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JEM denies involvement in South Sudan conflict


December 30, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese rebel group, Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) has denied any involvement in South Sudan’s recent conflict or any of its internal affairs.

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Fighters with Sudan’s Justice and Equality (JEM) Movement in al-Fasher, northern Darfur, on July 25, 2011 (Ashraf Shazly AFP/Getty)

JEM, in a statement issued Monday, said it had no plans or intentions to interfere in the ongoing conflict, dismissing last week’s claims that its forces were cited in parts of South Sudan’s Unity state.

Speaking in an interview with Sudan Tribune on Saturday, Maj. Gen. James Koang Chuol, the dissent fourth division commander in the state warned JEM fighters against taking part of the conflict, which he described as a South Sudan matter.

Koang, whose forces took control of the state capital, Bentiu said he received reports from his troops on the ground that JEM fighters had crossed from Nuba Mountains in Sudan into Parieng county, after their supply route from the region was blocked.

But Gibreel Adam Bilal, the spokesperson for Darfur rebel group denied the report, advising the dissident commander to recheck his sources of information.

“Spreading unfounded information complicates the already disastrous situation rather than paving the way for the most urgently needed national reconciliation and peaceful settlement in South Sudan”, Bilal said in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

The Sudanese rebel group said it was, together with its partners, fully pre-occupied with quelling the current Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) offensive in South Kordofan.

“We are not at all present in South Sudan”, said the rebel spokesperson.

Meanwhile, JEM strongly urged parties involved in South Sudan conflict to immediately cease hostilities and settle their differences through peaceful means.

“We fully support the mediation efforts of IGAD [Intergovernmental Authority on Development] and the international community and look forward for a good outcome from the planned Tuesday meeting at the Ethiopian capital”, Bilal said.

Violence broke out in the South Sudan capital, Juba on 15 December between rival factions within the national army - the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), leaving more than 1,000 dead and over 60,000 homeless.


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  • 30 December 2013 13:51, by LabotoNyom KobiYe

    James Koang cannot check the sources of his information so long as he desperately needs SAF to lend its military support to help fugitive Dr. Fool Riek Machar maintain control in Bentiu which is going to fall sooner than later. This is indirect appeal for support to SAF since militia used to be supported in the old days.

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    • 30 December 2013 14:21, by Peter Mading

      They want means of Alliance. They are thinking negatively to led Khartoum take a larger share in exchange of artillery and ammunitions. Khartoum will not buy such cheap propanda.

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    • 30 December 2013 14:40, by Paul Chadrack

      Who allowed museveni to sent his forces to south sudan?, he need to be away from this country affairs,this is not DR congo, he killed John Garang and still need to mess up with things here. Wash out useless museveni or we will take the war to uganda.

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      • 30 December 2013 15:56, by Mayom County Boy

        fine we need them to keep quite antill we sort out our problem we our selves .

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  • 31 December 2013 09:10, by Konan

    Only fools would buy this cheap lie, JEM is a militia not organized army or even a criminal organization. They are looters and bandits, who looted and destroyed their own land and people. Remember, what they did in S & N Kordofan recently. They killed civilians, looted shops and banks, burned down electricity, water and medical facilities. Do you think they will be less cruel to your people.

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