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Juba attempts to diffuse diplomatic row over presence of Ugandan troops

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January 26, 2014 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s government attempted on Sunday to prevent further soaring of diplomatic relations with neighbouring countries over the deployment of Ugandan troops in the new nation since fighting broke out between rival members of its army in mid-December last year.

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Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni (R) stands next to his South Sudan’s counterpart Salva Kiir (AFP/Getty Images)

After initial denials that the Ugandan People’s Defence Force (UPDF) was fighting alongside the South Sudanese army (SPLA), Kampala has admitted that it was involved in combat operations, and not just to secure Juba airport and help evacuate its nationals, as previously claimed.

The South Sudanese rebels who defected from the SPLA, say that Uganda’s military intervention was "fuelling the conflict" and have repeatedly cited UPDF presence in the country as the main reason - along with the arrested political detainees - that it took so long for the two-sides to sign a ceasefire deal in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Uganda’s decision to intervene was also questioned on the basis that it should have remained neutral as a leading member of the East African regional bloc (IGAD) - that mediated the talks.

Diplomatic sources say that Uganda’s swift intervention and President Yoweri Museveni’s threats against the rebels led by South Sudan’s former vice-president Riek Machar shocked neighbouring Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan.

Mark Nyipuoc, the deputy speaker of South Sudan’s parliament became the latest official to defend the presence of the UPDF, claiming the Ugandan military were in the country prior to the rebellion as part of the regional force fighting the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels.

Forces from Uganda and other regional countries affected by the LRA’s over two-decade insurgency, have long been stationed in South Sudan to help fight the Ugandan rebel group.

"It was in this context that it became necessary for UPDF to provide security and protection of the Ugandan nationals here," said Nyipuoc.

The LRA have not been active in South Sudan for some time and are now thought to be scattered in the Central African Republic as well as the north east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Nyipuoc told Sudan Tribune that both the South Sudanese government and its people appreciated the support they received from Uganda and the other neigbouring countries.

“Uganda is one of the genuine friends in the region. The government of Uganda and its people have never turned away from us whenever we need the support. It is one of the countries in the region which has never changed”, he exclusively told Sudan Tribune Sunday.

Rebecca Nyandeng, one of President Salva Kiir’s fiercest critics within the ruling SPLM described the presence of Ugandan troops in South Sudan as an "invasion".

DIPLOMATIC MISSION TO KHARTOUM

Sudan, which has long had poor relations with Uganda as it hosts a number of Sudanese rebel groups, civil society and media organisations in exile, has had serious misgivings about Kampala’s role in the conflict.

The South Sudanese government and media has remained silent over reports that presidential advisor on legal affairs, Telar Deng, is visiting to the Sudanese capital Khartoum, to deliver special message from President Kiir.

Many observers, however, view the visit as an attempt by the Juba government to diffuse the bitter diplomatic row between Khartoum and Kampala over Uganda’s involvement alongside the SPLA in the recent conflict.

Despite allowing South Sudan to secede in 2011, Sudan still relies on transit fees from the young country’s oil fields to support its flagging economy.

Deng, according to the press in Khartoum, conveyed a message of special thanks and appreciation to the Sudanese government and its people for assisting the 17,000 South Sudanese citizens who have fled the conflict by entering into Sudan.

Over half a million people have been displaced by the conflict, which began on December 15 when tension within the ruling SPLM, spread among the army.

Neither the state-owned SSTV nor radio reported about Deng’s trip to Khartoum, while the presidential spokesperson Ateny Wek Ateny, told Sudan Tribune he was not aware of the visit.

The spokesperson for the foreign affairs ministry was adamant on the matter, creating uncertainty on the special message delivered to Sudan’s Omer Al-Bashir.

The Ugandan president initially came under pressure from home for deploying troops in South Sudan, before permission was granted by its national parliament.

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  • 27 January 06:05, by Mi diit

    Incompetent Kiir’s gay husband and mad dog Yoweri Museveni should get his soldiers out. Shame that speaker Manasseh Magok Rundial admitted that UPDF saved his government. Please, Mama Rebecca Nyandeng said UPDF captured soldiers by Dr. Machar’s forces are taken care of. But will no longer be the case unless you get out soon!!!

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    • 27 January 06:11, by Mi diit

      Kiir is like a confused adulteress woman who tries very hard to share many husbands at the same time. Sharing Museven, Bashir, JEM, etc will not work. These are conflicting husbands, poor Kiir? Let me tell you this secret, "YOU ARE LEAVING SOON!"

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      • 27 January 06:13, by Mi diit

        A good sign that incompetent Kiir has started secret missions of his officials without the rest of his poor officials knowing it. Soon he will send another official for a secret mission to prepare his escape to exile...

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        • 27 January 07:05, by Majongdit

          Mi Diit,
          In histrory your husbands has always been us or Arab being your husbands, not Uganda. Don’t just dwell on issue of Uganda intervention all the time. SPLA intervened on several occasions on the LRA war. And there is military cooperation between Uganda and South Sudan. On 15th Dec you were driven out of Juba without any Ugandan support.

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          • 27 January 07:10, by Majongdit

            Mi Diit,
            There is a saying: what was decided by the mind will never go without seen by the eye. Riek is now in the bush. He cried like a baby when he was chased out of Juba into the bush. Who will go alive between Tanginya, Lado Gore and Gatwech Dual only God knows.

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            • 28 January 02:55, by Tango Alpha

              Folks, let us talks about others Nyigat and not Tanginya. Tanginya was among the thirty five bodies that were found down when major general Matur Chut Dhuol attack the rebel strong hold in the bushes of Ramcial Lake State. So, Tanginya was found dead with some others offices whom we did not received their name yet. However, Tanginya is now in hell and he is no longer with us here on this earth.

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              • 28 January 12:24, by Bentiu son

                Tango Alpha,stop lying son of slave/Jeenge,General Tanginye n his gallantry troops had already crossed your useless Lake State to Unity State while crashed n fucked whoever intercept them. Lt Gen Tang is alive n well, No 30 soldiers from his 6000 troops were killed by your Gelweng militias(SPLA).They were warmly received yesterday by Bentiu Nuer,soon Bentiu will be in their hands.Tanginye oyeeeee

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            • 28 January 06:56, by jubaone

              Majongdit,
              Kiir had to bend so low to allow UPDF come in, ´cos he just could not fight Riak alone. The SPLA/M keeps urinating on South Sudanese heads and telling them it is raining. First UPDF came in to protect Ugandans and installations, next they are in combat and last they will own the South, cos´Kiir has turned South into "whore brothel".

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          • 27 January 08:00, by Naath

            Majongdit,I know many useless and stupid Dinka are blaming mama Ngadeng Garang for not co-operating with the one who kill her Husband Dr John Garang.Nyandeng will exposed every secret that had been agree with dictator Museveni if kiir is not knee down in front of South Sudanese for his wrong doing,how come someone who take away the part of your life be your best friend again.Now Ethiopea and Sudan

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          • 27 January 18:27, by Tut Tut

            Monymock,If intervention of your husband Museveni should not be an issue,then what sovereignty is to you inferiors? Look at your inferior media outlet called SSTV which truly tribal is running around Bor in hope to find anything to cover the massive massacre of Nuer civilians in Juba.No report was made by this dinka media SSTV on that killing.Real name for this inferior outlet is SSTV Truly tribal

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        • 28 January 02:23, by Tango Alpha

          Mi diit, hideout is the solution for you and your uncle Machar Teny and many more who are involved in this case, those of bitch Nyandang Machar, she is no longer Nyandang de Mabor any more. Now you are talking too much a bout Ugandan forces helping in the ongoing operation, what about 1991 when your uncle was driven out of South Sudan to Khartoum by the SPLA was there Ugandan forces by that time?

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      • 27 January 22:57, by George Bol

        Nuer I have been telling you that never step on Salva Kiir tail and SPLM/A in general because they are too dangerous.
        Check this out!
        http://chimpreports.com/index.php/regional-news/s-sudan/16409-more-rebels-surrender.html

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        • 28 January 12:44, by Bentiu son

          George Bol ya Dinka Rek boy brought with Bentiu n Malakal oil money.Don’t u know that Salva Kiir is a coward person since he was in the movement? Kiir imported UPDF,JEM,SRF n Nuer Sellout sons plus 62 manipulated tribes across the country to shield cowards Dinkas against mighty Nuer warriors.If were you Dinka boys,I would ve felt so shame for fearing Nuer warriors to death.Nuer warriors oyeee

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    • 27 January 23:01, by Wani khooto

      Madit
      fuck u boy,u like barking and i understand that u are just a useless boy.u used to preach about genocide now there it is at your door step.why nuer lack shame,how will u fight mighty dinka and equatorian.we in eastern equatorian are mobilizing to come and join the war and i hope u and your poor mum will run to ethiopia.sorry the poor u following idiot DR.start run equatorian are coming.fuck

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      • 28 January 01:28, by omoni jr.

        wani khoot.
        you are Not Equatrian, you are a pure jenge,Equatorian dont even write like the way you do with poor English language,you are stetching the sentence like class five yrs old girl

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  • 27 January 08:38, by Joseph Canada

    Most of you are supporting whoever you support base on tribal line and don’t know the reality of the nation. Here are the fact.
    1. Kiir want to kill Nuer people because of his incompetency and worry.
    2.Reik and the other 11 Politicians are telling the truth about the uselessness of the Kiir’s Empire and his beneficiaries.
    3. The fact that Kiir initiated the conflict shows who he really is.

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    • 27 January 08:44, by Joseph Canada

      What we only now know is that it’s clear Kiir will go to Jail for committing the murder of the 70 students, 10,000 non armed Nuer women and children and the initiation of the innovation of the foreign army who kill raped and loot Bor, Banteu and Juba as well as the killing Riek’s body guards. First lady Rebecca have said it and she have filed the papers in Hugo. Death to Illiteracy.

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      • 27 January 22:50, by Wani khooto

        joseph canada,
        your name really mean u and i like that u are just barking yet u are not south sudanese.if kiir will be taken to HUGE what will happen to machar?iam not a dinka but i know and i witness what machar did in 1991.why are u guys lack shame being fool by idiot DR.today some nuer surrender complaining that there is no food.why food haahahaa yet u need democracy,come to EE and we are ready

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    • 27 January 08:59, by Naath

      Joseph Canada,Thank you for telling the truth,but my point is why president kiir kills innocent Nuer who doesn’t know coup and have no connection with Dr riek,some of them are children,mum,old people.does any coup be plan by civilian.Is it dinka culture,if some tribe are too scarry about what kiir did than we will not backdown till kiir got kill or 5000 dinka from warrap got kill

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  • 27 January 19:17, by siddaw

    MY VIEWS

    Huh! look at the unfolding stories back at home. There is really nothing to smile

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