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Khartoum affected by events in South Sudan: Karti


December 19, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese Foreign minister Ali Karti said that the security and stability in South Sudan is directly correlated to that of his country and that any negative or positive events affect Sudan because of links and joint borders.

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FILE PHOTO - Sudan foreign minister Ali Karti (RETUTERS)

In an interview with Russia Today TV, Karti stressed that the Sudanese government is keen to see South Sudan a stable nation.

Sudan’s top diplomat underscored that Khartoum is ready to provide all the expertise to help strengthen its southern neighbor.

Karti will join other foreign ministers from Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in a mission to Juba in a bid to reverse the deteriorating situation amid growing concern that the ongoing clashes will push the country towards civil war.

Sudanese ambassador to Ethiopia Abdul-Rahman Sir al-Khatim told Sudan official news agency (SUNA) that the delegation would meet South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Friday.

The spokesman of Sudan’s foreign ministry spokesperson Abu-Bakr al-Sideeg said that the delegation’s visit to Juba seeks to get assurances about the security and stability situation in South Sudan.

He urged all parties to stick to peaceful means and dialogue to solve differences and put efforts into calming down the situation.

What began as clashes between different units of South Sudan’s presidential guard in Juba last Sunday, spread to other key places including the states of Jonglei and Unity.

Kiir appeared on Monday to accuse his former deputy Riek Machar and other leading ex-officials of staging a failed coup attempt.

The government arrested ten former ministers and issued an arrest warrant for Machar, former ruling party Sudan People Liberation Movement (SPLM) Secretary General Pagan Amum and ex-governor of Unity state Taban Deng among others.

Machar denied plotting a coup and accused Kiir of using the clashes to get rid of his political opponents. He also rejected Kiir’s offer to sit down for talks unless the latter agrees to step down first.

Observers say that the clashes are becoming increasingly tribal in nature with Nuer SPLA units defecting in show of support to Machar and attacking Dinka troops that are generally supportive of Kiir.

On Wednesday, the SPLA announced that it lost control of Jonglei state capital of Bor after forces loyal to General Peter Gatdet Yak overran military bases the day before.

Heavy fighting broke out also in Unity state capital of Bentiu but it is unclear who is in control amid conflicting accounts.

The United Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said yesterday that tens of thousands of civilians have sought refuge at their bases in Juba, Bor and Bentiu.

Juba put the death toll at 500 but it is likely that it will be revised higher. The Indian ambassador at the UN said that three of its peacekeepers were killed in Jonglei.


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  • 20 December 2013 09:06, by Mayom County Boy

    we need you to be far distance from our civil war that have broke out in our country south sudan
    all in all it is our main problem we south sudanese alones

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    • 20 December 2013 09:22, by Tong dut

      Let them keep away from us, Dinkas are worse the devils.They knew killing only,again we shall get that khartoum from.
      We dam dogs now, any body is suppose to be kill,no way in south sudan.our dinka sickness had started, who will stop that?

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    • 20 December 2013 12:30, by Adodi Jotuwa

      Mayom County Boy, Malakal county Simon, Dude, etc,
      Your coup addict, Dr. Defector Riek Machar Teny is simply daydreaming of running South Sudan. Why did he fail in 1991 in the bush and in Khartoum following inking of KPA in 1997? Killing innocent civilians is easy as it happened in 1991 in Bor and is again committed by notorious defector Peter Gadet. Assuming presidency isn’t an easy task.

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      • 20 December 2013 12:38, by Adodi Jotuwa

        To be the President of South Sudan or any country on this planet you need to be having a good track record of staying the course, from beginning up to the end of the day, not zig-zagging through tribal lines. We don’t want any of the two largest tribes in South Sudan (Nuer & Dinka)to be populationally reduced through senseless killings.

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        • 20 December 2013 12:44, by Adodi Jotuwa

          Dr. Defector Riek Machar Teny knows how he "always" fails in any political endeavor not only in the bush, Khartoum or in the present independent South Sudan. It not PhD that brings you up to Presidency, it’s a track record that the whole of south Sudan, Africa or world should be proud of and vote for. Ok?

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          • 20 December 2013 12:50, by Adodi Jotuwa

            Even Khartoum knows that Dr. Defector Riek Machar has no any track record both in Khartoum and in the SPLA/M. One day in Khartoum, a Jallaba approached me and said SPLM/A is really a good party because people like Dr. Defector Riek Machar should have not been given that position of Vice President, considering how the fugitive is shuttling freely between parties.

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            • 20 December 2013 12:59, by Adodi Jotuwa

              I said the fugitive is looking for "Sulta" because you khartoumers failed to give him and we tried our best to give him for the sake of unity. We all know that his track record is nasty. And we know that one day he will still use force and leave us should he wait indefinitely to assume presidency in South Sudan. He feels like his right to rule is denied by SPLM.

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              • 20 December 2013 13:05, by Adodi Jotuwa

                Now Dr. Defector Riek Machar Teny has done it again, hoping to assume presidency of South Sudan at any cost because he believes that some of his supporters will assist him to use violence and go on killing sprees in the ten States of South Sudan. He believes that he defines democracy better than any PhD holder in the country.

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                • 20 December 2013 13:15, by Adodi Jotuwa

                  Dr. Defector Riek Machar defines democracy to his illiterate supporters that violence is the only option to transfer power from the largest tribe in South Sudan to the second largest one since "we have oil in our State and if impossible we can still end up in Khartoum because there is free food, accommodation, money and vehicles to be given for achieving our objective."

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                  • 20 December 2013 13:21, by Adodi Jotuwa

                    Staying the course while roaming the South Sudan’s bush is risky. However, the clock has turned, the political environment and the dynamics have dramatically changed. Will Khartoum turn its back on improving economic relations with South Sudan? How will Khartoum response to this unfolding event? Only time will tell. What I know is that Dr. Defector is cornered this time.

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                    • 20 December 2013 13:29, by Adodi Jotuwa

                      You know why? You cannot keep playing the political game in Khartoum and in South Sudan without facing the consequences. South Sudanese, the regional, African and international actors are tired of repeated killings for the sake of assuming power/presidency and would never allow such games to continue no matter how long it takes to bring Dr. Defector Riek Machar Teny to books.

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    • 20 December 2013 14:37, by Mohammed Ali 2

      Myoum, you are absolutely right.Khartoum should keep itself as far way as possible.As the jalabbal are going to be blamed anyway.They have allready been blamed.They should not respond to Kiir call to protect the oil fields unless it is mandated by the UN or the AU.Otherwise any interference from Sudan will be misunderstood or misinterpreted and inflame the already inflamed tragic situation.

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  • 20 December 2013 16:11, by Northern Sudanese

    Karti just shut your mouth, sooner or later we will be blamed anyway.

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    • 20 December 2013 16:45, by Mohammed Ali 2

      Sudanese, we have already been blamed, are you waiting for more ?! Any way it seems , as one of the ngo’s tweeted from Juba, the game is over !

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  • 20 December 2013 16:44, by Gat-khir

    It is up to greater equatorians to decide whether to remain under Kiir’s dictatorship make themselves be treated as slaves in their own country or free themselves from humiliation. We are done with Greater Upper Nile and we will extend our helping hands to free equatoria if they want to be free. Equatorians must decide and join Lado Gore soon.

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