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S. Sudan says Ugandan army to stay until full stability restored


January 30, 2014 (JUBA) - South Sudan said Thursday that it would only sanction full and complete withdrawal of Ugandan troops from its territory, upon the complete implementation of the cessation of hostilities that permits return of peace and stability.

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South Sudan Foreign Affairs Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin, April 2, 2012 (Getty)

The new nation received military support from its eastern neighbour few days after fighting broke out in mid-December last year between a faction of presidential guards, raising fears that the clashes could deteriorate into a regional conflict, if allowed to escalate.

Members of both the East African Legislative Assembly and Ugandan Parliament welcome the deployment of the Ugandan army (UPDF), despite criticisms from members of the international community who saw the move as an invasion.

Rebel groups led by South Sudan former vice-president Riek Machar openly accused Uganda of fuelling the conflict with the direct participations of its troops alongside the government forces.

Norway, one of countries that played a critical role the 2005 peace deal ending the North-South Sudan civil war, on Wednesday said it was now time for Uganda to start withdrawing its troops from the world’s youngest nation to avoid worsening the crisis.

South Sudan’s foreign minister, however, told Sudan Tribune on Thursday that his government would not need any additional troops from the neighbouring Uganda.

"With the cessation of hostilities now signed, we hope that peace and calm will come and government we will not need the additional involvement of Ugandan troops,” said Barnaba Marial Benjamin.

Last week, Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda, the spokesperson of the UPDF said their forces did not intend stay in the world’s youngest nation for long.

"UPDF not intent on staying for long in South Sudan;" he said in a tweet after a visit to the Ugandan troops in Bor on 24 January.


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  • 31 January 2014 07:00, by Kenyan the cushite

    i encourage the participation of Uganda in helping restore peace. one side has to be stronger than the other if not more fighting will continue for many years and destroy the country. who wins when there is fighting? only deatha nd destruction. we will not allow SS to scare sway investors from africa and embarass us. we are not savages and will not allow you to flood africa with refugess

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    • 31 January 2014 07:08, by Mi diit

      Kenyan whatever,
      It is not wise to solve a problem of your neighbors by siding on one side in the fight. You talk to them peacefully to stop the quarrel and resolve it peacefully. Now how do you guarantee that because Uganda is helping Kiir’s dictatorship, they will win. The two may fail to control the rebellion for many years, or they may get kicked out in Juba. THIS CAN HAPPEN!!!

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    • 31 January 2014 07:12, by michael coma

      Imagine most of Nuers are malitias who joined recently with thousands of their fellow men.Nuers joined army in big number including their malitias.The South Sudan’s army was dominated mistakenly by Nuer who have 75 percent and other 63 with 25 percent which was big mistake.Nuers joined army including their mad men while Dinkas though that Nuers are protecting nation than their own interest.

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      • 31 January 2014 07:28, by choldit

        It is true Nuer protecting nation than their own interest as u put it Michael! It is not the other way around. But the Nuer shld not wait for Dinka and their Ugandan to slaughter them nor would they let South Sudan sovereignty be abused at will by a group of corrupt tribal thugs in the name of dinka shirt. U have to pay for the massacre of Nuer in juba whether u have UPDF at ur tail or not!

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      • 31 January 2014 13:09, by Deng Tut

        micheal Coma. Nuer are the one who protected this nation, and not Dinka as you claimed, let me remained you about the fighting in Heglig between North and South, those who fought that war was Nuer and Dinka are run away like chicken , therefore Nuer are those who protected the Sovereignty of South. Look now in Bor Dinka their body is eating by animals

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    • 31 January 2014 07:25, by Tut Tut

      Cushite: unbalancing the fighting parties should not happened at the expense of dignity and territorial integrity. Dr. Marial should understand those aspects regardless of heat. Why not taking a look on the attitude of Sudan during our war. He (Marial) would accept that we were not inferior in the battle field so that Sudan had nothing to worry about to call in her allies against us.

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      • 31 January 2014 07:36, by Tut Tut

        Continue...., Countries invite their allies in realm of those attributes. That is to say, should the needs be, a proxy war is always the logic of reserve. I thought Dr. Marial is among the thoughtful and professional politicians in our country. But with such fishy approach, one has to take a different look on this guy. May be third world PhD holders have a deficit of both foresight and hindsight.

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    • 31 January 2014 09:24, by siddaw

      What a big shame for a big country like South Sudan to be safeguarded by the foreign forces which are not even from the UN. what of the SPLA & Mr. Kiir’s gelweng? where are they? Ploease lets reform our country’s forces to curve this situation in the nearby future. this is a clear violation of the constitution.

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      • 31 January 2014 14:04, by Jewish Ally

        it is because you lack understanding that you are proud of being a Nuer, 2% from nuer have better understanding 8% are primitive elite with poor knowledge but 90% are totally barbaric. there is nothing like wait, all they know is "wanathin" mi ci kuor aa lar aa gualong, how will they rule this nation, better remain in lwak and worship your wurnyang there. president is not a joke.

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  • 31 January 2014 07:04, by Amantiel Kem

    SPLM gov’t has really embarrassed South Sudanese image. I have never got any gov’t that is protected by foreign troops. Can’t Mr. Marial Benjamin get shamed by tell the world that their gov’t would execute Uganda troops withdrawal when security n peace is restored?

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    • 31 January 2014 21:57, by william

      Dear Matiel, If you were during the struggle tell me how many soldiers of south Sudan had been killed by Joseph konyi while helping the same Uganda? Uganda is just paying as back if you do not know. Secondly this Ugandan army that many are complaining of were not there on day one still the traitors were defeated. please understand we defensed this country from arab and we shall continuous to do so

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  • 31 January 2014 07:08, by Kenyan the cushite

    south sudan, do u think if machar become president things will be better? dinkas will want to kill him as well. please dont embarass africa. fighting and causing misery will only cause more death. death doesnt bring investment or development. all of you will be hungry and begging for food soon. up to you. if you want to look like savage jungle monkeys with no common sense work hard

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    • 31 January 2014 07:22, by choldit

      Ur posts doesn’t make sense here. How can u claim helping ss kill more innocent Nuer by Dinka will make peace? Didn’t u hear about Juba massacre of Nuer by Dinka under the bless of president Mrs. Kirr Museveni? How dare one can expect ss to be rule by that shameful president every again? Kirr must go!!!!!

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      • 31 January 2014 14:12, by Jewish Ally


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      • 31 January 2014 22:13, by william

        My friend this time is not and never ever going to be like 1991 by which the traitors were forgiven, no forgiveness this time all the traitors shall be paid in their own coins. riak if she manage to escape the death this time she will be governing guondeng family. You know why I call her she. Permanent head damaged PHD she has is useless. to this nation.

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    • 31 January 2014 09:32, by siddaw

      So you think PEACE will prevail when it’s Nuer which are subjected into that? Lets be responsible here. We need dialogue to restore peace. Kiirdit too hasn’t been doing anything tangible to prove his leadership to us. It’s better for the 2 of them to leave the country & peace will prevail. For how long will we be suffering in their hands?

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  • 31 January 2014 07:12, by choldit

    Is it a shame that the stability of ss is now linked to the presence of Uganda forces while Tribalistic Dinka leaders are spreading tribal hatred to the youth in juba. How could the claim preaching reconciliation to the youth while their agenda is to mislead them into demo that is abt them asking Kirr to Remove Dr. Machar. Those youth are the one whose Nuer colleagues were target by tribal militi

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    • 31 January 2014 07:25, by Wicdail

      Dear readers,
      Museveni put it very clear that, UPDF was not deployed in RSS to protects the civilians of SS, rather, they are here to protect and secure food. In other words, to protect Kirr’s regime who gave and will give him (M7) bilions of our oil meoney if he can keep him (Kirr) in power for another 10 years.

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      • 31 January 2014 07:29, by Wicdail

        Conu. But fools those of Bejemen Marial and likes doesn’t even knows the deal that brought UPDF into SS to fight a longside SPLA forces.

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      • 31 January 2014 22:25, by william

        You whore what of that $25 million that Riak gave to Konyi in 2010? Did he do something tangible for that? Very stupid creatures with little understanding. Iwish if the international community allow us to fight for only three days without accountability for causalities you may admit the reality within one day. M7 army is there to protect their fellow men properties from outlaws destruction dog.

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  • 31 January 2014 07:13, by Kenyan the cushite

    do south sudanese people have brains?? does being a worriar and fighting put food on the table and education? does killing dinka feed the children?? i read many comments here and its like savages or monkeys who destroy the house and then go hungry and beg for food from donors.

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    • 31 January 2014 07:37, by choldit

      U are not think straight about this war. This war is one that comes becoze the president decided to eliminate one tribe that he sees obstacle to his continue leadership type of tyranny. He president’s opinion the Nuer must cease to exist or leave ss. The Nuer are on the defensive side of the war sir! I hope u got it. The Uganda factor is inline with the share Museveni will get when Nuer tribe off

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    • 31 January 2014 07:46, by Wicdail

      who are fools and monkeys here, the Nuers who advocate for democracy so that we can live in a free society where very nations on earth can invests and develop our nation? Or Kirr Dinka who destroy democracy and interoduced the dictatorship with massive corruption, tribalism, killing among others? Let us be realistic if we want to live in peace.

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  • 31 January 2014 07:14, by Snipper

    If it was not a blunders of Salva Kiir, a mighty Dinka can not go looking for support anywhere. Now we are back and all militias out! No more integration. food lovers

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    • 31 January 2014 07:39, by Mi diit

      You are back from where? Refugee camps? Ahahaaaaaaa........cowards! Just believe in your Ugandan husbands who are currently sleeping with your women even some men free of charge. You shamed South Sudanese for bringing foreigners to help you cowards. Shame on you so called majority!!! Majority only in eating!!!

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      • 31 January 2014 07:54, by Wicdail

        Mi diit,
        I assure you, Dinkas can mobilized a million phus army with modern military equips, but they will never ever defeat Nuer warriors. This is well confirmed worldwide.

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        • 31 January 2014 11:11, by Hardlinner

          Wicdail, you nuer talk like kids. Where were your nuer warriors during south sudan liberation struggle?. If kiir had indeed kept spla the same way it was during liberation time, he wouldn’t have needed ugandans troops to assist him fight those nuer looters. The next spla must be made up of 70% dinkas, 20% other tribes and 10% nuers that the peace in ss will restore. Increasing criminals/nuers was

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          • 31 January 2014 13:24, by Tom D

            To those who does not know South Sudan history during struggle, if you know those who liberated South Sudan from 1983- 2005 you better ask late Garang. The freedom fighters were, Nyuon Bany Machar, John Kong Nyuon, General Hoth Mai, Gattiek Diar Rial, Top Yai, and Puok Koang. Who were those commanders? Nuer> If you talk about defection, Does Kiir defected in 2004 or not? Kiir defected

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        • 31 January 2014 11:24, by Hardlinner

          Cont.. increasing criminals/nuer in the spla was greatest mistake made by kiir. Only dinkas and others tribes minus nuers can safe guard the stability of south sudan nation. Nuer can be allow rule ss but can never be tasked to protect the nation. Their self centre primtivity can never allow them to treat nation matters above tribal matters.

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        • 31 January 2014 16:14, by Whortti Bor Manza

          Where is that mobilization? All the Dinka militiamen stationed by Kiir along the road from Mundri, Amadi, Lanyi,Jambo, Tapare, Rokon, Kuda, Nyamini, Luri and Juba were all swept away. Bother, I wish you will be alive for the next six months. All the Nuers and Non Dinka will join force to clear these insects called Jieng. Learn from Rwanda 1994.

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      • 31 January 2014 08:08, by Tut Tut

        Midit, These Dinka looters have no sense of shame leave alone reserve.They are so scare to the point of turning themselves in to anyone who can help them at all cost.The question is, why would someone dare to mess and conspire against someone with whom he/she is so inferior too? They shamelessly say Nuer is a tribe, but why they try to invite the world to fight this single tribe on their behave?

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        • 31 January 2014 08:31, by LL Reuben

          Tut Tut,
          You’re the one who should be embarrassed yourself if you actually have any atom of shame in you. Your Nuer types were allowed to RSS by the Dinka and now without a shame you turn around and called the Dinka cowards. You’ve been an Arab slave along with your godfather Riek Machar from 1991-2002-2005, it was the Dinka who offered you an amnesty to rejoin your brothers in RSS...

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          • 31 January 2014 08:37, by Wicdail

            LL Re—
            Why Dinkas always forgives Nuers and other tibes in the land of RSS? Are you saying that you own this nation?

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          • 31 January 2014 08:38, by LL Reuben

            it is clear that the same Dinka "coward" will be the one to offer you another amnesty after all this war of greed you’ve orchestrated once again. The international community, Arab world (including Sudan your former ally), East African community, AU, you name them, are all tired of your chaotic ways. It will take another belligerent fool of your kind to support your causes in this war...

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            • 31 January 2014 08:41, by LL Reuben

              Riek is using very young children from Lou and Jikeny Nuer to fight this war and he thinks he can win using child soldiers?

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              • 31 January 2014 09:04, by Tut Tut

                LL, this cheap shots still inferior indeed given such silly imaging one tribe as giver and the rest as receivers.This time around the true notion of the very amnesty must be defined so that inferior folks cease to misuse it.Hay,don’t forget the idea of Independent S.Sudan has its owners and its owners know to protect and respect it.Sovereignty is not a thing for trade but a matter of life.

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                • 31 January 2014 09:31, by LL Reuben

                  Tut Tut,
                  Oh yeah, here we go again. Isn’t this your other attempt to position yourself and your cohorts as some sort of reasonable human beings? Well, I am sorry but I don’t expect you to lecture to me how the independence of RSS was secured and attained from reigning regimes in northern Sudan. To pledge ownership you must be stead fasted and be physically available to guard and protect that...

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                  • 31 January 2014 09:33, by LL Reuben

                    that certain property from external destructors. The independence of RSS was secured by the commitments made by those who never wavered during the heavy rain or scorch sun; it was not secured by the actions of those who were running in between Khartoum and the liberated regions of Southern Sudan. Which side were you on before we proceed any further?

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                    • 31 January 2014 10:21, by Tut Tut

                      Off course you are not in business of claiming that reasoning is an alien factor to someone based on his/her community as whole.If that is your claim, then you have to tempt with the fact that your thinking capacity is preconditioned by an illusive attitude of some members of your community. Remember,some years back you campaigned against the pro Independent calling them separatists.

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                      • 31 January 2014 10:48, by LL Reuben

                        Fair enough, and just as so, I’ve just confirmed what I was driving at when I asked you initially. The entire scenario is truly in black and white if you would not flatly reject it to be described as such as it is. And so I will put it simply like this: If I was running between Khartoum and Southern Sudan during the liberation wars, I’d be complete imbecile to attribute myself any credit for...

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                        • 31 January 2014 10:59, by LL Reuben

                          sacrifices made that has allowed the attainment of RSS an independent state today. "Action speaks louder than word" the say goes; you should always be ready to provide substantial historical facts to make your case. An effortless assertion sound pathetic and more of the "preconditioned" that you’re tossing recklessly up there. Do you mind explaining how your self-proclaimed "separatists" actions..

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                          • 31 January 2014 11:08, by LL Reuben

                            translate into meaningful efforts that has allowed the RSS to consequently separate from the Khartoum? Most of your militias fought our gallant forces while in alliance with Khartoum some of them were reduced to mere oil fields guards by Khartoum from 1991 until 2005 when late Paulino Matip 50 thousands militias were given an amnesty by Pres. Kiir and were subsequently integrated into SPLA...

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                            • 31 January 2014 11:21, by LL Reuben

                              So, somehow while Riek and his commanders from his Nasir Faction all allied to the regime in Khartoum and in an apparent face of oddities, they mysterious made their case for "separate" Southern Sudan. This can’t be so in a real world! Khartoum didn’t want Southern Sudan to break away from it because of obvious reasons. It takes proficient intelligence and selfless scarifies to achieve what...

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                              • 31 January 2014 11:28, by LL Reuben

                                what we called THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH SUDAN today. Having been an assistant to Omar Bashier and being his English interpreter didn’t contribute any help to our case it added hurdles to our case. Guarding oil fields in our own region; where the money yielded from the wells goes to Khartoum didn’t help in any way either. Fighting on the side of Khartoum led down in a big way too.

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          • 31 January 2014 20:55, by Dr B2

            Mr LRA, better to hide ur self in Congo jungle forest, Kiir Gov is ending believe me, Ugandan troops are fulling out by all mean whether by fighting or peace they are GOING,kiir will be held in custody for 95 years life in prison,BELIEF ME. I am Medical Doctor qualified from EGYPT i hve more information world wide has rule out that no coup was done because Kiir as a barrel minded does,t know coup.

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            • 31 January 2014 22:37, by william

              I do not know why the word doctor Dr a curse to south Sudanese instead being beneficial to people look at history mr traitor riak, Lam and another permanent head dead appeared today!Please that nguondeng prophecy is too remote and dysfunctional absolutely.

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        • 31 January 2014 11:37, by Hardlinner

          Nuer where were you cowards during liberation struggle?. You are only known for destruction and looting of other people properties. Also since when have you been superior to dinkas?. I can sure you that when juba was in bahr el ghazal, kiir won’t worries to bring in ugandans. All he would have done was arm the gelweng bahr el ghazal to neutralise nuer rebellion.

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  • 31 January 2014 09:41, by Majongdit

    There will be no Riek as President of South Sudan with or without Uganda forces; and with or without democracy.
    The world knows...our former enemies, Sudan know...and Riek knows very well that he cannot win the country’s leadership by force unless it is a rebellion supported by Dinka and Equatoria.

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  • 31 January 2014 10:52, by Sudan virus

    Good decision!That is sign of good cooperation between African countries.

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  • 31 January 2014 14:02, by Deng Tut

    Salva Kiir Mayardthii, with his Gelweng force will face big consequences sooner and white army is coming back to Juba and Malakal. Gelweng will be teaching good lesson by the White Army, just a matter of days. Now in Bentiu people are running because Tonggiying is nearby the town.

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