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South Sudan accuses Khartoum of new attacks on its territories

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July 4, 2013 (JUBA/BENTIU) - South Sudan on Thursday accused neighbouring Sudan of carrying out grounds and air attacks in its Upper Nile and Unity states, killing unknown numbers of civilians and wounding four government soldiers.

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A SPLA soldier walks by an area destroyed by a Sudanese airstrike near the oil town of Bentiu (Photo: File/Reuters)

The attack comes just days after South Sudan vice-president, Riek Machar paid a high level visit to Khartoum in a bid to diffuse tension, over oil row, between the two nations.

The Sudanese government, Machar said, pledged its commitment to respect and implement the cooperation agreements, which the two neighbouring countries signed in Ethiopia, last year.

On Wednesday, a Sudanese jet attacked the Jau area of Unity state on July 3 seriously wounding at least seven people, a senior South Sudanese official told Sudan Tribune Thursday.

The jet, according to Unity State’s deputy governor, targeted a route used by refugees fleeing the conflict in Sudan’s South Kordofan state.

"They targeted a routes that is used by refugees when they are coming down from Nuba to Yida camp", said Michael Chiengjiek Geay.

He described the attack as unfortunate considering that Machar, and his Sudanese counterpart Ali Osman Taha had met a week before to diffuse tensions between the two countries.

The deputy governor attributed the attack on South Sudan territory by Sudan on elements in Khartoum whom he said are unhappy with initiative between the two countries to peacefully address their grievances.

"Unfortunately there might be some elements within the system of Khartoum that are not happy with current initiative, different groups within the system that are so opposed to any peace and stability between Khartoum and Juba, that might be the group that is trying to provoke the government of South Sudan", said Geay.

The central government in Juba had been informed of the attack and a meeting to discuss the incident and a possible response should have taken place on Thursday, he added.

Last week, South Sudan Vice president travelled to Khartoum and met his counterpart Taha.

The two discussed threats by the Sudan to block South Sudanese oil from passing through its territory. The Sudanese government has been accusing Juba of supporting rebels operating in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, an allegation Unity state deputy governor denies.

“We in Unity state as the frontline state, we don’t support any of the rebels, operating deeply within Sudanese territory. Otherwise we are seeing these are scapegoats and they [Sudan] want to escape their internal problems and put the whole blame on us which we cannot accept”, said Geay.

Unity state’s Yida refugee camp is home to nearly 50,000 displaced Sudanese fleeing from the two-year-long conflict in South Kordofan.

In the past, however, Unity state government and the United Nations have warned refugees to move out from the area saying it is risky for their settlement because of its proximity to the international border.

ARMY REACTS

South Sudan army (SPLA) spokesperson, Phillip Aguer, confirmed the attack, saying the Sudanese army (SAF) launched offensive attacks in its Upper Nile and Unity state locations.

“The division 17 of the Sudan Armed Forces in Senar had reinforced and launched attacked on Gong bar area north east of Renk County, Upper Nile state. They crossed deep into the SPLA position south of the area, wounding four SPLA soldiers and four civilians but they have been pushed away,” said Aguer, in a statement read on the state-owned SSTV.

The Sudanese army, he further said, also carried out another attack on the SPLA position on Jau, killing and wounding unidentified numbers of people in the area.

The attack, he stressed, was a violation of the security arrangements which the two sides signed as part of the 2012 September agreement, adding that the southern army was capable of defending its territorial integrity as well as lives and properties of its population.

“They (SAF) also attacked SPLA position south of Lake Jau in Unity state but they were defeated as usual and the SPLA forces on the ground have remained on high and maximum alert”, he said.

Aguer did not, however, disclose what on actions the army would take in response to Khartoum’s military aggression.

Meanwhile, Philip Jaden, Upper Nile state information minister equally confirmed the attack, but did not avail details of casualties involved.

“Yes there was an attack yesterday by the Sudan armed forces. They came from Senar, but the SPLA was able to repulse them from advancing further south which is a clear violation of the cooperation agreement”, Jaden said by phone from Malakal, the Upper Nile state capital.

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  • 5 July 2013 07:58, by Grader

    Why do South Sudanese senior Government officials always address Khartoum first leaving South Sudan behind? Inferiority?
    Always in diplomacy your interest and sovereignty first and foremost but in South Sudan its contrary.
    I would say Juba-Khartoum relations and not Khartoum-Juba, what would Sudanese say???

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    • 5 July 2013 09:42, by Badi Malawi

      juba shud open her eyes this time properly becoz khartoum is alway violating matrix agreements it cud be gud if we cancel diplamatic relation with khartoum

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      • 5 July 2013 19:59, by Mi diit

        Khartoum believes that we are hiding their SPLA-N rebels in Upper Nile and Unity state. The so called SPLA-N should finish Khartoum now or else let them not disturb peace in South Sudan. I know they want to spoil the cooperation agreement by attacking SAF and ran to South Sudan borders. Let them leave us alone to build our relations with Khartoum!!!

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  • 5 July 2013 08:12, by Simbaya Afrika

    Well, I said Machar is an enemy within! Every time he goes there, tomorrow is another case. Just read the website bellow and you will understand what Machar’s motive is!
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/04/south-sudan-two-years-on

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    • 5 July 2013 08:48, by Tutbol

      Simbaya Afrika,
      You know the UK, it is so bitter that S Sudanese rejected the unity with North it worked tiredlessly bad failed; that would have given it (UK) unfettered lootings of our country’s resources through their number of N Sudanese elite hyenas who have been assimilated into that devil island higher societies’ clubs. And now it is working behind the scenes to undermine S Sudan as much it>

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      • 5 July 2013 08:53, by Mayom County Boy

        @ soldier why are we crying always about sudan government .let us also intervene as they bomb us in Jam area ,sudan does n,t defeated us by war where ever he like to go let us used as he used

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      • 5 July 2013 09:07, by Tutbol

        >>> can, but who give a hoot about that island concerns. it is not our peoples oxygen, there are many countries in the world that our country can befriend & can prospere and shun that devil island. Our government should just work with friendly countries & let that island media houses propaganda play to those they think would buy their craps. it is desperately shopping for any fool it may find that

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        • 5 July 2013 09:13, by Tutbol

          >>> who would be friendly to them & who they can control to their interests, but S Sudanese would be S Sudanese in the end. let them preach their tribal divisions bullsh<ts but they will be disappointed.

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          • 5 July 2013 09:17, by Tutbol

            >>> Let them preach their tribal divisions bullsh!ts, but they will be disappointed.

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    • 5 July 2013 11:07, by Lango2010

      Simbaya Africa
      this what you mean!
      Vice-president’s leadership challenge raises fears of renewed violence in country beset by food shortages and corruption
      The deputy leader of newly independent South Sudan has issued a veiled warning to the country’s western-backed president, Salva Kiir, telling him to stand down and vowing to replace him before or after elections due by 2015.

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      • 5 July 2013 11:10, by Lango2010

        The forceful intervention by the vice-president, Riek Machar, a general in the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/SPLA) and former regional warlord, threatens to ignite a power struggle that South Sudan, an unstable, landlocked and virtually bankrupt country beset by border wars and internal insurgencies, can ill afford.
        Kiir, who is expected to seek another term, has reportedly faced t

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        • 5 July 2013 11:12, by Lango2010

          Now Machar’s challenge has raised fears of a new descent into violence only eight years after the end of Africa’s longest civil war.In a boost for his position, Kiir won the agreement of the Khartoum government this year for a resumption of southern oil exports via pipelines running through Sudan to the Red Sea.But Omar al-Bashir, Sudan’s president, is threatening to shut down the pipelines in ret

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          • 5 July 2013 11:13, by Lango2010

            Machar suggested that Kiir had failed to use his time as leader since 2005 to build strong institutions, tackle official corruption or create a co-operative relationship with Khartoum. He said that, after almost a decade at the top, it was time for Kiir to go. "When a president has been in power for a long time, it becomes inevitable that a new generation arises," Machar said. "It is a natural pro

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            • 5 July 2013 11:19, by Lango2010

              "To avoid authoritarianism and dictatorship, it is better to change. Our time is limited now. I have been serving under Salva Kiir. I do my best serving under him. I think it is time for a change now."
              HAVING OBSERVED ALL THIS SHOULD IT BE TRUE THE VP IS BEHIND THE ATTACK? CAN HE FORCE OUT KIIR BE FORCE OR BY VOTE?
              THE ROOM REMAIN OUT FOR YOUR VIEWS THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH SUDAN.
              NO MORE BLOOD-SHADE

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          • 5 July 2013 15:38, by Badi Malawi

            BREAKING NEWS
            this afternoon SPLA/N, SLM, SRF, JEM in collaboration with mighty forces SPLA- SOUTH SUDAN, it come from the office of General chief staff that they would launch an offensive attack against khartoum govt tomorow morning but we donot which directions will they hit

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  • 5 July 2013 08:43, by Big Boy

    So it’s with that in mind, and part of our ongoing comprehensive and commitment to the world leaders never to be quiet, that we offer the continued engagement with Khartoum with remaining issues,including such favourites as,always decisive us,as well as Int’l community. There will be some new things too,not least, from this week, what we believe to be the scalation the war’s to khartoum regime

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  • 5 July 2013 08:45, by Marco Bul

    The man of PEACE n FUTURE prezzo have brought with him peace in GOLDEN plate!!!@Mi diit,bere gat maa;let’s celebrate our gualen triumph!

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    • 5 July 2013 09:48, by Projector

      Hey!! nothing new here, as usually SPLA/M crying like baby. Don’t always accuse, am fed up of this as being S.Sudanese. Action is louder than mere speech and accusation Attack Sudan if they attacked us period. The issue always confirming attack and sitting in the City will never solve an problem.

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  • 5 July 2013 09:08, by Projector

    Hey Hey!! SPLA/M, stop crying always like baby. AccusING your enemy every time is not an option, just take action. Even a child knows both of the government supports rebel against each other and if we come to practical and political review it’s right. As being S.Sudanese, I don’t take this accusation serious because both President know what is going on. Just attack Sudan and keep silent.

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  • 5 July 2013 09:16, by T.Gabriel

    " There are elements in Khartoum who are unhappy to see both countries live in peace", this is a common sentence used whenever there is an attack on our territory by our officials.Please stop it,an attack on our areas is blessed by Bashir.Don’t justify this brutal government of Bashir by saying there are some elements. President Bashir is the main element if just like to use the term "element".

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  • 5 July 2013 09:46, by william

    The government must know that the attack was not planned by Kartuom but by traitor riak who live on betraying south sudanese. his visited was the root cause of attack just put him in prison and let good nuer take his position. You will see him running to KT when juba declared war against NCP regime.

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  • 5 July 2013 10:03, by manyang mawech

    William,
    If it was planned by Riek then he was not a lone ..whole delegations who went with RIEK WERE INVOLVED on that planned…

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    • 5 July 2013 11:07, by Jojo

      Hi Manyang,
      Don’t blame Riak and his delegations. Arabs are Arabs - they are trying to weight our soldiers capabilities. As long as our country is crying, they will continue to kill; except when our soldiers retaliate and bring down their aircrafts.

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    • 5 July 2013 11:10, by william

      Hello Manyang, If you were following the traitor visited to Khartuom he had held a separate meeting with Criminal bashir then later with all the delegations was he? Kiir was trying to appeases him just for the sake of stability in south bad it is out of the hand now to assure you.

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      • 6 July 2013 10:13, by moto

        MR.WILLIAM,
        THIS V.P OF OUR HE TALKED SOMETHING DIFFERENT FROM WHAT HE CAN DISCUSS.THIS MAN IS A SUSPECT.

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    • 6 July 2013 10:07, by moto

      MR.MAYANG
      YOU ARE RIGHT FOR YOUR STATEMENT,BUT MY QUESTION IS,WHAT ABSOLUTE FUNDAMENTAL AIM OF TALKS BETWEEN SUDAN AND SOUTH SUDAN? WERE THEY DISCUSSING HOW TO ATTACK EACH OTHER? I URGE MY BROTHER WHEN THERE IS A PROBLEM GET A SOLUTION ,BUT NOT BLAMING.

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  • 5 July 2013 10:07, by T.Gabriel

    Guys don’t blame this attacks on Dr. Riek Visit to Khartoum.Logically, I think there is no interest for doing that. Two years ago, his home in Khartoum was looted and student severely bitten. Also remember,how can he agree with an enemy to attack his home town? During the war of Panthou, Riek Machar was some kilo meters away and there was random bombardments. Please am not supporting Riek.

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  • 5 July 2013 10:50, by Ahmado

    I do remember my words when Kuol Deng Kuol was murder by missiria in front of united Nation soldiers south Sudan government keeping silent no reaction. Kiir is happy to see SAF coloring the soil of south Sudan with blood of people south in front their government. Riek machar was Bashir solders in 1991-2005 and he went to khartoum to coordinating attack against south.

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    • 5 July 2013 11:37, by Ahmado

      these leaders Machar and Kiir should go home and Pagan Amum must stand up for the people of south Sudan Kiir and riek driving people no where? Pagan hurry up.

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  • 5 July 2013 11:01, by Jojo

    My ears are itching every time I read about our country accusing Khartoum of attacking, killings and wounding our precious people.
    why don’t you show the Khartoumas your ego as soldiers. Use the anti-aircraft and bring it down. Not bringing the aircraft down, means you soldiers at the boarders are not on guard. spending times in drinking and loitering around. BE SOLDIERS ON GUARD! SPLA OYEE!

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  • 5 July 2013 14:39, by Northern Sudanese

    Kiir is just using this lie as an excuse to down Machar. in the next few days he will claim Machar has allied himself with Khartoum again like in 1990 and claim his a traitor.
    South Sudan is used to lying to gain support from the world, trying to paint itself as the victim of northern aggression. cowards!
    seriously, if we wanted war we wouldn’t be in AU headquarters

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    • 5 July 2013 18:34, by moto

      THIS IS A CLEAR VIOLATION BY SUDANESE ARMY FORCES.WHAT IS THE REACTION OF UNITED NATION OF SUCH VIOLATION?DO THEY WANT TO REACT AFTER SOUTH SUDAN RESPOND TO KHARTOUM AGGRESSION? UN SHOULD OVER SEE AND REPORT SUCH AGGRESSION TO UNSC IF THE ARE NOT IN ONE SIDE.I THINK PEACE IS VERY SWEET TO BOTH SIDE NOT ONLY ONE SIDE.WHY SHOULD SOUTH SUDAN GOVERNMENT BEG THIS REGIME FOR PEACE EVERYDAY?

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    • 6 July 2013 23:05, by cbuongdit cholkua

      N-Sudan
      This is clearly a declaration of war b/w South and North Sudan.So square up we are coming;don’t expect something good out of it,all that you are going to see are the worse part of your pinched that you the north always do to South.Now has reach to a point where the South Sudan won’t tolerated it anymore.you been accusing Juba of supporting SPLM-N for nothin,but now pushed us to do it fully

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      • 6 July 2013 23:24, by cbuongdit cholkua

        Con
        I don’t see anything behind this rather than the sabotaging of Abyei Referendum which is coming up in October. And for that reason, I always blame my govt for no responding to any of North aggression.

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