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Sudanese army rules out intervention in S. Sudan conflict

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January 19, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) dismissed suggestions that it could intervene in the ongoing military conflict in South Sudan saying that there is no special bilateral treaty allowing it to do so.

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South Sudan SPLA soldiers stand in a vehicle in Juba December 20, 2013 (REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic)

SAF spokesman Colonel al-Sawarmi Khaled Sa’ad said in press statements on Sunday that Khartoum cannot send troops to any country except through a protocol and an agreement.

He reiterated denial that Khartoum and Juba agreed to deploy joint forces to protect oilfields adding that any military arrangements must be decided by leaders of both countries and not the armies.

On the protection of Sudanese oil workers requested by Juba recently, al-Sawarmi said that the responsibility for this lies with Juba as is the case with any foreigner within their state.

On Friday, South Sudan’s defence minister Kuol Manyang Juuk told Reuters that his government may ask Sudan for military assistance if the current conflict threatens the young nation’s oil fields.

Uganda has publicly announced that its troops are fighting alongside SPLA against rebel forces led by former Vice President Riek Machar.

Following president Omer Hassan al-Bashir’s visit to Juba earlier this month, Sudan’s foreign minister claimed that establishing a joint force of SAF and South Sudan’s army SPLA had been discussed, but this was statement was later retracted.

"Until now we have not asked the Sudan government to send in their forces" to protect South Sudan’s oil fields, Juuk said.

"Should there be a threat, anything threatening the oil field, definitely the government of South Sudan may ask the Sudan government to come in and support," he added.

Many members of staff at the oil fields have been evacuated since the fighting began and production has slipped from 245,000 barrels per day down to 200,000 bpd, leading to Juba asking Khartoum for engineers to address the decline and ensure production continues.

When the South seceded from Sudan in 2011 following decades of civil war, it took with it 75% of production, but still relies on its northern neighbor to export its crude.

The Sudanese ambassador in Juba Mutrif Sideeg told the pro-government Ashorooq TV today that South Sudan did not request military help to protect oil wells.

"Sudan and South Sudan have agreements and other specific mechanisms for the protection of borders to check and control if borders are penetrated," Sideeg said.

He stressed that any other requests are governed by protocols and will be considered by the legislative and executive institutions when made.

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  • 20 January 09:04, by Mohammed Ali 2

    Absolutely right and crystal clear!It is extremely dangerou to enter this quagmire. Not a single soldier from SAF should enter SS unless through a mandate from regional or international body.We have to fully respect SS soverenity.

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    • 20 January 10:39, by Bravo Nuer

      Bahir indeed is demonstrating political maturity which will earn him thousand marks across this region.in this stance he would be the very head of state who will solve this RSS anarchy in the hands of whisky and illiteracy. I therefore advise Bashir to summon both Kiir and Riek to Khartoum so that the trio sit as brothers to settle this political decay fueled by Museveni for ulterior motives.

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    • 20 January 12:45, by Tong dut

      Dinkas are mad people, now Dinka Bor is killing Dinka Warrap. What is the meaning?
      President Salva Kirr has distroyed Bor into peaces since it was the home town of John Garang.
      Dinka Rumbek and Nuer are now on the way to Warrap to kill any thing they found since it is Kirr home Land.
      How mad dinka Nuer tribes are killing each others and for what reason.
      Soon they will tern on Equatorians to kill.

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    • 20 January 13:47, by South South

      Mohammed Ali2,
      You are a lair. You know that South Sudan did not ask Sudan to send forces to South Sudan. You know that. You still very naïve to think that one day there is going to be something called international mandate. Only countries which have direct interests in South Sudan will involve. Uganda is a very clear example. Uganda did not wait to get mandate from IGAD.

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    • 20 January 17:18, by Native Boy

      Something/politics (KHARTOUM) I personnally don’t need to hear about or smell had it that our current leaders deliberately pay no attention to our history of struggle since 1955 which puts us to shame as if we didn’t know the reason we are fighting for against Khartoum, shame on our leaders. Those whom we do not for get in the history were the martyrs and no body else is asuming to be a hero/heroe

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      • 21 January 05:05, by Mi diit

        Common all you foreign bitches. The God of this country will deliver you right into our hands and smash you!!

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  • 20 January 09:05, by Sir King

    This stupid President doesn’t know that the country will under Bashir Again very soon. Otherwise one Sudan again. He is leading this country like cattle camp, what a poor brain poor leader of South Sudan.
    God should help us and get rid of this poor President out. We don’t want both Power greedy Riek Machar and Poor brain Warrap Cattle man Kiir Kuethpiny, a man who can not help in any situation.

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  • 20 January 09:12, by Paul Chadrack

    Now no help will come to corrupt kiir from sudan, oil fields will be captured soon and the stupid president’s economic will collapsed then come his death.

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  • 20 January 09:14, by Naath

    Kiir thought bringing Uganda troops to south suadn may helps himself from south sudanese people who declare Kaac Lora, I’m now in magir moving towards Gumba to make sure no scape roots for hopeless kiir.I think some of you may heard that joint force Uganda and SPLA are already defeated in Bor town, now 150 are capture

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  • 20 January 09:18, by Jalaby

    I am wondering, if Ugandan army has to fight Machar rebel in Bor and in the middle and lower part of S Sudan and SAF has to fight Machar rebel in the north and upper part of S Sudan, where is SPLA or S Sudan army then?!!! hiring neighbors army to fight on behalf of them or what? the situation is very confusing and ridiculous at the same time!!!!

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    • 20 January 09:25, by Jalaby

      It’s true that majority of Sudanese people in the north are opposing any interference from Sudanese army (SAF) into this war, they don’t want to die just because of few oil, they were fighting and dying before for the sake of Sudan unity and now the south is gone, for what reason should they die now? just for few oil?!!!

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      • 20 January 09:34, by Jalaby

        Even if Sudan decides to participate, to whom SAF will point its weapon? against Nuer people?! who will pay the cost of this war to Sudan if SAF will take place in?!
        America encouraged and involved Ethiopia to participate in Somalia war and invaded Somalia and then Ethiopia found itself at great catastrophe and America slowly pulled itself from Somalia swamp!!

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    • 20 January 09:53, by choldit

      If it was doing helping Dinka corrupt the region in the way m7 is doing, it is only ur decision u Sudanese. The Nuer made their point, preventing Dinka massacre more Nuer at will, using Nuer regions resource to finance JEM N other rebels n telling the world UPDF are not as tough as Dinka thought they as more Ugandan pple are mourning the death of their poor soldier in exchange of $ for m7’s pocket

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  • 20 January 09:51, by Deng Tut

    Good idea Mr. President Bashir, let us fight alone with Dinka; you are aware about the Nuer warriors, it will not take more than one month with Dinka Govt, is better for you to have a relationship with Nuer than Dinka. Dinka couldn’t confronted Nuer that is why the bring and continuous to brought Ugandan to fight but there are defeated

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    • 20 January 10:27, by Wicdail

      I’m sure Bishair’s regime is engineering Kirr not to release the detainees; particularly those of Pagan and Deng Alor. Because they thought that those guys were the ones supporting the Sudanese rebels. If that’s true, why the Sudanese rebels became so active fighting alongside Kirr’s regime, while those guys are in jail? Khartoum must think twice before giving blind supports to Kirrs’deadly regime

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  • 20 January 12:58, by Pif Paf

    It will be a big mistake to send the SAF to S.Sudan unless its to pursue SRF rebels. There is nothing to gain from S.Sudan because Musaveni will make it the new Congo with no end in sight. Sudan should try to reconcile Kiir & Machar and eliminate rebels on each side of the border because that is the only way to achieve real peace in both Sudan and S.Sudan.

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  • 20 January 19:44, by Paac

    60% South Sudan armies are Nuer and 40% are Dinka and others tribes, so that mean 40% are not capable and will be out number by nuer and most the Nuer army are returnee from sudan armed forces who was fighting alongside the sudaneses military during the struggling. Otherwise Presindent Kiir hire the neighbor military, but that not cool.

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