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Sudan defense minister blames Juba for failure in reaching security deal

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November 14, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese defense minister Abdel-Rahim Mohamed Hussein blasted South Sudan government claiming that the latter caused the breakdown of the security talks in Juba this month.

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Sudan’s Defence Minister Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein (R) speaks during joint news conference with his South Sudanese counterpart John Kong Nyuon in Khartoum September 18, 2011. (Reuters)

Hussein told the parliament in a classified briefing that the two sides could not agree on the agenda as Khartoum insisted on including an item tackling alleged support by Juba to rebel groups fighting the Sudanese government.

The top military official in Sudan further said that his government asked Juba to furnish names of northern citizens seeking to join the southern army but the request was rejected.

Meetings in Juba chaired by defense ministers of the two countries convened to discuss the establishment of previously agreed demilitarized zone and the ways to end cross border attacks and rebel presence in both sides of border.

Khartoum persistently accuses Juba of backing the Sudan People liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) that is leading an insurgency against the Sudanese government in Blue Nile and South Kordofan states. Juba routinely denies the charges.

However, US and European officials have pressed South Sudan on ending support of SPLM-N fearing that it will poison post-secession talks between Khartoum and Juba.

The SPLM-N rebels had fought alongside the southern insurgents during the north-south civil war but the country’s breakup left them in Sudanese territory.

The Sudanese defense minister said that "combing operations" are underway in South Kordofan and that the army will soon turn the tables in the state. Recently SPLM-N rebels have been able to carry near daily shelling of South Kordofan capital, Kadugli, causing civilian casualties.

The violence in South Kordofan and nearby Blue Nile state, which both border South Sudan, has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes, and aid agencies have warned of a humanitarian crisis in the region as food supplies run low.

Hussein also spoke of a strategic plan to upgrade the army and warned that working in the military is no longer attractive due to lack of funding.

(ST)

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  • 15 November 2012 09:53, by South South

    Anyone who can read between lines of this statement from penguin, the Sudanese defense miniter can easily see what he is after. He wants South Sudan to fight SPLM/N to benefit his poor country. How can he talks about finishing SPLM/N this summer and then at the same time asks South Sudan to disarm SPLM/N. penguins think they are smarter than us.

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    • 15 November 2012 13:59, by Dinkawarrior

      Comrade Koang you deserve that sit for your hard working, go ahead and we will follow you. And let the food-lovers fight against our interests but we will get them one by one!

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  • 15 November 2012 09:57, by Observer

    You know what Minister the blame games are getting a bit boring. You always say it as if our country or you are ever to blame... we the ordinary Sudanese are not believing your statements any more.
    I guess it was some other countries fault that allowed Israel to come and bomb our city as well???
    Its time to settle the difference with S Sudan and stop blaming them for everything- for all our sakes

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  • 15 November 2012 10:53, by Makunon

    So an excuse to test weapons delivered by Iranian ship on South Sudan, it is not anywhere in the World that you publish or print names of yr forces to the enemy, not secure.BIG lie. Kong you’re right if Jalaba claim they don’t get anywhere to cheat. keep on.

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    • 15 November 2012 13:10, by Paul Ongee

      It’s like a movie called "True Lies" by Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former Governor of California State that “his government asked Juba to furnish names of northern citizens seeking to join the southern army but the request was rejected.” If there is no any single South Sudanese wants to join SAF, why do you expect Northern Sudanese to join South Sudan Army?

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      • 15 November 2012 13:11, by Paul Ongee

        If the Sudanese Defense Minister has run out of diplomatic statements to utter in order to blame Juba, he should consult with his psychiatrist. The above statement is a pure propaganda intended to cast blame on Juba for its own failure to resolve their differences with the rebels fighting on its territory.

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        • 15 November 2012 13:12, by Paul Ongee

          Juba’s offer, free of charge, to mediate between Khartoum and the rebels was utterly rejected while it insists on calling for agreement on security arrangements. If Juba is not careful, Khartoum would one day siphon off our oil before it reaches international market, blaming N-S border insecurity. The pension of demobilized Southerners from SAF and other organized forces is not even paid in full.

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          • 15 November 2012 13:31, by Paul Ongee

            Apparently, the alleged ongoing "combing operations" in SK or BN are not working and will never work so long as Khartoum maintains its negative political attitude. This is a political issue which requires political solution not warmongering.

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  • 15 November 2012 16:39, by Matol

    Folks, this is what they were thinking. They thinks, with the pressure from the U.S Administration and the European Union plus the resumption of oil, we will be able to fight SPLM-N. Nice try devil government.

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  • 15 November 2012 17:36, by Northern Sudanese

    I have seen his speech in Arabic, the biggest lie is ’’working in the military is no longer attractive due to lack of funding’’ he didn’t say anything like that in his speech, thats made up by ST and south sudanese insects!

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    • 15 November 2012 19:31, by Observer

      N Sudanese,
      Every internet site such as this one needs someone like you to make everyone laugh with his comments.
      You are it on here.
      And now we all know what most of us thought before - that you work for the Government as their mouthpiece.
      By the way some commenters actually heard the speech and that is what the Minister said in Arabic

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    Sudan government become weak and have no destination their ideas, they need to test their weapon on us that was brought by Iran, its very simple let them remember what happen in Hileg.not to be forgettable.

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    Sudan government has got shallow mind he din’t think of brighter future of sudanese yang generation becouse their president has got no kids.

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