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South Sudan brushes aside Khartoum’s complaint to UNSC

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August 30, 2011 (NAIROBI) – The Sudanese government on Tuesday sent a letter to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) accusing South Sudan of supporting rebels in South Kordofan and Darfur, a charge Juba has categorically denied.

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Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Karti chats with an unidentified embassy staff during a news conference at the Sudan Embassy in Beijing, China (AP Photos)

Recrimination and tension have defined the relations between north and South Sudan since the latter declared independence from Sudan in July this year per a vote promised under 2005’s peace deal which ended more than two-decades of civil war between the two sides.

The north-south border state of South Kordofan descended into a state of war since early June between Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and fighters of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N), an offshoot of the party that rules South Sudan.

SPLM-N fighters are mostly affiliated to South Kordofan’s Nuba population which largely sided with the south during the war.

The letter sent by Sudan’s foreign minister Ali Karti spoke of the commitment demonstrated by GoS in implementing the peace deal’s provisions in contrast with “recurring” violations by the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) of the same deal.

“The positions of the Republic of South Sudan (RoSS) have always been hostile towards Sudan,” the letter alleged. The letter went on to say that the hostilities are represented in the “continued” sheltering and support rendered by RoSS to Sudan’s rebel groups in the western region of Darfur and South Kordofan.

It also cited allegations of numerous violations of the peace deal, including GoS’s deployment of 2500 soldiers in the hotly contested region of Abyei under the guise of police forces, failure to disarm its fighters in South Kordofan or withdraw them behind the 1956 border strip, sponsoring a conference this month to mobilize rebels in South Kordofan and Darfur to topple the Sudanese government through armed struggle.

“The government of RoSS has been standing behind all hostile actions in South Kordofan and supports them with arms and [military] machinery,” Sudan’s letter said.

It further claimed that RoSS continues to “incite the SPLM-N to wage a proxy war” in South Kordofan.

Sudan encouraged the UNSC to harness its jurisdictions to bring South Sudan to commit to the agreements signed between the two states and cease support for Darfur and South Kordofan’s rebels.

In response, South Sudan has denied Sudan’s accusation, suggesting that the blame for South Kordofan’s troubles rests solely on Khartoum’s shoulders.

“There is no element of truth whatsoever in Sudan’s accusations,” South Sudan’s information minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

Benjamin said that Khartoum has only itself to blame for South Kordofan’s war because it failed to implement the popular consultation vote in the area as stipulated under the peace agreement with South Sudan.

South Sudan’s minister vowed that his country would respond to the letter at the UNSC because the complaint has no justifications.

“The Sudanese government is bombing civilians in South Kordofan, how do we come in?” he asked.

International groups blamed aerial bombardment carried out by Sudan’s army for numerous causalities in the area.

According to Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, their researchers led a week-long mission to the area in late August and were able to establish that SAF had carried out 13 air strikes in Kauda, Delami and Kurchi areas where at least 26 civilians were killed and more than 45 others injured since mid-June.

Sudan’s president Omer hassan Al-Bashir recently announced a two week-long unilateral ceasefire in South Kordofan as political settlement to the conflict remained elusive.

But the Sudanese army on Monday reported it had clashed with SPLM-N rebels in few areas, accusing the rebels of attempting to exploit the ceasefire.

SPLM-N’s secretary-general Yasir Arman said that Al-Bashir’s ceasefire is a public relations stunt aiming to hoodwink the international community and prepare the ground for a military offensive.

Today the US called on Khartoum to respect its own declared truce.

"The United States is deeply concerned about reports of continued Sudanese Air Force bombings of civilian areas in Southern Kordofan," despite the truce, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.

UN reports accused the Sudanese army and its allied paramilitary forces of committing wide-ranging atrocities in South Kordofan, including "extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests and illegal detention, enforced disappearances and attacks against civilians."

The UN said the allegations, if substantiated, could amount to crimes against humanity or war crimes. The Sudan government labeled the report as biased.

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  • 31 August 2011 10:55, by Abraham Ayom

    Ashame on Khartoum and Ali Kharti. I did not know that they can also write and sent a letter to the UNSC for accusing South Sudan of backing rebels. They always probe themselves deadly here in Sudan with their characters habit such arming south Sudan guns men and rebels like George Athur, Peter Gadet,Gatluak Gai, Dr. Lam Akol Militas and many others rebels.

    Khartoum are the most well known for their divided and rule Method(giving money and army logistics support to our fellow southerners in the North to come and kills their own brothers in South), Darfurian with their fellow Darfurian, Nubain with their fellow Nubian etc.

    Bashir regime with the habit of downplay any agreement process and lack of implementation for the promises being documented. Everyone black ethices group in Sudan learn enogh from Arab habits. this time, Khartoum regime will fight several rebel groups untill it’s overthrow like Egypt, Tusia, Ivory Cost and Libya. No matter how many letters you can produce and sent them to UNSC Can not help you becuase you are already wanted by the ICC for the war genocide, war crime and crimes againist humanity. so Bashir and his NCP supporters are half way dead.

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  • 31 August 2011 10:57, by Sam.Eto

    The UN, US, ROSS and you know these accusations are true. Starting from Kiirs speech about supporting and not forgetting the people of darfur and the two states. The continues cries from fanat ic SPLM repliers on this website and clear statements by your undiplomatic government officials. Unlike the government of SS, when the North says it has proof, they do. They wouldn’t have put in a complaint unless they could back it. Unlike your dismissed, corrupt Pagan.

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  • 31 August 2011 12:15, by mohammed ali

    Does the government of the RoSS support the rebells? Yes, it does. Deep in your hearts , all of you know this simple fact.

    The government of the South has the full right to choose which way it want to run the relationship with the Sudan. Any renewal of open hostilities will definetly harm us , but for sure it will harm the people of the south much more!

    It is the government right to choose between behaving like a responsible government which abide by the international law or acting as a gurella fighters who does not abide by any law.

    It is a choice between war and peace and it is fully in the hand of the south!

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    • 31 August 2011 12:42, by Nhom wadit

      you are not correct together with your dominated government in the North so need not of following us with your bad conducts of last years you did for us. What do you want? we had gone you are still blaming us for nothing so leave us alone please.You be careful non senses are not welcomed in the south.
      thx

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    • 31 August 2011 14:42, by rock

      Mr.Ali;
      don`t cover the support that GOS give to the south Sudan rebels, because they resident in Khartoum and declare war against south Sudan government there and not only that there is a lot of evident for south Sudan government report GOS to UNSC and not GOS report to ROSS.
      talking about hostility ah ah man this time is different.
      the plot GOS did to people Kordofan will not succeed like that one of Abyei this time.

      Rock man who don`t betray his people

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    • 31 August 2011 15:05, by rock

      Ali;
      you have started when you people attack 18 buses that hire by Southerners who are come to South and abduct three girls what do you want tell to us here.
      besides innocent children that poison by your people last time,Mr Agent you people do bad things pretend to be good person or innocent.
      Rock

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      • 31 August 2011 16:40, by mohammed ali

        Rock,

        Why should we attack a bus leaving Sudan, while there are over a million southerners still living with us in peace and harmoney? They still refuse to go to your paradise and enjoy the peace and security which they lack in the south.Those whom you forced back died from hunger and many are willing to come back!

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        • 31 August 2011 20:15, by eye-of-an-eye

          Mr. mohamed Ali or who they call you. whom do you think the UNSC consider to be right the criminal or an innocent civilian dying in dailly bases in S. Kordufan, Darfur, Abyei, black Sudanese street children in Khortoum and elsewhere as NCP murdering them. when you lit a fire on a dry bushes it’s flame will broaden and catch you when your not wise enough for what you are doing. South Sudan have no mean to give any rebel group support thats is what to the truth, by the way if i were the HE. Pres. Kiir I would have did all to help them to blow NCP from Sudan because you are evils.

          You know why NCP(North Sudan) complaining is because rebel groups are now building a concrete foundation militarily and positive procedurse to overthrow NCP(Bashir Goverment). they acused Yasir Arman of vissiting Isreal for military equipment they really fear of Isreal involvement in these issues.

          Bashir tried several times to kill Dr. Kalil and other rebel groups but he fail due to God protection. God and devil in competition it resulted as always devil is the looser.

          I know what is going around NCP, in planing, or anything they want to do, Im also a crazy in hacking information mostly in North Sudan no any creature can control me. all you are fabricating to accuse South Sudan is all nonsence and not true, though SS gave them a little suport by tranporting their goods through our land who cares, is just like taking a exit like in other countries.

          I’m wishing them positive revolution.

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  • 31 August 2011 12:21, by Amokmeth

    Ha ha ha! What kind of fake complaint Mr Bashir and his blind government submit to UNSC a shame on him,Mr Bashir you have to put one thing in your childish minded that ICC is not far from you, Ocampo will fuck you and your government very soon leave alone Goss.The SPLA-N one day captured khartoum and your government ministers will be prisoners of war that will be your doom-day.go to hell.

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  • 31 August 2011 12:33, by Amokmeth

    Shame on khartoum who kills here own people.

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  • 31 August 2011 12:57, by Kolong oo!

    For how long will khartoum kills her own people and point finger at Juba? Shame on government of terrorist. UNSC should take over the case from fake icc who allow Bashir to genocides the african population in sudan.

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  • 31 August 2011 13:21, by Deng E. Manyuon

    We should be realistic, the 2005 CPA was inked by Sudan People’s Liberation Movement leader who happened to be a Southerner on behalf of all rebels who hail from Southern Kordofan and Southern Blue Nile. One of the main core agreement was to conduct popular consultations in Southern Kordofan and Southern Blue Nile. This is yet to be implemented by the NCP. It is over due and too dangerous. Blaming or accusing the Republic of South Sudan, would not change the reality on the ground. It is rather for our brothers in the North to address the issue responsibly. The people of Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile are fighting for their own survival.

    Yes, it is true President Salve Kiir has stated that the South would not forget their brothers from Nuba Mountains and Funj. But that does not necessarily mean aiding the rebels militarily and financially. It could be simply by acknowledging their reasons for the continuing fight after the CPA.

    Deng

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    • 31 August 2011 14:26, by mohammed ali

      Deng,

      Popular consultation is the responsbility of the Republic of Sudan. It is our problem and we will deal with it within our borders..

      Nobody is blaming , we are just stating facts which are known to everybody. Even Salva Kirr is not denying these facts, on the contrary he declaitred them openly.

      We didn’t interfer in your problems when we saw that hundreds of people were killed or dying of hunger.We could make hundreds of excuses to interfer, it is not difficult.We are just waiting for the SPLA to come to it’s senses and act as a responsible government towards it’s neighbours and people.

      Nobody is expecting the UNSC to act, but the government is just making them aware and alerting them in case we act in response to this interference in our internal affairs!

      SPLA should stop the megalomenia and the mentality of hurting us, they can’t they will just burn their fingers.Even if they hurt us, it wont do them any good.

      Remember there are still over one milklion living with us,Ben Mathew was screaming that he had an agreement not to repatriate them before 9 months and we should not expel them now! Why should we abide by any agreement when you are supporting rebillion within our borders? Simply expelling them will add to the long list of the starving people.Ben Mathew accused our government of trying to turn the GOSS into a failed state by repatriating southerners, we donnot want that; this why we accepted to leave them for anothe 9 months in good faith. Though am sure the SPLA will not be ready for them in 90 years!

      Still the choice is your to choose peace or war!

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      • 31 August 2011 15:51, by pabaak

        Mohamed Ali, you always run your mouth whenever we discuss our issues concerning us trying to defend your regime in Khartoum, the government there in Khartoum is well known for its role in complicating matter in the south Kordofan, do you thinks that south Kordofan and Blue Nile took arm to liberate south and give it up when the south get Independence? if you think so then you are not different with what describe as " the foolish age men" in your text book. Is not a matter of throwing complain to UNSC and just hope will get attentions, there no evidence that Khartoum will bring to convince the UNSC with alleged support to rebels in the North, but in contrast we have strong evidence about your involvement in supporting militias who are trying to destabilize our citizens in the south , white helicopter was captured transporting elements of these militias plus the famous discovery of the planning by SAF to destabilize south that was discover by the SPLM secretary general Fagan Amoum, the and list is going on.

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        • 31 August 2011 16:52, by mohammed ali

          Pabaak,

          South kordofan and blue nile is not an issue concerning you; it is our concern and non of your concern. Sudan is our country and is no longer yours .Our problems are our problems not yours! This what you and your government should understand very clearl!

          I donnot need any proof as your own words give substantial proof that you know that your government is supporting rebillion in our country!

          It is far better for you to stop your people killing each other or dying from humger than wasting your money trying to ignite a war in our country. The people in the south need food not war , bullet will not feed them!

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          • 1 September 2011 02:54, by pabaak

            Mohamed Ali, don’t you know that CPA was a number of protocols that included Soutern Korodofan, Blue Nile and Abyei, if you think your master in Khartoum will just get rid of these protocols by simply issuing presidential degrees in palace without follow right channel then you lack knowledge about what’s mean by agreement. you can’t say these issues are not our concern,we have unfinished business with you guys,the border is not even demarcated,the CPA is not been fully implemented. if you think Nubian Mountain will laid down their weapons because Southern Sudan become an independent country then you’re wrong.

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    • 31 August 2011 14:40, by Mangokdit

      Good comment,you guys Bhashir should think twice before writing to the UNsc bze he is needed by icc,therfore all the human right should urging bhashir to face icc of genocide he made otherwise he ’ll be overthrown.

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  • 31 August 2011 14:19, by modi Losombek

    TO: Sudan’s foreign minister Ali Karti,

    You are ending up soon just due to your evil acts against the innocent Sudanese.

    Your allegation against the newly born State is incorrect and therefore you will soon receive the RSS response.

    The World organizations has recently reported on the ground that Khartoum air crafts are still bombing South Kordofan. Your evil acts will end you up soon.

    Hahahahahahaha, NCP is crying now.

    Thanks,
    lokole2011@gmail.com

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  • 31 August 2011 14:56, by Gabriel Machar

    Ha ha ha ha, it really sound good when Jalaba scream. let bashire deliver that complain letter to the UNSC.there is an expresion in Arabic said( halima raja le adata elgadima) mohmed alli can understand what its mean. Iam sure they gote strong heat from SPLA/M - North somewhere there in the battlefield, keep it up boys

    RSS oyee, SPLM oyee, SPLA/M - North oyee

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    • 31 August 2011 17:02, by mohammed ali

      Machar,

      We are not screeming , we have just being patient! Unfortunately you misunderstand this and you donnot understand from previous experiences!

      This was not a complaint, if you understand politics,this a warning! Let the UNSC be aware of what is going to happen next.Hope you understand this now!

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    • 3 September 2011 01:19, by dingdong

      Ali,
      UNSC concern about you kills your own people. This atrocities going on in South Kordafan and Blue Nile is conflicted with your sent in letter. And now, you try to paint it on Democratic country (South Sudan) internationally

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  • 31 August 2011 15:03, by Rising of the Sun

    If NCP indeed love peace in Sudan, let them do the right thing and stop pointing fingers South-wards. The right thing is to give each and every Sudanese their rightful freedom and stop making skin colour and issue. It won’t solve the problems surrounding Khartoum.

    Now let Khartoum also taste how it feels when someone supports and hosts your rebels. This is what they have always been doing to other neighbouring countries including South Sudan.
    I wish South Sudan was indeed giving support to SPLM-N and Darfur rebels. Khartoum would have felt the real pinch.

    It is indeed sad that Sudan even before breaking up never had anyone who could stand up and do what truly makes all the citizens proud.
    The South is gone. If these habits don’t stop you never know who would want to quit next.

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  • 1 September 2011 07:01, by Makuei

    Ali,

    There are hundreds of people dying in the North everyday and your Terrorist government in Khartoum dont report them to the world - thinking it will make them look good.

    So shut up! and stop shouting for nothing against the Great South. Khartoum will never last nor rest! Its time to go.

    Bashir is trying to play stupid here.

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