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07 February 2012Comprehensive Information on Complex Crises
Sudan Oil Dispute
By Angelia Sanders
Sudan and South Sudan are locked in an intense dispute over how to manage the two countries
oil wealth. At the heart of the dispute is the issue of transit fees South Sudan must pay Sudan in
order to transport South Sudans oilnorth from the oil fields located in South Sudan to the sea
ports in Sudan, reportsReuters. According toAfrica Confidential, Sudan is demanding an exorbi-
tant USD 30 per barrel in transit fees(the international rate is USD 0.40 1.00). South Sudan has
stated that it will only pay USD 0.63-0.69 per barrel, in addition to a one-time payment of USD
1.7 billion to compensate for Sudans major loss in oil revenue when South Sudan officially
gained independence in July 2011. When South Sudan refused to pay the high transit fee, Sudan
seizedat least four oil-laden South Sudanese tankers bound for export as compensation until an
agreement was reached, reportsReuters. In response to the theft, South Sudan moved to sus-
pend its oil production, reportsAl Jazeera.
The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) reports that the African Unions High Level Implementa-
tion Panel (AUHIP) proposed two optionsto end the deadlock. However, South Sudans Presi-
dent Salva Kiir rejected the African Unions mediation proposalwith Sudan because it required
South Sudan to pay Sudan billions of dollars and to ship crude from certain oil fields through
Sudans pipelines to the Red Sea, reportsBloomberg. Kiir felt that the deal would have kept
South Sudan dependent on the north for exports.
In order to reduce this dependency, South Sudan and the Kenyan government signed a memoran-
dum of understanding to build an oil pipelinefrom South Sudan to the Kenyan port of Lamu.
According to the Sudan Tribune, a spokesman for South Sudan says that potential investors have
been identified. However, South Sudanese rebels have threatened theproposed construction.
As the oil dispute continues, both sides accuse the other of not seeking a fair deal, reportsReu-
ters. Sudan has said that South Sudan is becoming hostile and will hold South Sudan responsi-ble for any attempt to target or sabotage oil fields. Reuters further reports that Sudan President
Omar Hassan al-Bashir said on 03 February that we could go to warif we are forced to go to
war. The Vice President of South Sudan Riek Machar however has dismissed Bashirs state-
ments and said that we will not go to warwith the north, reports the Sudan Tribune. TheAsso-
ciated Press(AP) reports that UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has called the dispute between
the two countries a serious threat to peaceand security in the region.
Angelia Sanders is a Knowledge Manager at the CFC. She holds a Masters in Public Health and a MA inInternational Affairs. Her work experiences include the Peace Corps in Kenya and three years in South
Sudan working for the Carter Center.
In Focus Excerpted fromMB Weekly 07February 2012
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