sudan that Sudan had commissioned the tie-in line to transfer crude “unilaterally and by force”.

China has attempted to reconcile differences between the two sides and last year dispatched its special envoy to Africa for that purpose but has met little success.

Despite being the country with the largest stake in the oil, Beijing has remained mostly silent in recent weeks amid escalation of rhetoric between Khartoum and Juba and warnings from the two sides on the possibility of reverting back to war.


South Sudan
 oil shutdown pushes up prices
JUBA, South Sudan, Feb. 17 (UPI) — South Sudan’s 3-week-old shutdown of its oil industry in a dispute over oil revenues with the fledgling state’s former leaders in Khartoum is likely to drag on and push up global oil prices.
South Sudan: UN supports projects to boost people’s livelihood in volatile state
UN News Centre
Challenges facing South Sudanese include poor harvests, price hikes, conflict and displacement. UN Photo/Isaac Billy The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is supporting a series of short- and long-term projects to help the people 
South Sudan seeks new oil pipeline
Daily Monitor
With the government in Juba having decided that it will no longer export crude oil through North Sudan, the need for an alternative route to the sea is now more urgent than it has ever been forSouth Sudan. A high level delegation from South Sudan has 
UN provides condoms to South Sudanese military to fight high rates of HIV/AIDS
UN News Centre
The United Nations is working with a non-governmental organization (NGO) to provide condoms to the South Sudanese military in a bid to tackle the high rates of HIV/AIDS among the country’s soldiers. “The military has a big number of young people who 

UN News Centre
Fire guts South Sudan ruling party offices
Africa Review
What remained of South Sudan ruling party head offices after a fire Friday afternoon. MACHEL AMOS | AFRICA REVIEW | By MACHEL AMOS in JubaPosted Friday, February 17 2012 at 20:34 Fire gutted South Sudan ruling party head offices Friday afternoon.

* South Sudan produced about 260,000 bpd of crude in Dec

* Disagreements with north over fees a threat to supply

By Yeganeh Torbati

LONDON, Feb 10 (Reuters) – South Sudanese oil output could remain absent from world markets in the near future, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Friday, as the country struggles to reach a revenue-sharing agreement with its northern neighbour.

South Sudan shut down its oil production in January, after Sudan seized some of the crude in a dispute over fees.

The landlocked South’s only current means of exporting its crude is through northern pipelines, although it is considering building a pipeline through Ethiopia and Djibouti.

The IEA estimates South Sudan was producing about 260,000 barrels per day (bpd) in December, while Sudan produced 110,000 bpd.

“In the absence of a foreseeable resolution, we have also reduced production estimates by around 200,000 bpd in (the first quarter of 2012) and by 100,000 bpd for 2012, reflecting landlocked South Sudan’s export conundrum,” the IEA said.

China, which imported 260,000 bpd of Sudanese and South Sudanese oil last year, about 5.2 percent of its total imports, is likely to see the biggest impact from the disruption, the IEA said.

Khartoum and Juba have other disagreements, including over the status of Abyei, a border region that is claimed by both.

“While it is impossible to predict the outcome, the broader set of economic and political factors at play mean that the two countries’ oil output will remain at risk at least for the remainder of the year,” the IEA said.

Sudan and South Sudan are set to resume oil talks on Friday. (Reporting By Yeganeh Torbati; editing by Keiron Henderson)

South Sudan oil output at risk in 2012 – IEA
South Sudan produced about 260000 bpd of crude in Dec * Disagreements with north over fees a threat to supply By Yeganeh Torbati LONDON, Feb 10 (Reuters) – South Sudanese oil output could remain absent from world markets in the near future, 

SOUTH SUDAN: Briefing on Jonglei violence
JUBA, 10 February 2012 (IRIN) – Several clashes involving thousands of combatants in South Sudan’s Jonglei state have highlighted the volatility of the world’s newest country, affecting some 140000 people. A major new offensive has been announced to 

South Sudan set for Caf membership
BBC Sport
South Sudan is set to become a provisional member of the Confederation of African Football (Caf) on Friday. The move will mark the first step to it becoming the world’s newest footballing nation. The country, which was declared independent from Sudan 

South Sudan admitted as a member of CAF
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) –South Sudan was admitted as a member of the Confederation of African Football on Friday, becoming the world’s newest footballing nation. Africa’s football body accepted the application by the South Sudan Football Association to 

Amnesty, HRW concerned about Sudans
10 (UPI) — Leading human rights organizations expressed alarm over the situation in the Sudanese region, where ethnic violence and weapons in Darfur threaten the region. Human Rights Watch called on authorities in South Sudan, which gained 

Don’t Paralyze the Peacekeepers
New York Times
IN South Sudan, which is once again on the verge of descent into war, the new year began with a horrific scene: the corpses of men, women and children lying strewn in the mud, killed by a militia just yards from the gates of a United Nations compound 

South Sudan in Ethiopia-Djibouti oil pipeline deal
BBC News
Landlocked South Sudan has signed a second oil pipeline deal in a bid to reduce its dependence on Sudan – amid a deepening oil crisis. The only export route for southern oil – which makes up 98% of its budget – is via its northern neighbour…

Sudan & South Sudan set to resume post-secession talks
Sudan Tribune
February 9, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan and South Sudan are due today to resume negotiations on a host of post-secession issues amid a period of acrimony caused by repeated failure to resolve their oil dispute. Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir, right, 

South Sudan: Warrap and Lakes states appeal to the executive to stop tribal 
Sudan Tribune
They also raised concern over lack of effective communications between the three governors in order to amicably address the insecurity situation involving their respective states. Comments on theSudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules…

South Sudan: Govt Enters Discussions With Djibouti Over Alternative Pipeline Route
By Ngor Arol Garang, 9 February 2012 Juba — South Sudan on Thursday said it has started talks with the Djibouti government to build an alternative oil pipeline through Ethiopia and Djibouti; weeks after the cabinet of the new nation passed a 

South Sudan: Justice Needed to Stem Violence
Human Rights Watch
(New York) – South Sudan should urgently ensure an effective and independent investigation into the violent, ethnic-driven attacks in Jonglei state, and arrest and prosecute those identified as responsible, Human Rights Watch said today.

Angola Sends Envoy to South Sudan to Seek Oil Deal, Jornal Says
Angola will send an envoy to South Sudan next week to negotiate an oil deal for state-owned oil company Sonangol EP, Novo Jornal reported, citing an unidentified company official. President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has asked Lopo do Nascimento, ..

The war of words between the recently-divided two Sudanese nations is escalating – with the President of Sudan saying war with the south is a ‘possibility’.

During an interview on state television, Omar Hassan al-Bashir insisted he wanted peace, but would go to war ‘if forced to’.

A dispute between the two countries over oil has been rumbling on for months.

Landlocked South Sudan has all the precious resource, but Sudan in the north has the ports and part of the pipeline passing through it.

The row is over fees Sudan believes it should be paid.

As the two have failed to agree a sum, Sudan has seized some of the oil in transit and detained some tankers during the export process.

South Sudan is accusing its northern neighbour of stealing 66 million euros worth of oil and stopped all production last weekend – affecting foreign companies. However, analysts predict the stoppage can not last more than five months.

Sudanese president: We are close to war with South Sudan

By JPOST.COM STAFF02/04/2012 07:23
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir warned Friday that his country is close to going to war against South Sudan, according to an AFP report.”The climate now is closer to a climate of war than one of peace,” said Bashir on national television.

Tension has been rising between the two countries since Sudan seized a shipment of 1.7 million barrels of South Sudanese oil.. In response to the move, South Sudan halted oil exports, which usually pass through Sudan, earning that country a substantial amount of money in taxes.

The countries are also locked in a border dispute over the oil-rich Abyei region, which both claim as their own sovereign territory.

Sudan’s Bashir says tensions with South could spark war
Fri Feb 3, 2012 8:50pm GMT

By Khalid Abdelaziz and Ulf Laessing

KHARTOUM Feb 3 (Reuters) – Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir said on Friday tensions with South Sudan over oil transit payments could lead to war between the two countries.

Asked in an interview with state television whether war could break out with South Sudan, Bashir said: “There is a possibility.”

He said Sudan wanted peace but added: “We will go to war if we are forced to go to war.”

“If there will be war after the loss of oil it will be a war of attrition. But it will be a war of attrition hitting them before us,” he said.

South Sudan took away much of Sudan’s oil production when it split away from Khartoum as an independent country in July. Oil is the lifeline of both economies.

The landlocked South still needs to export its crude through the north’s port and pipelines. But the two countries went their separate ways without agreeing how much South Sudan was going to pay Sudan to use its oil infrastructure.

The crisis came to a head when Khartoum said in January it had seized some southern oil as compensation for unpaid fees. South Sudan responded by shutting down oil production.

Bashir accused Juba of shutting down the oil flow to provoke a collapse of the Sudanese government. Khartoum has been fighting an economic crisis since the loss of southern oil, sparking small protests against high food prices and corruption.

Bashir said it was clear Juba did not want to reach an oil deal after his southern counterpart Salva Kiir had refused to sign during a meeting with him a proposal made by the African Union in Addis Ababa last week.

“They (the South) didn’t sign and they will not sign,” Bashir said, adding that Khartoum was entitled to 74,000 barrels of day of southern oil. Juba pumped 350,000 bpd prior to the shutdown.

“This is our right,” he said.

There was no immediate comment from Juba. Kiir said on Thursday he had rejected the deal in Addis Ababa because it would have required the South to pay billions of dollars to Khartoum and keep exporting crude through Sudan.

South Sudan wants to develop an alternative pipeline to Kenya to bypass Sudan’s facilities but oil insiders are sceptical the project is viable.


Bashir said the economic situation was difficult for Sudan this year but the country would boost current oil production of 115,000 bpd by 75,000 bpd. Sudan’s current output serves only domestic consumption.

Bashir said Sudan would also export gold worth $2.5 billion this year and expand the agricultural sector to compensate for the loss of oil. Experts have expressed doubts that raising gold exports and other plans to diversify the economy will offset the loss of oil revenues of $5 billion booked in 2010.

They say economic diversification has been hampered for years by corruption, misplanning and a U.S. embargo in place since 1997 for hosting militants such as Osama bin Laden in the past.

Apart from oil, the north and south also need to mark the 1,900 km (1,200 miles) long border and find a solution for the disputed region of Abyei. Khartoum also wants Juba to share Sudan’s external debt of $38 billion.

Both countries regularly trade accusations of supporting rebels on each other’s territory.

To read an analytical story about the conflict between Sudan and South Sudan double click on: (Reporting by Ulf Laessing and Khalid Abdelaziz)

Newly founded South Sudan says northern neighbour is stealing oil and charging too much for access to it pipelinesSouth Sudanese people

South Sudanese people turn out to hear a speech by their president, Salva Kiir. The South has announced the suspension of oil exports through Sudan. Photograph: Reuters

South Sudan official has said it is shutting down more than 900 oil wells after accusing neighbouring Sudan of stealing its oil.

Pagan Amum, the secretary general of South Sudan’s ruling party, said the shutdown would have a big impact on the new nation, which relies heavily on oil revenues, but he would rather see the oil stay in the ground than lose it to Sudan. “That is even worse,” he said.

At the centre of the dispute are pipeline fees being charged by Sudan. All of South Sudan’s oil currently runs through Sudan’s pipelines to Port Sudan for export. Khartoum has asked for $32 per barrel but South Sudan has called this extortion and offered $1 per barrel, which it says is the highest in the world.

The landlocked South on Sunday started to halt oil production after accusing Sudan of stealing $815m worth of its oil. South Sudan broke away from Sudan in July 2011 to form the world’s newest country but the neighbours did not agree on oil transit fees.

The shutdown came a day after South Sudan and Kenya signed a memorandum of understanding to build a pipeline from South Sudan’s oil fields south to Lamu, on the northern Kenyan coast, where a new port is planned.

The project has been a matter of speculation for the last few years, but South Sudan’s oil minister, Stephen Dhieu Dau, said planning would begin as soon as possible. “We do not know exactly when, but the pipeline is a priority for the government,” he said.

Amum said the oil shutdown would be completed within two to three days. He said South Sudan was also approaching Ethiopia about developing a new pipeline that would eventually go to port through Djibouti.

While South Sudan is losing large amounts of money by shutting down its oil industry, Sudan is losing money as well and risks losing future revenue if South Sudan completes new pipelines out if its territory.

South Sudan puts its army on maximum alert in oil row escalation

By Ngor Arol Garang

January 25, 2012 (JUBA) – South Sudan on Wednesday said it has put its troops on maximum alert, amid growing tensions with Khartoum over the ongoing oil wealth sharing dispute and reports of air bombing by Sudan inside its borders.

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Soldiers guard a South Sudanese oil refinery, 2009 (AFP)

Yesterday the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees(UNHCR) condemned aerial bombardment of areas hosting Sudanese refugees in South Sudan.

The bombing which took place on Monday in the Upper Nile state reportedly left one child injured and 14 other people missing. Upper Nile borders Blue Nile state in Sudan, where the Khartoum government is engaged in conflict with rebels.

On Wednesday the spokesperson for the French foreign ministry Bernard Valero condemned the air raid saying it not only endangered civilians living “in dramatic situation” but also United Nations (UN) and International Organisation for Migration (IOM) staff working there.

“This aggression is a violation of international humanitarian law and involves the lives of civilians and humanitarian workers. This is unacceptable,” the French official said.

Valero also said that France is “very concerned” about recent decisions “taken unilaterally” by both Khartoum and Juba which “go against the spirit of friendship and cooperation which they had been able to demonstrate from January to July 2011”.

Valero urged both parties to “demonstrate responsibility” and to reach an agreement at theIntergovernmental Authority on Development special summit, based on the African Union High-level Implementation Panel proposals.

Speaking at a press briefing in Juba International airport upon arrival from Addis Ababa on Wednesday, Majak D’Agoot, South Sudan’s deputy minister of defence said the Government of South Sudan (GoSS) was aware that Khartoum is mobilising support for militia groups operating along the borders with South Sudan.

Agoot said South Sudan’s troops are on maximum alert, to counter any Khartoum-backed aggression.

The South Sudan official said the talks he attended in Ethiopia with Khartoum were fruitless because of the reluctance of the Sudanese delegation to engage “in honest and meaningful discussions”.

Khartoum has been confiscating South Sudanese oil as what it considers payment for arrears in unpaid transit fees. Juba considers the charge of around US$32 per barrel in fees suggested by Khartoum as exorbitant, but it is landlocked and currently has no other pipeline, other than the one under Khartoum’s control, which terminates at Port Sudan.

Juba claims Khartoum has “looted” US$815 billion worth of its oil. Khartoum is demanding around US$1 billion in unpaid fees since July 2011.

As a result of dispute South Sudan has stopped output at more than 300 wells and has reduced production at 600 more.

According to the South’s chief negotiator in talks being held in Addis Ababa, Pagan Amum, output is expected to be reduced from 275,000 to 135,000 barrels per day. He also said US$2.6 billions would be disbursed to Sudan within four years after separation and that US$2.8 billion in South Sudanese arrears be forgiven.

As South Sudan relies on oil revenues for 90 per cent of its economy, the prohibitive costliness and time consuming nature of constructing an alternative pipeline through neighbouring Kenya to the coast at Lamu, the stalemate is unlikely to be tenable for long.

Aleu Ayeny Aleu, a member of the National Assembly from Warrap commended the decision to reduce oil production.

“Nothing much has changed. The standoff on oil have not been resolved”, Agoot told journalists on Wednesday in Juba, but expressed South Sudan’s willingness to negotiate “a fair deal” with Khartoum.

While still at the Addis Ababa summit Agoot told Sudan Tribune that his “profound” knowledge of the Sudanese government made the Sudanese defence minister, Abdel-Rahim Mohammed Hussein reluctant to hold discussions with his delegation.

Agoot served as deputy National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) in Khartoum during the interim period, before he was appointed as South Sudan’s deputy defence minister after secession on 9 July 2011.

Agoot was accompanied by the general chief of staff of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, James Hoth Mai.


Enhancing trade: Kenya and South Sudan sign oil pipeline deal
ntvkenya The government of Kenya has signed an agreement with the government ofSouth Sudan that will allow for the construction of an oil pipeline connecting the two countries. The agreement was signed this morning in Juba.

South Sudan: Dr Marial Receives Report On Restructuring the Ministry of
He also said the report touched on the case of South Sudanese officials who returned from Khartoum and the Diaspora. Responding to the presentation, Dr Marial said that the report has come at the right time when South Sudan is embarking on a 

South Sudan: Unity State to Screen Workers in Its Payroll
Juba — The unity state government yesterday subjected over 300 workers to investigation in what is attributed to their names appearing twice in the finance payroll. Gideon Gatpat, the state spokesperson revealed this to the Citizen newspaper over 

South Sudan: The Independent Country Between the Rule of Communities and
In the last part of this article, the author had raised question asked by some citizens of this country about the real rulers of contemporary South Sudan, whether it is the government or the communities. That question was directed to the people of 

South Sudan: The Young Need Sports Especially Football
A few days ago the sports clubs spread throughout South Sudan especially in the capital Juba where filled to their capacities because their members were watching and applauding the opening matches by member countries of Africa Cup of nations.

Aid agencies sound warning in South Sudan
Al Jazeera
Intense tribal conflict in South Sudan’s Jonglei state has resulted in thousands of deaths and many more injuries, despite the launch of one of the most expensive humanitarian interventions in the region’s history, The UN is confident that enough food 

SudanSouth Darfur’s unrest escalates
Sudan Tribune
According to Sudan Tribune’s sources, the protestors are demonstrating against the appointment of the new governor and in favor of reinstating his predecessor, Abdul Hamid Musa Kasha. At least three people were killed in the continued demonstration on 

South Sudanese women call for greater participation in constitutional review
Sudan Tribune
By Ngor Arol Garang January 25, 2012 (JUBA) – A South Sudanese women’s alliance on Wednesday said the National Constitution Review Commission (NCRC) did not fully represent their interests after its swearing ceremony on Tuesday.

Ban: UN Ill-Equipped…
Talk Radio News Service
By Staff|1/25/2012 11:07 PM United Nations peacekeepers in South Sudan don’t have enough resources to prevent acts of violence against the country’s civilian population, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said at a press conference Wednesday outlining a 

South Sudan: Foot-soldiers and armed corruption
The Africa Report
By Geof Magga In its efforts to fight corruption, the South Sudanese government has come up with an ambitious plan to audit all government institutions. But the country’s informal traders have suggested that it might be an impossible task.

Remember South Sudan
German Marshall Fund (blog)
Add to this volatile mix national elections in the United States, France, and elsewhere and it is easy to forget one of the landmark events of 2011: the July 9 th independence of South Sudan. Moreover, although remembrance of the new nation’s founding 
Two Sudans’ oil dispute deepens as South shuts down wells
The Guardian
South Sudan official has said it is shutting down more than 900 oil wells after accusing neighbouring Sudan of stealing its oil. Pagan Amum, the secretary general ofSouth Sudan’s ruling party, said the shutdown would have a big impact on the new 

By Jared Ferrie

(Updates with comment by oil minister from seventh paragraph.)

Jan. 13 (Bloomberg) — South Sudan said the operators of a pipeline that carries its oil exports to Port Sudan have warned the facility may be closed in two days unless a blockade being imposed by neighboring Sudan on its shipments is lifted.

Sudan’s government would be “responsible for any damages that will follow that shut down,” South Sudanese Oil Minister Stephen Dhieu Dau told reporters today in Juba, the capital.

South Sudan on Jan. 10 accused Sudan of blocking 3.4 million barrels of its oil exports and said the northern neighbour is also seeking to divert the flow of some of its crude by building a new pipeline.

Sudan’s Foreign Ministry said it prevented the vessels from leaving international waters in the Red Sea because they failed to pay port fees. The new oil pipeline is for use in the future, when the government plans to “buy or take over part of our dues from the south in crude, after reaching a final oil agreement,” it said on Jan. 11.

South Sudan assumed control of about three-quarters of Sudan’s output of 490,000 barrels a day when it seceded on July 9 after an independence referendum. Talks since then have failed to yield an agreement on the amount landlocked South Sudan will pay to transport its oil through a pipeline across Sudan.

The two sides failed to reach an agreement on the oil dispute in talks last month. Further African Union-sponsored negotiations are scheduled to take place from Jan. 17 to Jan. 23 in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.

Double Oil Output

Dau also said South Sudan plans to double oil production to 700,000 barrels per day in five years. For that increase to happen, the country would need to build a new oil pipeline because the current one doesn’t have sufficient capacity, he said. South Sudan also doesn’t want to be dependent on Sudan for its oil to be exported, Dau said.

“We must plan to diversify the routes,” he said. “You should not put all your eggs in one basket.” South Sudan has previously said it is exploring routes through Kenya and Ethiopia.

South Sudan’s government earlier today signed exploration and production-sharing agreements with six companies including China National Petroleum Corp., Malaysia’s Petroliam Nasional Bhd and India’s Oil & Natural Gas Corp. for six blocks in the East African country. Foreign oil companies have been operating without signed accords since South Sudan’s independence.

The state also plans to negotiate with companies that have agreements for non-producing blocks signed with companies before independence.

“We believe some of these companies have overstayed on those blocks without doing anything and even the ownership of these blocks is in question,” Dau said. “As a sovereign state we will not abide by contracts signed by the Republic of Sudan.”

–Editors: Paul Richardson, Antony Sguazzin.

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South Sudan Says Oil Pipeline May Close on Sudan Blockade
13 (Bloomberg) — South Sudan said the operators of a pipeline that carries its oil exports to Port Sudan have warned the facility may be closed in two days unless a blockade being imposed by neighboring Sudan on its shipments is lifted. 

S.Sudan warns pipe may shut in oil row with Khartoum
By Hereward Holland JUBA , Jan 13 (Reuters) – South Sudan said on Friday that a pipeline to north Sudan carrying its crude oil exports may have to shut down within two days because Khartoum was blocking oil shipments. Sudan itself accused the 

Ethiopia Awaits Influx of Refugees from Sudan and South Sudan
Voice of America
January 13, 2012 Ethiopia Awaits Influx of Refugees from Sudan and South Sudan Joe DeCapua Humanitarian agencies are preparing for an influx of refugees into Ethiopia from both Sudan andSouth Sudan. Civilians, mostly women and children, 

Children among 57 killed in South Sudan tribal clashes
JUBA (Reuters) – At least 57 people, most of them women and children, were killed in tribal clashes on Wednesday in South Sudan’s vast Jonglei state, the latest deaths in a cycle of ethnic violence displacing 60000 people, the government said Friday. 

JobsConsultant – Evaluation of Merlin South Sudan programme
Reuters AlertNet
Merlin has been working in Southern Sudan since 1998 and has had a continuous presence in the country since 2004, with an office in Juba. Merlin has worked in Upper Nile, Jonglei, and Eastern Equatoria States. Merlin has expanded its support to primary