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South Sudan says new evidence indicates Khartoum supported Athor


By Ngor Arol Garang

December 24, 2011 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s military said Saturday it has found further evidence indicating that north Sudan is supporting the South Sudan Democratic Movement (SSDM) - a rebel group in Jonglei and Upper Nile states.

The leader of the rebellion, George Athor, was killed 19 December by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), the official army of South Sudan, which became independent in July.

SPLA spokesperson, Phillip Aguer, told Sudan Tribune that the army have found documents containing information clearly showing that Sudan was fully supporting Athor’s rebel group.

Athor was killed in Morobo County, Central Equatoria State, hours after a fight between his forces and the SPLA near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Aguer said Athor’s death was a big a “blow” to the various rebellions in South Sudan. Despite attaining independence in July South Sudan has continued to be insecure. Juba regularly accuses Khartoum of backing rebels in South sudan to destabilise the new nation.

North Sudan denies the charge, countering that the SPLA continues to support armed groups in north Sudan that fought with the former rebel movement in Sudan’s second civil war (1983-2005).

Since elections in 2011, which the ruling SPLM dominated, various rebel groups sprung up in areas where the results were hotly disputed. Athor failed to win the governorship of Jonglei state and took up arms claiming that the vote had been rigged.

Smaller rebellions also started in areas of South Sudan. Some rebels have accepted an amnesty offered by South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir, while others have been killed or are under arrest.

Athor’s group have pledged to continue fighting and have accused Uganda of involvement in his death. The SSDM say that Athor had been visiting Uganda but had disappeared before his death was announced. Kampala has denied the claims.

However, the SPLA say that Athor was killed in Morobo County attempting to enter South Sudan from DR Congo.

"He met with a clash with an SPLA patrol unit," Aguer said, adding that one SPLA soldier was killed and another wounded in the fighting.

South Sudan’s Vice President Riek Machar said that the rebel leader was returning to recruit young men to join his rebellion.

In November, the leader of the United Democratic Front (UDF) Peter Abdurrahman Sule, was arrested while trying to start a rebellion in Western Equatoria state. His party has since dismissed Sule and denied knowledge of his actions.

Athor, who was a SPLA general before he rebelled, was considered a large threat to South Sudan’s stability considering his military experience fighting the Sudanese army during the civil war.

Since South Sudan’s independence there have been clashes around the disputed area of Jau on the poorly defined new international border. Aguer, claimed Saturday that Khartoum is preparing to stage attacks on oil producing areas south of the border in Unity State.

“The Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) are as we speak, preparing in Karasana and Heglig to launch other attacks on areas along the borderlines. They are preparing to launch another come back attack on Jau”, Aguer told Sudan Tribune.

The senior military officer accused Khartoum of trying to demarcate borders by force in an attempt to drag the two countries back to war. The SPLA, he said, was capable of defending South Sudan but said it would never return to all out conflict with north Sudan.

He urged soldiers to "remain calm and vigilant against foreign aggression”, he said, adding that the army was in full control of security across the country.

There are plans for the two countries to resume talks on border demarcation, oil and others issues in January.


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  • 27 December 2011 06:12, by Cobra Bior

    Donkey Beashir, talk soft but carry a long stick. we all bleed red. do you think your militias will go back to Khartoum all of them like you used to handed them keys back in 1990s for heaven? welcome to paradise. i bet they will come to South walking with twos but, go back to North, walking with threes.

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    • 27 December 2011 06:53, by Master

      The SPLA, he said, was capable of defending South Sudan’s - NO ITS NOT - Thats why there are over 10000 UN troops, Kiir calling for UN forces and No-fly Zone.

      Phillip Aguer - poor guy made like a fool by reading all these statements. SAF has no intension of taking over any land. It only wants to destroy SPLM-N - If you stand in the way - you too.

      UGANDA Killed Athor and dumped him in S.Sudan.

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  • 27 December 2011 06:12, by mohammed ali

    What is difference, Ator kills civillians " let us accept that" SPLA the national army , also kills civillians even in god house!

    I donnot know how could Ator reach Equatoria? SPLA thugs should respect the brains of their people, even when they are lying. Let it be just a palatable lie!

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    • 27 December 2011 06:51, by George Bol

      Mohamed Ali,

      Let tell the truth my friend. You are from Equatoria in the South Sudan,so please give yourself a break of hurting your feeling for lying always.Why are you pretending to be Jallaba? son of slave!

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      • 27 December 2011 06:57, by mohammed ali

        Bol, so what if am Equtorian! aren’t they human beings?!Who is lying?If Ator could have reached, then must have control most of SS.It is so simple for anyone who has got little brain tissues in his skull!

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    • 27 December 2011 06:52, by Alier42

      Athor had been killed by museveni.it was completely unfair to invite someone and kill him with no good reason .yes his vision remain a live with his followers.you can kill someone but you can never and never kill an idea.i am very much confident that Athor,s men in uniform will carry on with their vision until the tople the goverment of corruptees in the next few days to come.

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      • 27 December 2011 09:36, by Yanga Wani

        Dear Alier 42 years old, after you and Athor’s men topple Kill’s government. Bor will rule! Is that your theme? If so, that is wrong my dear South Sudanese. To hit you with knowledge Kiir and Garang are our good leaders no matter who lead us.

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    • 27 December 2011 07:05, by omoni jr.


      All Darfurians rebel fighters were/are punishable to death by hanging them like chicken,where is your right here??????
      All the SPLA fighters who were captured during the civil war by NIF/SAF/NCP regime were put to death.No single one handed as POW to SPLM-2005.
      Where is human right here???????????????

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      • 27 December 2011 07:28, by mohammed ali

        Omni, that is not true. Some criminals are judge by the court.SPLA members were active in Univercities during the war and nobody touched them.Now, forget this and join Helda Jones to stop the murle genocide, it is eminent.Didn’t the CIA warned of genocide worset than in Rwanda.Let us stop before starting

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        • 27 December 2011 17:01, by SSLA/M Supporter

          Lie, lie, lie lie, SPLA/M is murderer lair militia! so let it look for nonsense excuses for its inhumane crimes against southern rebels! Be prepared for the payback the rebel as general Bapiny of SSLA/M worns!!Also wait for a revenge from Athor’s clan and army combined!Thugs of SPLA/M militia!

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  • 27 December 2011 06:30, by never

    spla giving themselve credit which is not their, only Uganda knows what happend to Athor.

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    • 27 December 2011 06:47, by sober

      Uganda sooner or later will govern S Sudan. Uganda now direct Goss political direction and internal conflicts. If you don’t understand it now, you will understand it later.

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  • 27 December 2011 07:22, by Cobra Bior

    Donkey Beashir, talk soft but carry a long stick. we all bleed red. do you think your militias will go back to Khartoum all of them like you used to handed them keys back in 1990s for heaven? welcome to paradise. i bet they will come to South walking with twos but, go back to North, walking with threes.

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  • 27 December 2011 07:30, by Cobra Bior

    To all Athor’s mourners, you need to shut the fuck up and follow him to hell. no room for mad men up in here. you should have talk to him to respect the amnesty before it went dark on him. please shut the fuck up and joint the games or flight. this is not a job.

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  • 27 December 2011 09:38, by Daniel Buolmawei

    I think there’s no time to waste. All evidences are clear that North Sudan wants a war with South Sudan. Just get your butts up from Juba and drop some bombs into Khartoum while the intelligent community organizes and facilitates SRF from four fronts including the Beja Congress in the East. Sudan must be attacked in the West by Darfurians, attacked in the east by Beja Congress and attacked---

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  • 27 December 2011 09:44, by abdullah

    According to close sources i know in Sudanese Army, he says there is intense activity by SAF and military intelligence in north Sudan to Support rebel groups in south Sudan and try to destabilies the new nation then try to bring in a pro-Islamic regime in South Sudan which will work hand in hand with NCP Islamists to control the region, so SAF is actively with southern rebels for you info. SRF OYE

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    • 27 December 2011 09:57, by Daniel Buolmawei

      Well Abdullah, Khartoum has been undermining the spirit of South Sudanese for long time but they will learn we are becoming very serious human beings. I wish they read Christian Bible, particularly, Isaiah chapter 18. Unless they stop and embrace peace with South Sudanese, they will never defeat this new NATION through supporting anyones or through their attacks. They may miscalculate it.

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  • 27 December 2011 09:44, by Daniel Buolmawei

    in the south by both Blue Nile and Nuba people, while South Sudan wants maintain air attacks to help these fronts advance their forces into Khartoum. SPLA wants to attack SAF positions in Abyei, Jau and other around the border before, Sudanese Revolutionary Forces move, so when SAF tries to bring reinenforcements to the borders that when SRF forcies will advance.

    Maj. General, Daniel, SPLA.

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  • 27 December 2011 09:52, by Deng Door

    Khartoum government must stop planning negative relationship with South Sudan. The facts always forever. South is already gone with it land. Khartoum government should solve border problem (1956) before South Sudan get power or Sudan will lost important land when South Sudan become powerful. The NCP ruling party try to make destruction to Sudan but I’m sure Sudanese people will be sorry.

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  • 27 December 2011 17:01, by pabaak

    The regime in Khartoum keep dancing of our support to SPLM-N without evidence, but we have uncounted number of evidence showing NCP evil intention to us, even idiot called AL - thayier of Parliament quoted as saying that " South Sudan is a biggest threat to North" without elaborate more how is biggest threat to them. what I knew is South Sudan has not yet put its hands on the problems of north

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    • 27 December 2011 17:03, by pabaak

      it does, then they won’t be still dancing, some of them could be hands over to the ICC.

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  • 28 December 2011 17:39, by yaaidit

    The death of Gen.Athor is a very good achievement to SPLA who offered their life for the sack of their people.

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