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Juba denies Sudan rebels involved in South Sudan conflict


February 22, 2014 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government has strongly dismissed reports alleging that is was harbouring Sudanese rebels in the country to help it fight dissent forces loyal to its former vice-president, Riek Machar.

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A picture taken on 2 July showing some fighters of the rebel Justice and Equality Movement in undisclosed area in South Kordofan (Photo JEM)

"There is nothing like that. We do not have foreign forces hostile to their governments inside the territory of the republic of South Sudan. If there is something which the Sudanese press wants to cover with these unfounded allegations, then they should say it,” South Sudan presidential spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny told Sudan Tribune Saturday.

The presidential spokesperson was reacting to an article published on Sudan Vision, a government newspaper, Saturday entitled “Juba, Sudanese Rebel Movements, What Then". The article said Sudanese rebel groups now want a recompense after taking part in the fight against Machar’s forces.

"The important question what is the future of the Sudanese rebel groups which fought along the South Sudanese government? The Sudanese rebel movements are waiting for political reward from the South Sudanese government for engagement in the fighting", said the report.

"Actually we do not want to point fingers though we believe the rebels of Riek Machar are getting foreign support,” he added, stressing the significance of the September 2012 Cooperation Agreement between Sudan and South Sudan.

"We cannot do that," the spokesperson said, denying that his government provides any support to the Sudanese rebel groups. He stressed that the two countries have agreed to work together for peace and stability for the mutual benefits and other interests to their citizens and the region.

"If we want foreign support from foreign forces as an independent state, and we think Sudan is the right country, we will approach the government of Sudan as we did with the government of Uganda for military supports," he said.

Sudan, despite its previous accusations against Juba, announced its support to the elected president Salva Kiir. The Sudanese President Omer Al-Bashir visited Juba on 6 January where he announced his support to his South Sudan counterpart.

However Khartoum has shown some frustration from the presence of Ugandan troops in the South Sudan. Museveni is seen as seeking to destabilise Bashir’s regime. Kampala harbours the Sudanese rebel groups and accused of providing them military training and weapons.

The South Sudanese rebels during the past weeks accused the Sudanese Justice and Equality Movement of participating with the SPLA forces in the recapture of the capital of Unity state, Bentiu. But JEM rebels strongly dismissed the accusations.

The spokesperson of South Sudan army (SPLA) equally refuted allegations of being supported by Sudanese rebels, describing them as "unfounded statements on rebel propaganda"

“The Sudanese press should observe the growing relations between the two countries and report accordingly. They should not rely on the media reports based on propaganda statements by the rebels about the alleged presence of the Sudanese rebels,” Col. Philip Aguer told Sudan Tribune.

"First of all, we have said time and again that there are no Sudanese rebels in the Republic of South Sudan, let alone the unfounded allegations that they are fighting alongside us. The rebel themselves have issued repeated statements clarifying these allegations, yet the Sudanese press continue to ignore these for reasons best known to them”, he added.

The military officer did not, however, hint on whether South Sudan government would request an explanation from Sudanese authorities about persistent reports that its army provides support to Machar rebels currently fighting forces loyal to President Kiir.

Since the start of the inter-South Sudanese crisis in December 2013, many foreign officials urged both sides to halt military hostilities and settle the conflict peacefully.

Many hands pointed to the eventual involvement of the Sudanese government as the South Sudanese oil production is shipped through Khartoum.

Last December, Machar said oil production would not be stopped and pledged to place revenues from oil in an extra account until the conflict is over.

Some analysts went to say that the rebel leader would seek to struck an alliance with Khartoum to ensure continuation of oil exportation to save it’s troubled economy.

However, since the Juba army regained control of oil areas in Unity and Upper Nile state, the oil field have remained in the hands of government forces.

Bashir and Kiir discussed in their meeting of January ways to ensure the continuation of oil flow through the Sudanese pipeline, but the two sides dismissed reports about the deployment of a joint forces to protect the production fields.

Fighting between the South Sudanese government troops and the rebels has displaced hundreds of thousands of people since December last year. Several lives have also been lost.

Also talks between the two rival factions hit a deadlock early this week after it emerged that the rebels opposed to the leadership had taken full control of Malakal, the strategic Upper Nile state capital, located about 497km north-east of Juba.


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  • 23 February 2014 10:01, by omoni jr.

    Ateny weak Ateny.
    you are notorious liar ,freedom fighters captured over 400 JEMs and SPLA/N. Sudan government knows that you are a liar,no need to argue with fools like you.

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    • 23 February 2014 12:37, by Oppressor

      You are right cowards mighty rats of splmn & jem they have killed the innocent children of nuer & raped girls looted Bentiu city bank 15 billion Pounds plus civilian cars destroyed villages & main cities of nuer but freedom fighters will never forget this & i wish we can give support to Machar to kill them all...

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  • 23 February 2014 10:07, by Tutbol

    It is amasing how these Europeans, US & their evil agents of choas are desperately looking for anything/anyone to involve in S Sudan conflict on the side of their puppet Riek Machar. N Sudan has its own massive problems that its failed resolve let alone poking its Nose into S Sudan issues that would blow in its face badly should it tries to meddle....

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    • 23 February 2014 10:17, by Tutbol

      JEM has not liberated their Darfur state militarily & to come & fight for S Sudan’s govt doesn’t just makes sense, but as always; our low IQ nuers like Mi diit are giving this piece of propaganda a credence. The Nuers loved to go & servile to theIR so=called Arab N Sudan. They cannot feel ashame to ask their Arab masters for direct help instead of using a cheap propaganda that a human beings...

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      • 23 February 2014 10:27, by Tutbol

        with brains won’t buy. They have done it before, made a senseless armed rebellion, ran to Khartoum for help, came back to S Sudan to make another nuer rebellion & now they are begging Khartoum for another shot of help! What a community? And this is the same community that even have some guts to tell S Sudanese that it has a capable leader that can lead the whole of S Sudan!....

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        • 23 February 2014 10:39, by Tutbol

          A leader that thinks & rush decisions like 6 years’s old baby. The community aim right now, is to hook up again with SAF like they did in 1990th, so that they will be made oil watch men again by the & their Riek Machar be made Al Bashir vice president again in the N Sudan just as they did in 1990th. What a community! Do not feel ashame go on....

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          • 23 February 2014 10:47, by Tutbol

            no one can stop your choatic community, you community have done before & it can do it again as it wishes. But you community must be aware 2014 is not 1990th. Your Nuer community oil wells in unity state are not even operational, if your community aim is to be N Sudan’s oil watch men like in 1990th, then your nuer community must know that...

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            • 23 February 2014 10:57, by Tutbol

              the Upper Nile states oil wells are not in the Nuer community’s lands & if that is what your nuer community desperately needs, to control the oil fields then it is better your nuer community sticks to your Unity state oil wells. Other than that, S Sudanese communities would not allow an unruly community to mess up their economics prospects.

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  • 23 February 2014 10:12, by Peter Puoch Ruot

    Parade these 400 JEM and embarrass this one eye liar on international media

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  • 23 February 2014 10:17, by Pif Paf

    Ateny weak,
    We are not waiting for you to admit or refuse your support to the SRF nor are we waiting for SRF to admit or refuse its support to the SPLM. We have one of the best intelligence services on the continent and we will act on our findings accordingly.

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    • 23 February 2014 11:07, by Darkangel

      First JEM are mercenaries they fight for whoever pays them. The west paid them millions for Darfur and now SK & Blue Nile. Now Uganda & S Sudan for fighting Machar. The sad new is coming out slowly, but i have info that will shock you all !!

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    • 23 February 2014 11:10, by Darkangel

      4 days before the fighting started S Sudan & China were going to sign an economic agreement worth Billions. Oil as collateral - china was going to agree to build 4 highways in South Sudan - to Port Sudan, Addis, Uganda & Kenya. Also included was a new Intr Airport & infrastructure projects including schools & army barracks. Some western powers did not want china to sign this deal, because ....

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    • 23 February 2014 11:13, by Darkangel

      The do not want China’s influence to grown, plus taking away their advantage of their companies getting cheap deals and the millions for UN staff. The unleashed their dogs in South Sudan - Pagan, Ezekiel and Deng Alor to cause trouble & pit a war between Kiir/Machar & Dinka/Nuer. Like i said before the west is playing you both to control your resources and kick china out.

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  • 23 February 2014 11:11, by Mapuor

    in 1991 Dinka dominated SPLA defeated Nyagaats of Nuers and militias from other places and forced Mr Riek and Mr Lam to surrender to Khartoum.Why complain now of involvement of Sudanese rebels.SPLA this year has been reorganized and is ready to flush out Nuer militias who are busy looting Chollo and Dinka Padang in Upper Nile.Lou Nuer got what it deserved,vultures celebrated on them.

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    • 23 February 2014 11:17, by Darkangel

      People! This is bigger than Kiir/Machar/Bashir/SPLMN/JEM/Sudan/S Sudan or anyone. This is AFRICOM causing chaos in the whole region to intervene & have eventual control - So Africas resources stay in Western hands & not left for Russia or China. Mali, Nigeria, CAR, Sudan South Sudan, its all about causing civil wars like Iraq/Afghanistan so they come in with UN & then take over with themselves.

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      • 23 February 2014 16:41, by 4Justice
        • 23 February 2014 18:26, by Tutbol

          That link of Yours tells its all of who is behind this senseless war in S Sudan. It all about getting China out of S Sudan & the US needs to find somebody in S Sudan to do it on the US behave, and that someone is Riek Machar. Many Africans living in the US & some living in Africa have been trained by the AFRICOM to use in any country the US wants to destabalised...

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          • 23 February 2014 18:38, by Tutbol

            Remember for 4justice, CIA & the UK M16 are the ones that trained Al Qada rebels fighting the Syrian govt purposely to get rid of Russia in Syria? They have done it in Libya by getting rid of Chinese in the Libyan oil fields. They have done it in Chad by installing their puppet who canceled the Chinese mineral companies in Chad & replaced them with the US & Europeans campanies...

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            • 23 February 2014 18:50, by Tutbol

              Now they (the US & Europe) want the same game be replicated in S Sudan. They want to instal someone who will cancel the Chinese contracts & investment in S Sudan & be replaced with the US & Europeans campanies. Remember for 4justice, the Pipeline is was built by the Chinese with own money? But US thinks as always, it is entitled to own other countries infrastructure that it didn’t work for....

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              • 23 February 2014 19:04, by Tutbol

                Remember 4justice when the govt of S Sudan shut down its oil pumps in 2011? The first country that the S Sudan govt asked to construct an alternative pipeline was the US refused saying that the Chinese pipeline through N Sudan is just fine, Japan offered to construct an alternative pipeline, but was block by the US & the UK. Remember 4justice, right after S Sudan’s independence...

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                • 23 February 2014 19:13, by Tutbol

                  the govt of S Sudan took its entire cabinet to Washington to convince US campanies to come invest in S Sudan, the govt of S Sudan was told that they don’t have infrastructures in place in their country. And the govt of S Sudan went to China as the Chinese to help S Sudan in infrastucture investments, the US was angry with the govt of S Sudan for turning to China & abandoned the US!

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                  • 23 February 2014 19:22, by Tutbol

                    And now the US & Europe are trying everything they can to get rid of Chinese in S Sudan, even if it means to kill innocent S Sudanese in the process, the US or the Europeans don’t care. All these propaganda about a tribal war between the Dinka & the Nuers is a ploy. The elephant is in the room is the US & the Europe want the Chinese out in S Sudan by using S Sudanese themselves to do it...

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                    • 23 February 2014 19:30, by Tutbol

                      Which will not happen. The US & the Europeans have just mess up their relationship with S Sudanese. Killing S Sudanese by using S Sudanese, just to get the US & Europeans to come & steal or loot S Sudanese riches isn’t going to sit well with S Sudanese.

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                      • 23 February 2014 19:47, by Tutbol

                        4justice, The US & Europeans are cowardest of all people in this world. They are like cowards who love to pick on the weakest people in the community, it is in their culture. If the US & the Europe think that China is their threats, then why don’t they themselves stop trading with China? Why don’t they go & fight China in China’s soils & once they defeat China they can come & take up Chinese....

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                        • 23 February 2014 19:56, by Tutbol

                          investments in places such as S Sudan? Because should the US or Europeans take their evils games they often played in weaker countries such like S Sudan to China; they know would be sent back packing with bloody noses. China doesn’t even hold elections & evils in the US & Europe know to keep their distances. You notice in that Article 4justice, how the writer termed President Kiir....

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                          • 23 February 2014 20:05, by Tutbol

                            "president for life" many S Sudanese do not wants Kiir beyond 2015 in power, they do not want Riek Machar either nor do they want anyone involved in the so-called $4 billion theft. The US, European countries and even the countries in our region were asked to help identify those who swindled that $4 billion with their banks, but they are not interested to do it....

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                            • 23 February 2014 20:16, by Tutbol

                              because they have to keep that so that they can use that for blackmails & for propaganda purposes when its suit the US or Europeans. The US Mr. 4justice, is the most corrupted country in the world, only that it has legalised its corruptions. Starting with the congress, senate & presidential elections, there are what they called compaign contributions, to an individual congressman/woman...

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                              • 23 February 2014 20:27, by Tutbol

                                to a senator or to a party by the rich indiviuals or a companies, so that when their prefered individual congressmen/women, senators or their prefered party get into power, then the compaign contributors get paybacks by giving the compaign contributors special govt contracts & by writing laws that help & protect the compaign contributors interests...

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                                • 23 February 2014 20:54, by Tutbol

                                  Is that the real democarcy that the US wants other countries copy? That is not a democracy, it is rather a special interest groups ’interestocracy’, that is all about buying elections.
                                  And Mr. 4justice, as always, l love your links. Keep posting them.

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  • 23 February 2014 11:44, by Whortti Bor Manza

    Ateny Wek is a typical idiotic fool and a moron. These are not hidden facts, JEM forces are seen every where in Wau town after leaving their bases in Bandalla Former game warden station in WES, nagero county. Come on foolish Wek, you cannot fool the world. Just travel from Tombura to Wau, JEM training camp is visible to any body.

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    • 23 February 2014 12:54, by Bentiu son

      The one eyedman Ateny Wek Ateny should shut his nattering mouth for often defensing his step father- in law Salva Kiir who impregnated his concubine’s daughter. Ateny had concubined the wife of hero late William Nyuon whose daughter was impregnated by Salva Kiir Mayardit two years ago.Dinka thugs feeding the public with pure lies won’t rescue your collapsing Dinka Kingdom in RSS.

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  • 23 February 2014 19:14, by Kalo

    Those nyagats supporters and NCP Jababys could you give evident show presence of SRF,If jalabas are interesting to support Riek Machar,go on Machar will still be failure like b4,midiit said 400 capture,where are the photos,lair,all of you are stupid,if we support Kiir,no nyagat will remain in South Sudan soil,we have our own business ,own enemy jalabas.

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