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January 3, 2013 (WAU) - South Sudan on Thursday denied reports that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Juba secretly summoned Sudanese Ambassador Mutrif Sideeg over recent border clashes.

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The ministry had reportedly summoned the Sudanese ambassador on Wednesday but since he was not in the office at the time left him a written complaint about the alleged ground and air attacks. Although no official figures have been given, anonymous military sources in Western Bahr el Ghazal State have told Sudan Tribune that at least 32 people died in the most recent attack on Wednesday 2 January.

South Sudan’s foreign minister Nhial Deng Nhial “was looking for the Sudanese ambassador, Dr.Mutrif Sideeg to find out from him why his country continues to launch ground and air attacks in areas which are deeply inside the territory of the republic of South Sudan", a senior diplomat at the ministry of foreign affairs and International Cooperation who did not want to be named told Sudan Tribune.

"This is a clear violation of our national sovereignty which also [goes] against international law”, the foreign ministry source said.

However, the ministry’s undersecretary, Charles Mangang on Thursday said he has “no information” on summoning Khartoum’s envoy.

“I am not aware of this. I do not know anything about it," Manyang told Sudan Tribune on Thursday without giving additional comments on the matter.

The remarks comes a week after the spokesperson of South Sudan Civil Society Alliance, Ateny Wek Ateny called on the government to summon Sudanese ambassador for attacks Juba alleges occurred on 26 and 29 December on Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Western Bahr el Ghazal, respectively.

“Our government must summon the Sudan ambassador to explain why his country has been violating South Sudan territorial integrity, or withdraw its ambassador to Khartoum. Our mission should be reduced to mere Charge de Affairs, and only 2 [of the] staff should remains in Khartoum – pending the decision to sever diplomacy in case of total war”, Ateny said in an opinion piece published The Citizen newspaper.

The activist warned that what has been going on around the frontiers of the two countries will betray the two countries’ resolve to fight a ‘clandestine war’.

"The whispering war if the two countries would like to call it may be on the verge of going out of control" he wrote, referring to the 26 December clash in Kiir Adem area, where the Sudanese Armed Forces allegedly carried out ground and air attack.

The activist claimed that Sudanese troops mounted on vehicles, infantry and cavalries, assisted by militias, armed tribesmen launched a deadly attacks on SPLA’s positions at Kiir Adem in Northern Bahr el Gazal state.

Kiir Adem is in the Mile 14 area, which, according to an agreement in September was supposed to form part of a demilitarised buffer zone between the two countries, who have failed to demarcate or resolve the status of the borders many contested areas.

Ateny said the 26 December attack was an attempt by Khartoum to capture southern territories before any potential political deal could be reached at a meeting with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in Addis Ababa on Friday, President Kiir said the attacks were aimed to improve Sudan’s position at the negotiating table.

He charged that the intention of the National Congress Party is to “capture” the whole of ‘Mile 14’ which is now, according to the Cooperation Agreement, stretched to cover Twic County, Warrap State in the East and Kafi-Kangi in Raja County, Western Bahr Gazal State in the West.

The Whitely-Mounro Agreement in 1924 had wanted to give the Bagara (Riziegat) access to graze at around ‘14 Miles’ South of River Kiir which lies entirely in the area of Dinka Malual. But September Cooperation Agreement extends the ‘Mile 14’ to cover Abiem, and Twic from the East, to Palueipiny and Raja in the west as a gesture of goodwill.

“It seemed such agreement had sought to barter oil with acceptance in principles that ‘we owe Khartoum some piece of land’. Unfortunately, Khartoum still wants more".

"The emergence of a precondition from Khartoum which requires South Sudan to disarm the SPLM/A North indicates that Sudan is taking South Sudan for granted. It was not easy for any responsible government of any country in the world to have avowed into accepting in principles that it owes another country some piece of land, even by joke without such jokes turning real in the eyes of the international community. That is why Khartoum is now trying to find what is behind accepting such condition. Was it from point of weakness? I guess yes”, he explained.

Presidents Omer Hassan Al-Bashir and Salva Kiir will meet in the Ethiopian capital on Friday to discuss the issue of rebel groups which hampers the implementation of the buffer zone and also tackle the referendum of Abyei and the ownership of disputed areas on the common border.

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  • 4 January 2013 11:01, by EES Kingmaker

    The Sudanese Ambassador deserves to South Sudan’s summon. What is the Foreign Affairs Ministry waiting for? Mutrif Sadig is a known terrorist, not a diplomat. Accepting him as an ambassador is the first mistake from Juba.

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    • 4 January 2013 11:07, by Ayom Ayom

      Our government should cuff off diplomatic tie with khartoum and, the ambassoder to South Sudan is a very big spy, he alway complaint when seeing any darufarian or Nubian people walking on street in Juba that SPLA North rebel and darfur rebels are every where in Juba. He belief any Nubian or Darfurian who ran away for his/her life come to Juba is a rebel.

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    • 4 January 2013 13:27, by Tutbol

      We all know Pres. Kiir likes everyone of us loves his country to death, but his advisors like uncle Bona Malwal, are just bunch of leeches who can even easily revert to their arabs’ holes should their S Sudanese money supply runout. I am not demeaning Gokrial community here, my own humbleself, have my own first cousin Gokrial’s sons & daughters. But national things are always national things.

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  • 4 January 2013 11:06, by Akook

    God save South Sudan from the rubles of a daily weakening Kiir’s Gogrial government. This Gov is not Bhar el Ghazal’s as Gogrial people would want the whole country to beieve, Its just Gogrial minority cliques gov (Point of Order every1..)

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    • 4 January 2013 11:12, by Ayom Ayom

      Hi Akook,
      Speak like a man, avoid your concept of childish ideology. What do you mean by stating weakening Kiir’s Gogrial government? don’t put your self in trouble like Isaiah Abraham. We know you.

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      • 4 January 2013 11:18, by Akook

        Ayom Ayom, your days are numbered brother, you with your stupid uncle Kiir are terribly wrong as you always do in national affairs, threatening pple esp as Dinkas is the surest way to your quick demise...

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        • 4 January 2013 11:23, by Akook

          Your good for nothing sloganning of Bhar El Ghazalism will not work again this time around as Kiir once wrongly used it as a means opposed Garang. He would have been removed, and S. Sudan could inherit a reasonable leader, not a disastrous Kiir.

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          • 4 January 2013 11:28, by Akook

            Now with the ultimate departure of Bor Community in your uncle gov, so now are Agaar Community of Rumbek, Lakes state. We remain to see now, where are your strength or any further cheating of Bhar el Ghazal majority politicking

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            • 4 January 2013 12:56, by Badi Malawi

              Akook,(anus)
              how fool u r son of bitch avoid this language of nyagateen that u always raid cattle ,dont insult bar el ghazal plis otherwise u will be like isaiah becoz we know ur fuck residential where u r living ,if u cant stop this abuse u will die any time any day

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          • 4 January 2013 12:50, by Ayom Ayom

            Hi Akook,
            Thanks for your response, don’t worry, go ahead with your behavior style, we are in a democratic nation. No fear and no doubt.

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        • 4 January 2013 12:59, by Ayom Ayom

          Hi Akook,before you post your comments, you should always read these rules.
          - No inciting violence
          - No inappropriate or offensive language
          - No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
          - No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
          - No deviation from the topic of the article
          - No advertising, spamming or links
          - No incomprehensible comments
          Akook’s comments are not healthy!!!!!!!!!!

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          • 5 January 2013 02:17, by never

            Ayom, what the fuck are u talking about, what rule? u talking about akook being like chan in ur first comment, guess what, i hope u are one of those suspected criminals who are arrested for the death of abraham. if there is no a single gongriel been arrested for the death of chan, then pple from Bor are not going to buy it. kir will be among the criminals too.

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          • 5 January 2013 02:17, by never

            Ayom, what the fuck are u talking about, what rule? u talking about akook being like chan in ur first comment, guess what, i hope u are one of those suspected criminals who are arrested for the death of abraham. if there is no a single gongriel been arrested for the death of chan, then pple from Bor are not going to buy it. kir will be among the criminals too.

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    • 4 January 2013 12:23, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      No any development in this floolish new Nation,where the majority youths came the premitives tribes,full of hadred no love among themsleves to hell with those tribals writing.
      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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    • 4 January 2013 12:28, by Badi Malawi

      Akook,
      dont put yourself in trouble by pointing finger to people otherwise u lost ur life simply

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  • 4 January 2013 12:42, by Badi Malawi

    Why are we having such diplomatic relation with such satanic state like khartoum? If we cut off their embassy what will happen ? Nothing will happen, otherwise it be like south and north korea conflict

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  • 4 January 2013 14:04, by James Maker Akok

    Hello people,
    Your comments are out from Southerns Sudanese people values, you should be talking against tribes, and killing each others.

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    • 4 January 2013 14:47, by EES Kingmaker

      Murtif Sideeq is a known terrorist ever in NCP echelon. His acceptance by Juba is a serious mistake I have known after Independence Declaration. South Sudan-Sudan relations will remain bumpiest, unless this crooked ambassador is changed and new brought in.

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    • 4 January 2013 16:07, by James Maker Akok

      I mean, you should not talking of tribes, and killing each others

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