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Sudan and Uganda to resume talks over strained relations

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October 10, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — Sudan and Uganda agreed to reactivate a joint committee between the two countries to discuss contentious issues and improve strained relations, a Sudanese official said .

Salah El-Din Wansi, state ministery for foreign affairs told the official news agency SUNA on Monday evening following his return from Kampala that the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, directed to reactivate a joint committee to tackle ways to improve bilateral relations and to ease tensions.

Kampala accuses Sudan of supporting the rebel Lord Resistance Army (LRA) which operates in South Sudan’s Western Equatoria and neighbouring countries of Congo and Central African Republic. Last May Museveni said they have intelligence that LRA rebels were planning a major offensive and warned Sudan over reports saying they received weapons from Sudan.

To put pressure on Khartoum to stop its alleged support to the LRA rebels, Uganda since more than a year opened its territory for various Sudanese rebel groups who are now based in Kampala.

The two countries held different meetings in the past but they failed to settle the issues of rebel groups as Kampala insisted that Sudan should help to arrest Joseph Kony. But Khartoum kept saying they have no contact with the notorious rebel leader.

Wansi said upon his arrival to Khartoum airport after his return from Kampala that President Yoweri Museveni instructed to activate the joint political committee between Sudan and Uganda to settle the contentious issues and ameliorate the bilateral ties.

The state minister for foreign affairs was in Kamapla with the vice-president Al-Haj Adam Youssef who led Sudan’s delegation for the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region held on 7 and 8 October, the delegation also represented Sudan in the celebration of 50th Uganda’s independence day.

He added that Al-Haj met Museveni and discussed with him issues of mutual concern and bilateral relations. The Sudanese state minister further said the Ugandan President welcomed the cooperation agreements inked last September between Sudan and South Sudan.

Wansi described the meeting as "successful" stressing it touched on many topics of interest to the two countries.

Sudan had admitted in the past using the LRA rebels to fight the insurgency in southern Sudan before the signing of a peace agreement in January 2005 with the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) which was supported by the Ugandan government.

The SPLM are now the governing party of South Sudan, which seceded from Sudan in July last year.

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  • 11 October 2012 15:25, by Wan Dhokyol

    Sudan should apprehend Kony and handed him over to Uganda authority to face criminal charges he committed against humanity both in South Sudan, DRC, CAR and Uganda if they need to restore diplomatic relation with Uganda.

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    • 11 October 2012 16:34, by Northern Sudanese

      Wan Dhokyol
      and what about all those rebels stationed in uganda? we don’t need relations with fucking uganda anyway!

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      • 11 October 2012 17:56, by South South

        Northern Sudanese,
        Uganda does not give any dim to Sudan relationship, you know that. People who fuck themselves 5 times a day can not throw words like the way you are doing it. You owe my an answer to my question which is: Tell me what is GATHA JAMAR in Islam ? And what happens when you do it as a Muslim ? Iam waiting for an answer.

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      • 11 October 2012 21:37, by Observer

        N Sudanese,
        If we don;t need relations with Uganda ( in your humble opinion) why do you think our Govt sent officials to Kampala to discuss mending the relationship.
        Maybe the Govt just knows more than you do???

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        • 12 October 2012 01:55, by mohamed mahgoub

          Ob. Yea his govnt knows more ,what they trying to tell Uganda: u stop support SRF we stop doing so with LRA,but they foteget By doing so the world will go after them coz LRA is A terror group like hamas & alshabab ,it a naive move but not surprised from such a govnt,however uganada like China will back away coz their interst in SS is more than in S

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  • 11 October 2012 23:13, by E. Defense Forces

    I know this is not the topic but watch this Sudanese guy gang-raped and tortured with fire by Sudanese security.
    http://www.southsudanhub.com/media/2033/Sudanese_security_-_gang-raped_and_tortured_with_fire/

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