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Uganda refutes Sudan’s account of ICGLR meeting

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March 5, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The Ugandan government has rejected Sudan’s depiction of the outcome of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) ministerial meeting which took place last week in Burundi during which Khartoum pressed its accusations against Kampala.

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Sudan said that the conference formally agreed to include its complaint against Uganda in the ICGLR report on stability and security.

In a statement sent to Sudan Tribune, the Ugandan embassy in Khartoum said that the summit rejected a request by Sudan to convene an extraordinary emergency in Khartoum "on account of Uganda’s response".

Instead, the meeting "decided to encourage the governments of the Republic of Uganda and the Republic of Sudan to bilaterally resolve the issue of negative forces in their respective countries".

Sudan’s official news agency (SUNA) quoted the foreign ministry’s acting undersecretary, Omer Sideeg, yesterday as saying that Uganda made "several failed attempts" to have Khartoum’s complaints dismissed at the ICGLR.

Sideeg also said that another ICGLR meeting will be held in Angola in July to discuss Uganda’s alleged support to Sudanese rebels.

But the Ugandan embassy described that as "factually incorrect" stressing that the upcoming meeting in Angola will address a number of issues in several member states and is not confined to the tension between Khartoum and Kampala.

The press release also noted that at the initiative of the Ugandan delegation, they held bilateral talks with Sudanese officials in Bujumbura "during which issues of concern were discussed and agreed to enhance bilateral mechanisms and demonstrate equal political will to resolve any issues".

Sudan said that its foreign ministry undersecretary Salah Wansi met with the Ugandan foreign minister as well as with the ICGLR executive secretary Alphonse Ntumba Luaba to show proof of support by Kampala to anti-Khartoum rebels.

Khartoum alleges that Kampala has become a safe harbour for Sudanese rebel leaders who are engaged in battles across the Sudanese army in several states.

A recent report published on US news website McClatchy by Alan Boswell speaks of seeing munitions crates carrying the tag of the Ugandan ministry of defence in the hands of the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) in South Kordofan.

Last January, Sudanese opposition parties and rebel groups signed a charter in Kampala, putting their stated goal to topple the Khartoum government via different political and military means.

This triggered Sudan to lodge three complaints against Uganda with the African Union (AU), Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and ICGLR.

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  • 5 March 2013 12:15, by hamil

    From South Sudan they have crossed several miles into Uganda. When will these fake Arabs ever learn i think they should go back to Asia because Africa is for Africans. Remember the Nile and its source belong to Uganda so behave yourselves and stop your backwardness brought upon you by your MORONIC SHARIA LAWS

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    • 5 March 2013 13:12, by ForAll

      The Nile Agreement
      In May 7, 1929, Egypt and the United Kingdom signed the Nile Agreement for the purpose of sharing the Nile waters. The agreement was in the form of exchange notes between the Egyptian Prime Minister and the United Kingdom High Commissioner in 1925 and 1929, respectively. It also includes the report of the 1925 Nile Commission.

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    • 5 March 2013 19:21, by Badi Malawi

      Haha what a dame state call khartoum ,bravo ugandan govt of rejecting bulshit state of khartoum not to atend GRRL meeting

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    • 5 March 2013 19:22, by Badi Malawi

      Haha what a dame state call khartoum ,bravo ugandan govt of rejecting bulshit state of khartoum not to atend GRRL meeting

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  • 5 March 2013 12:35, by Jojo

    We better stand strong together and decides to create another Nile -from white Nile, calling it ’Green Nile’. This can be created by easily. This Green Nile will be planted with all sorts of trees to make it totally Green. This is to avoid River Nile to flow enough to Khrt and Egypt.

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  • 5 March 2013 13:01, by ForAll

    The Blue Nile drains the Ethiopian highlands carrying on average 59% of the Nile water.
    Unlike the White Nile, its flow fluctuates with seasons.
    It discharges 90% of the Nile water in the months of July-September compared to 20% in the dry other months.

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  • 5 March 2013 13:08, by ForAll

    Upon its independence, Tanzania formally invoked the Nyerere Doctrine. In a formal declaration to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Tanzanian government accepted with stipulations all bilateral treaties, which were signed by UK had signed on her behalf.

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  • 5 March 2013 13:37, by ForAll

    "The High Aswan Dam has been hailed as the cornerstone of Egypt’s economic and social development".
    Those who think that will dry this DAM "Must think before they jump". It is declaration of war with Egypt the strongest country in Africa.
    Sudan will be neutral!!

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    • 6 March 2013 07:31, by hamil

      @ForAll
      Are you saying Egypt owns the Nile like they always claim? How can you own something that flows from another country the Nile flows from Uganda and its God’s blessing to Uganda forget your bullshit agreements with British or Turkish regarding the Nile. Those agreements did not involve God who created the Nile.

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  • 5 March 2013 13:42, by ForAll

    In USA in every field of new TECHNOLOGY among the top 5 will be an Egyptian-American.
    Try to know about Hassan Hilmi and his "Carbon-carbon matrial for Stealth.

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  • 5 March 2013 15:49, by ForAll

    The Egyptian water minister, Mahmoud Abu-Zeid, recently described Kenya’s intention to withdraw from the agreement as an "act of war". Boutros Boutros-Ghali, the former secretary-general of the UN, has predicted that the next war in the region will be over water.

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    • 5 March 2013 18:35, by zulu

      Dude forall,
      Do not be naive kid. 59% of nile water to north sudan and egypt from blue nile, yes. but it is never true that white nile has only 41% of water, otherwise, it would be dry in the summer.
      second, Ruwanda, uganda, congo, ethiopia, ss and tanzania experinced war. they are not scared. war with egypt will not be by air. egypt will never invade any country. it has limited capability

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