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Sudan confirms troops deployment in South Kordofan

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December 6, 2008 (KHARTOUM) — Sudanese government confirmed today the military build-up in South Kordofan state saying it had informed the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) about the aim of the move.

The official News agency SUNA said today that the government had sent strong assurances to the SPLA troops in Jawa area, South Kordofan State that the deployment of the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) troops means to deter "feverish attempts" by the rebel Justice and Equality Movement to attack the region.

Yesterday a Sudan People’s Liberation spokesperson, Yein Matthew, told the reporters that SAF had deployed more than six battalions in the past three weeks in southern Kordofan adding that such a move constitutes a violation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.
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Matthew also underscored that such military operation could be carried by the Joint Integrated Units from the SAF and SPLA, which are supposed to be the nucleus of the future Sudanese national army if the result of the 2011 referendum is for the unity f the country.

However, The Sub-Commission on the enforcement of security arrangements in Jawa, south Kordofan reaffirmed d that these statements are destined to develop adversarial climate and cause a rift between the SAF and SPLA, the agency reported.

Under the 2005 peace deal, the Sudan Armed forces were to reduced to pre-war level in southern Kordofan which is one of the three transitional areas.

Sudanese president declared last month unilateral ceasefire in Darfur, but the army accused the rebel movements of trying to exploit the truce to undertake military operations. Khartoum says rebel JEM plans attack in Darfur and southern Kordofan to strengthen its position in possible peace negotiations.

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  • 8 December 2008 15:46, by Majoor Atem Deng

    The Sudan Armed Forces build-up in South Kordofan is the last step of many steps that the Khartoum have been taking since the so called Security Arrangements Implementations in South Kordofan with a clear absence of the SPLA. Where is the line of 01/01/1956 that the SAF asking the SPLA forces to withdrow to given the border demarkation has not yet been done. why the SPLA always give up in strategic positions to the SAF. We have to remember the Abeyi conflict erution and it’s consequencies, the resolution of Eastern Sudan conflict in which the SAF observed the forces and the same thing is going on in Darfur and know in South Kordofan. My question is on what strategic objectives that the SPLA allows the SAF to take all the revolutionary fighters while the JIU is there. The CPA made it clear that the future army of the Sudan will be the JIU.

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  • 8 December 2008 17:20, by Majoor Atem Deng

    The Sudan Armed Forces build-up in South Kordofan is the last step of many steps that the Khartoum have been taking since the so called Security Arrangements Implementations in South Kordofan with a clear absence of the SPLA. Where is the line of 01/01/1956 that the SAF asking the SPLA forces to withdrow to given the border demarkation has not yet been done. why the SPLA always gives up its strategic positions to the SAF. We have to remember the Abeyi conflict eruption and its consequencies, the resolution of the Eastern Sudan conflict in which the SAF obsorbed the forces of eastern front. The same thing is going on now in Darfur and South Kordofan. My question is on what strategic objectives that the SPLA allows the SAF to take all the revolutionary fighters while the JIU is there. The CPA made it clear that the future army of the Sudan will be the JIU, and the forces of the SPLA in South Kordofan and South Blue Nile will remain integrated in the JIU until the end of the intrim period.Therefore obsorption of the freedom fighters in to the National Police and the Sudan Armed Forces is a violation of the CPA,a strategic move of distructation of the SPLA. I hope our leaders in the SPLA/SPLM wake up before is too late

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