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April 1, 2013 (JUBA) - South Sudan on Monday accused neighbouring Sudan of "deliberately" launching a new ground attack on its border state of Northern Bahr el Ghazal, underlying the level of suspicion with which the two countries still view each other, despite a recent thawing of relations.

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South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir wave to the crowd during the Independence Day ceremony (Reuters)

Local authorities and security sources said in series of interviews with Sudan Tribune on Sunday that the attack took place in Kiir Adem, an area that falls within the Safe Demilitarised Border Zone (SDBZ) which the two sides agreed to establish under African Union mediation in September last year, but only implemented recently.

One policeman was killed and seven others reportedly wounded during the attack.

The spokesperson of South Sudan’s army (SPLA), Phillip Aguer, said the attack was "quickly repulsed by the police".

He expressed confidence in the South Sudan’s police forces, which have remained in the area despite the military’s withdrawal, but added that the SPLA will intervene if the police feel the situation goes beyond their control.

“The SPLA is closely monitoring this situation and will respond appropriately when police feel they can no longer handle it. At the moment we call on the UN peacekeeping forces, especially the United Nations Interim Force for Abyei (UNISFA), which are supposed to take charge in monitoring armed activities in these areas to take up their job more seriously," Aguer said.

They should ensure these areas are free from military activities, he added.

Under the bilateral Cooperation Agreement, UNISFA is expected to expand its operations from the disputed oil-producing region of Abyei to the whole of the north-south border along with military officials from both North and South Sudan.

James Monday, the spokesperson of South Sudan Police, also confirmed the attack, but said the situation was brought “under control” and that the police are ready to protect the lives and properties of the population in the area.

The commissioner for Aweil North County, Kuol Athuai Hal, said the attack was jointly organised by the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF), armed Arab nomads and paramilitary forces.

“This attack did not come as a surprise to us and the people of the area. We knew it would happen especially after they were defeated on 26 of March when they launched a similar attack. We also do not think that this attack will be the last," Hal told Sudan Tribune by phone Sunday.

He anticipates attacks could occur, given what he describes as a political scheme by the Sudan government "designed to execute in order to claim territory control and eventual annexation into territory”.

Mel Wal Achien, an area representative in the country’s national legislative assembly strongly condemned the “barbaric and hawkish style behaviour” deployed by the Khartoum regime on the young nation.

“This hawkish mentality, the practice of hit and run shows clearly the behaviour of the government of Sudan. This is the government which believes in violence. It does not value peace," he said in a separate interview Sunday.

The lawmaker urged the international community to hold Sudan responsible for the lost lives, despite the signing of the implementation matrix and the subsequent pulling out of the SPLA forces from the border area.

The attack, he further said, was a plot to deter the civilian population from concentrating on agricultural activities in the area during rainy season.

Sudan and South Sudan, early this month, agreed on the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of forces to their side within two weeks, to allow for establishment of a safe demilitarized border zone.

The two neighbours, in the presence of the African Union mediators, also committed themselves to the deployment of the Joint Border Verification and Monitoring Mechanism (JBVMM) and the activation of all security related mechanisms, effective from 10 March.

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  • 2 April 2013 07:44, by omoni jr.

    Are we Not a shame of complaining always ???????????
    Just attack them too.

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    • 2 April 2013 18:56, by Johndumo14

      South Sudan`s president Salva Kiir treats Sudan`s president Omar Albashir as his superior conqueror or Slave master.
      It is true the problem of Abyei,DINKA are to blame,they wecomed those arabs to their land and inter mariage with the Normads Arabs the misseriya arabs.If any one go Abyei ,you will find some light skin dinkas,pretends to be arabs ,not africans,in south sudan Dinkaman is a problem.

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  • 2 April 2013 07:44, by Jalaby

    This is bullshit and another silly and cheap plotting and conspiracy from Dinka Ngok people inside the government and other SPLA/M generals who are opposing this recent agreement with Sudan and trying their best to destroy it and fail it.
    Tell me one logical reason that causes Sudan to attack the south and damage this agreement!! what Sudan can benefit from that while

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    • 2 April 2013 07:50, by Jalaby

      this agreement fulfills all Sudan needs and complies to all Sudan conditions, more over, Sudan agreed to conduct a direct peace negotiation with SPLA-N to reach a peace agreement with them, and some news coming from Khartoum saying that Khartoum doesn’t mind to make Nafie-Aggar framework agreement as the base for the coming negotiation with SPLA-N which is really

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      • 2 April 2013 07:59, by Jalaby

        great courageous step forward and Khartoum is welling to correct its mistake that it did by rejecting that agreement and I always criticize Khartoum for that and I asked Bashir to be a brave president and correct his mistake and revives that agreement!
        The observers from AU arrived S Kordofan yesterday and will observe the border to detect any breach by any side.

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        • 2 April 2013 08:08, by Dumodit

          Bashir desire was met.
          The weak president of South Sudan has heard but no idea to respond back.
          What Bashir said last year of "Reunited Sudan" is the fact behind. He still acts under bashir as his 1st Vice President.

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        • 2 April 2013 08:28, by Jalaby

          The enemy of peace and war traders in the south are still alive, Mr. Kiir was able to sign this recent agreement with Khartoum only after he sacked out the higher commanders in SPLA who were opposing any close and normal relationship with Khartoum because they’re war traders and can’t make money if the war is over!

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        • 2 April 2013 08:37, by Jalaby

          I think Mr. Kiir is required to sack out more war traders from SPLA/M and minimizes Dinka Ngok power grips in the government and removes them from any critical and decision-making positions otherwise Mr. Kiir himself will be in a great risk and those guys are strong enough to overthrow him from power no doubt!

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          • 2 April 2013 08:45, by Jalaby

            To prove that my argument is correct just few days ago those war traders said "if Sudan continues to attack our border then we will go back to the border and deploy our troop there", they didn’t even complain to AU committee and don’t want to wait just few days till AU observers deploy their troop at the border,they’re not willing

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            • 2 April 2013 08:56, by Jalaby

              to have any neutral third party to judge on their claim and prove them as liars and war traders!
              The real train of peace between North-South has started and nothing is going to stop it again, yesterday I saw many southern delegations in Khartoum discussing with their counterparts the technical,logical and required business processes for resuming the real cooperation.

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            • 2 April 2013 09:03, by cbuongdit cholkua

              Jalaby, that’s what I hate from you, you just sitback and let that bottle of Wine do the talk for you. How a fake believer are you? and don’t tell me that you don’t drink, I can smell it from here. Any way, that agreement signed was not Quran nor Holy Bible.SPLA can go back to their respectives border any time if your fake govt acts the fool.

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              • 2 April 2013 09:25, by Jalaby

                cbuongdit cholkua,
                Frankly speaking, I’m not sure why ladies prefer wine more than beer, some people say because wine is more elegant and more romantic and they like to sip it!! Guys like beer because it’s not fruity or lame!!
                Have you ever tried Vodka? are you Alcoholic expert? may be we can talk later about it my friend!!!

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      • 2 April 2013 08:04, by Chol A.

        Jalaby, SPLA-N has boiled your asses indeed so it good you accept negotiation. please your uncle’s game is now closely to an end

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    • 2 April 2013 08:27, by Nyachebe

      Shame on Salva Kiir,
      While signing fake deal with Khartoum to loot more oil, he doesn’t care for many lives getting lost on daily basis by Khartoum. Kiir wickedly failed to govern for the last 8 years yet wanted to keep ruling. This is exactly what columnist Paul Ahgah talked about Jieng’s people characters that they never evaluate themselves.

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      • 2 April 2013 09:54, by Turism

        Nyacebe, where do you come from to failed to understand the process of signing agreements? the signing of this deal is not done local here but international community are the one forcing such agreement, so not kiir’s decision. pliz if you don’t know that, take it today as advantage. in the other hand Jiengs people do evaluate themselves this man might have been drive by something else.

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      • 3 April 2013 09:01, by Lord martin the great

        Nyacebe.I think you belong to those whom dogs are better, you will bark for 100 years like that without incentives.

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    • 2 April 2013 21:44, by Zionist

      Jalaby
      You’re worst than the next door prostitute with that big mouth you got. I believe that you get paid for doing dirty job with your big mouth against Dinka Ngok, otherwise, why would you delibrately involve them here when the topic is about the attack at Kiir Adem? Don’t wake up the sleeping giant Jalaba boy.

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  • 2 April 2013 07:59, by Dumodit

    That was our objection against two Sudans ideas of demilitarized or withdrawn SPLA force Kiir River side.
    Who will be blame of those peoples’ death?
    Where is UN Force of intervention?
    Nobody respond on such attach, that was UN/AU pleasure.
    They wants feel reluctant like ways they treat Dar fur with Jenjiwaate Militias. AU always seem applied compromise on SAF.

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  • 2 April 2013 08:05, by master

    let us suppose this claim is right
    how someone defeated reattacking you again
    idiots even they don’t know how to lying

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    • 2 April 2013 09:46, by Turism

      Master, we are tired of you guy, this time no patience that south sudan can favor you idoits, only one step remain to attack sudan. please wait the results the are coming soon.

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    • 2 April 2013 17:00, by panchol

      Master.
      Your SAF is very weak though always carrying some ground attacks along our border. Police is there to protect civilians of South Sudan and Sudan too.But but but but but but but but but, Your SAF must change that kind of making themselves hawk’s mentality otherwise SPLA gallant forces will respond to atrocities. Mind you! you are gay! give your black ass to one of the NCP official today u

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      • 2 April 2013 19:55, by Oppressor

        Pan choool : SAF never & will never be like what you said:
        COZ We Sudanese believe that " Truthfulness is one of the pillars on which the moral survival of the world depends" but FAKE WORTHLESS SPLAM/N & SALAVAGE KIRR DOESN’T HAVE.

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  • 2 April 2013 08:58, by Wen Majokweng

    Why south sudan alway accuses sudan and they don,t go to attack sudan too, such that sudan also accuses south sudan.

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  • 2 April 2013 09:12, by tootke’bai-ngo

    jalaba,
    I have been reading your bullshits for sometimes now, but this time you really went too far. Who are you try to fool here? You know well that all you talks about are deceivably insulting to all South Sudanese. These you called war traders are the one who brought this peace. Thank to their patience & generousity to keep allowing Kiir to give away South Sudan’s resources.

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  • 2 April 2013 09:52, by Ahmado

    Dinka become a really slaves of Arabs why? upto this point i don’t understand why dinka still welcoming Bashir in the soil of Great Equatoria. Dinka forgotten what happen in the past which Bashir use to colour our soil with blood of southerners and still big Dinka villager love Arabs.death them.

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    • 2 April 2013 10:45, by james Manyuol

      Monydor
      I don’t thinks so. Interior ministery of South sudanses his now in Khartoum. Is he a Dinka? You may say, he was sent by Dinka authority but why doesn’t he accepted? To prove it, go to the google and type in Radio Tamazuj or Radio Dabanga in the border line. Lastly,if Dinka loves to be a slaves, they won’t armed themselves against the regime in the north.
      thanks God we get what we want

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    • 2 April 2013 10:54, by james Manyuol

      Hey Greate Equ.
      Continuation.
      No any southerns deserve to be a slaves PERIOD

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    • 2 April 2013 12:34, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

      Ahmado really the Dinkas have brain to think like human?
      first they use to cry before all Jibunin, and they are those who need Bisher to come first.

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  • 2 April 2013 10:51, by wang

    What is this coward slaves so called Santino Deng Wol his job at Northern Bahr el Ghazal if his forces can’t protect the civilians in those areas? Stop complaining and get use of those attacks Jaang

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    • 2 April 2013 11:00, by james Manyuol

      Wang
      I don’t want to offend you, but just take it easy, they will take care of it.

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    • 2 April 2013 12:40, by julia

      Nuer when the news don,t talk of something through oral they pretend to be against it.
      To hell this is the arab u use to cooperate with during the difficult period by siding with them to satabbed mighty Jieng. georg Athor taught unforgetable lession as wel as Santino Deng Wol. No doubt food hostage Riek machar boys.

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      • 2 April 2013 14:01, by Oppressor

        Why Jullia is always blaming Arabs & Neur i know the reason & i don’t have to tell u many times Jullia !! haaa haaa u funny stinky even Neur will not accept you coz u are fake the same way this news which comes out of a Local authorities and security sources " what kind of local alcohol local does Sudan Tribune interviewed ?? Funny Report.

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        • 2 April 2013 14:27, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

          oppr-the case of Julia with Nuer is, his/her mother was divorce from Maluak Woun chief of Unity State and the elder sister is now in Bentue and no way to get her.

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