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Uganda would intervene in Juba-Khartoum war

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April 20, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan welcomed the announcement made by the chief of Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF), Aronda Nyakairima, on Friday that his military will intervene if the fighting between Juba and Khartoum escalates into a full-scale war.

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This announcement comes on the same day as Juba announced it will complete withdrawal of its troops from the conflict zone of Heglig within three days.. Sudan says that it was not a withdrawal but that they managed to kick out South Sudan’s forces.

“I think you know that Uganda is our next door neighbour and has a right to express her concern if the current aggression by Sudan continues to the extent that it becomes a regional issue”, minister of information and media, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, said on Friday.

“A Kenya[n] national was killed in recent indiscriminate aerial bombardment on civilian settlements in Bentiu. He was among those who were killed because the bomb did not segregate. This makes it a regional concern because it is not targeting military positions”, explained Marial.

Atem Garang, the chief of South Sudan’s National Legislative Assembly, said in an interview with Sudan Tribune that Uganda has a right to show concern about the conflict as South Sudan is home to many Ugandans and as a member of the Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Uganda helped to facilitate the now precarious peace agreement which ended Sudan’s civil war in 2005.

Nyakairima said intelligence suggests that Khartoum was “again making contacts” with the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) militia, whom he said, have moved towards Sudan carrying 200 small arms.

The LRA has been a regional scourge since the 1980s. Originally a north Ugandan rebellion, it has now morphed into an quasi-religious militia carrying out indiscriminate killings, abductions and rape.

The US sent troops to Uganda in October 2011 to assist in the capture of LRA head, Joseph Kony; also the subject of an international advocacy campaign – Kony 2012.

There have previously been allegations that Khartoum has used the LRA as a proxy force.

Nyakairima presented a paper in Kampala, analysing the role of African militaries in regional stability to a group of military generals and other security experts from Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia. He suggested that the militaries of Great Lakes nations are being mobilised in preparation for all-out conflict between Juba and Khartoum.

There are security reports saying the LRA, who were previously hiding in the forests of Obo, Central African Republic, have moved to the north of the country near the Sudanese border, sparking fears that the Ugandan rebels could be returning to the conflict.

South Sudan is Uganda’s biggest export trading partner and if the conflict escalates, the country is likely to lose billions of dollars and have to accommodate thousands of refugees.

Nyakairima called for an urgent IGAD meeting to discuss the fighting that is taking place along the shared border around the oil town of Heglig, which South Sudanese troops captured last week.

The two-day security meeting was organised by Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE) and International Development Association (IDA).

At the meeting UPDF spokesperson Felix Kulayigye, said: “I don’t want to speculate but as a member of IGAD, we shall not sit and watch the Comprehensive Peace Agreement being reversed.”

(ST)

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  • 21 April 2012 10:38, by Land-of-Cush

    Welcome Ugandian army, we already heard your vioce.

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    • 21 April 2012 13:42, by Loko El Pollo

      WE DON’T NEED UGANDA SOLDIERS TO HELP US.OUR ARMY AND CIVILLIANS ARE CAPABLE TO WARD-OFF KHARTOUM MONEY SOLDIERS.THEY START CRYING EVEN BEFORE THEY REACH THE BATTLE FIELDS.ONLY ONE PLATOON CAN DISPERSE A BATTALION FROM SAF LEAVING VERY EXPENSIVES MILITARY HARDWARES TO THE ENEMIES.WHAT A SHAME TO HAVE BUNCH OF COWARDS ON PAYROL TO MOOCH ON GOVERNMENT’S FOOD AND MONEY FOR NOTHING.

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      • 21 April 2012 21:39, by panom lualbil

        Whoever interfered with any assistance offer by neighboring country is just a dead body. Because although they dont necessarily join us in frontline but with strong relationship, there will be nowhere for our foes to hide. For example, we have so many rebels from us now because their bastion is khartoum. Same thing would happen to khartoumin in case.

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  • 21 April 2012 11:13, by morogot batal

    Mr.presidend yuweri kaguta musevini.you deserve to be the president of the united state of africa (USA)your africanism is denonstrated all over the world.not like other fucken african countries that are supporting terrorist murderer of khartoum.any way sorry lossing your brother DR.Garang but dont worry.we are behind you 100000000000%

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    • 21 April 2012 16:31, by NileWill

      Yeah u r 1000000 light years behind him, go understand politics n read history Mr. Dreamer to understand what Uganda plans for South Sudan!

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      • 21 April 2012 19:33, by Born-to-Rule

        NileWill,

        What your point?. Please explain.

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  • 21 April 2012 11:18, by morogot batal

    my suggestion is.if the government of south sudan and uganda can agree to desolve the boundary and we stay one citizens as our cases in africa is seem to be similar.thanks

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  • 21 April 2012 11:56, by SUPERMAN

    It’s better for Uganda to keep silent because everyone knows about the weakness and of Ugandan soldiers who become like rats when facing small militia like LRA. If you Southerners wait 4 Uganda’s support u will be defeated more and more. Uganda succeeds only in committing hidden crimes (killing of Garang and Athor) , but 4 open battles they will fail definitely.

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    • 21 April 2012 13:11, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

      Superman

      UPDF of today is not like that of 80/90s.come to Kampala or Entebbe and see by urself how they’v equip their military.jets,helicopters,antinovs and all other warmachines.They are now US-TRAINED army not like those old days.Kenya,Uganda and Ethiopia has level-level infantry with South Army however,our need from them is just airdefend equipment which we’v alrdy got.Arabs are backin u?

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      • 22 April 2012 15:14, by henok

        Dinka Aliap Chawul
        Come on dude, SS Army cannot be at level-level with with at least that of Ethiopia’s. As a young country, yours has a long way to go.

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    • 21 April 2012 22:35, by panom lualbil

      SUPERMAN but piece of shits for what you said here. ATHOR was killed and announced by SPLA [VP] as their enemy. But GARANG was died in helicopter crush with unknown details till today. You dont have to remind ppl of such if you do have common senses.

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  • 21 April 2012 12:07, by mohammed ali

    You are most welcome Musevini, we are waiting for that day. The first thing we will do is to punish you for assasinating Garang! You are & was interveining in SS and you have tasted our whip!Just try, and you will teached a lesson bitter than in Congo when you were punished by Angola!

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    • 21 April 2012 16:44, by NileWill

      M Ali, Do u suggest that these people don’t know who killed Dr. Garang till date? Oh, so bad!
      Simply, Uganda wants to take south Sudan n they will one day if "clever" Kiir remains in power for long.. This man is incapable of building a nation, he will simply take them from one war to another.

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      • 21 April 2012 20:07, by Born-to-Rule

        NileWill,

        Your comment make no senses, what are you trying to say?. You and your likes are bunch of buffoons. Make up your mind, either you’re with Khartoum or with South Sudan.

        As for you and Ali, President Kiir is brilliant he showed the world he’s capable of entering Khartoum and day and time if he want to. Your leader Bashir is the world’s most wanted criminal and he will hang soon or later.

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    • 21 April 2012 16:56, by zulu

      MOHAMED.
      FULL OF NOISE, YOU HAVE NOT RETAKEN PANTHOU YET, AND YOU ARE HERE TELLING YOU WILL PUNISH UGANDA. YOU PUT OLD PICTURES ON YOUR TV AND EL JEZEERA, BUT BBC, AIAN NEWS, RUSSIAN NEWS INCLUDING NY TIMES SAY THE OPPOSITE BASED ON REALITY.
      WE KNOW YOU WILL MAKE A MISTAKE AGAIN SOON. YOU SPLA WILL MAKE YOU SILENT ONCE MORE FOR A LONG TIME

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  • 21 April 2012 13:06, by Thiang Geka

    Uganda intervention should not be political again, for there are pending questions about Garang’s death.

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    • 21 April 2012 15:09, by Dinkawarrior

      The foreign minister Nhial Deng and the bitch who is representing us in general assembly of UN must resign their positions immediately. We never heard anything from those guys, they faill us seriouly. Mr. Kiir also fail to address the nation for the current situation on the ground? Medias shouldn’t only be used as the sources providers but as a tailback through leadership’ideas!

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  • 21 April 2012 18:08, by Northern Sudanese

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA Uganda HAHAHAHAHHAHA Uganda HAHAHAHAHA Uganda HAHAHAHAHAHA Uganda HAHAHAHAHHA Uganda HAHAHAHAHA Uganda HAHAHAHHAH

    IT IS EVEN POORER THAN SOUTH SUDAN HAHAHAHHAA......CANT YOU SOUTH SUDANESE ASK SOMEONE ELSE FOR HELP? UGANDA IS EVEN WEAKER THAN YOUR OWN ARMY HAHAHAHAHAHA FOR DECADES UGANDA CAN’T even CATCH KONY HAHAHAHA, KONY HAS ONLY 500 MEN. Uganda AHAHAHA ere u kidin me??? hahaha

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  • 21 April 2012 18:20, by E. Defense Forces

    Kiir and the entire government of RSS must step down.

    Obama calls for end to fighting between Khartoum and Juba
    http://www.southsudanhub.com/media/444/Obama_calls_for_end_to_fighting_between_Khartoum_and_Juba/
    Recovery of the Sudanese army to Heglig
    http://www.southsudanhub.com/media/439/Recovery_of_the_Sudanese_army_to_Heglig/
    Al-Bashir to prevent the passage http://www.southsudanhub.com/media/4

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  • 21 April 2012 20:42, by James Maker Akok

    Wait North Sudan, North Sudan will be like Palestine and South Sudan will be like Israel when South Sudan got power Weapons, and Warplanes as South Sudan is planning now to get power Weapons and Warplanes.

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    • 21 April 2012 21:55, by Northern Sudanese

      James Maker Akok

      stop commenting man, you sound retarded already.......

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      • 22 April 2012 05:41, by Hitler

        What manhood do you represent northern sudanese. come, we are in pantheu: fucked and urninated of the dead corps of jalaba to send them to heaven you claim. I do not give a shit man! I am withdrawing under orders and if you are in town me there tomorrow: quick fuck before my last day of withdrawal.

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  • 22 April 2012 02:11, by E. Defense Forces

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