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March 7, 2014 (JUBA) - A South Sudanese official on Saturday described as "incorrect" media reports that Juba had requested the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) countries to deploy troops to protect its oil fields.

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South Sudan’s presidential spokesperson speaking during a press conference in Khartoum on 2 March 2014 (Photo: Ebrahim Hamid/AFP)

Ateny Wek Ateny, the spokesperson for the presidency told Sudan Tribune that the proposal came from individual member countries of the East African regional bloc.

“What has been attributed to me to have said in Khartoum is incorrect. My statements were recorded and I have the audio. What has been said is not what I said. It is a misrepresentation of the statements I made before our ambassador and the other officials who were at the press conference with me," Ateny clarified.

"I did not say the government of the republic of South Sudan had asked for deployment of troops from IGAD member countries. I said the government of the republic of South Sudan had received a proposal from individual IGAD member countries seeking to deploy troops to protect oil fields," he stressed.

Ateny, however, said his government was still studying the proposed idea before any decision was taken.

The presidential spokesperson also claimed he was misquoted about the security situation in the capital, Juba when asked by a Khartoum-based journalist.

“I was asked about security situation in Juba, because there was impression that it is not secure. I told them I live in Juba and the security situation there is like here in Khartoum. If you live in Khartoum you do not feel any threat of war but if you go to Darfur and other parts of this country, you feel the war”, Ateny told Sudan Tribune in an exclusive interview on Saturday.

The official was reacting to statements attributed to him at a press conference in the Sudanese capital during a visit he undertook as part of efforts to advance his government’s version of the conflict which broke out in the new nation last year.

Ateny, who was accompanied by South Sudan army spokesperson, Philip Aguer, also visited the Egyptian capital, Cairo and later Nairobi, Kenya on a similar mission.

Up to 10,000 people have reportedly been killed and nearly a million displaced when violence broke out in Juba on 15 December and later extended to three of the country’s 10 states, while an additional close to 200, 000 people have fled to neighbouring countries.

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  • 9 March 07:38, by Wicdail

    Whenever I saw this useless guy call Ateney Ateney; I even hate myself to be a South Sudanese. I don’t know where did he acquired is education? The man has no ethics and morality at all.

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    • 9 March 07:38, by Ahmed Chol

      "Rotten to the core" Bhar el Ghazal thug with a flip-flop. You Bhar el Ghazal people prioritized food more than anything else. During the war, you start looting before a town is completely captured. You have just ruined the country more than the Arabs did. Nuer + Bhar el Ghazal = Disaster!!!

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    • 9 March 07:47, by Wicdail

      Kirr and Ateney Ateney are the curse to this nation in general, and to the Dinka tribe in particular. Look at this link blow. http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article50152

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    • 9 March 07:53, by Chol Mading

      Ateny needs to know his job and how he does it, this guy at some occasions acted as the president of the Republic instead of spoke person. How many times now he back track his statement? shameful indeed. Our country is weak b/c of this weak president..we’re seeking help from everyone..Uganda, IGAD, Sudan, Kenya, and now Eritrea. Who would it be tomorrow????

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    • 9 March 08:06, by Malou Manyiel

      Wicdial or whatever your name is,
      The personal weaknesses of Ateny Aweek Ateny has nothing to do with Bhar El Ghazal as a whole to the extent of hatting yourself as South Sudanese. Your comment shows that you are not South Sudanese because South Sudan is more than an individual. I know that Ateny is weak due to his rush to the media and denial.

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      • 9 March 08:42, by Wicdail

        Malou Manyiel,
        Thanks you so much for admitting the fact that Ateny Ateny is irresponsible fellow. I hate him more than Kirr. He is so stupid. Imagine a presidential’ spokesman could use his real name at online hates debates which are 99% on tribal bases; what sort of a government is that? This is telling to everyone that Kirr is tribal as his spokesperson. Otherwise, he couldn’t appoint him.

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  • 9 March 07:38, by Ahmed Chol

    "Rotten to the core" Bhar el Ghazal thug with a flip-flop. You Bhar el Ghazal people prioritized food more than anything else. During the war, you start looting before a town is completely captured. You have just ruined the country more than the Arabs did. Nuer + Bhar el Ghazal = Disaster!!!

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  • 9 March 07:40, by omoni jr.

    Is this kingkong or ateny weak ateny?? Hahahaha.
    What a confuse insect !!! Ateny and Makuei Lueth are killing SPLM .

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    • 9 March 07:57, by jijury

      Here in Malakal we’re laughing at those Bahr al Gazal idiots and their incompetent president. South Sudan Civilians are dying day and night and the only thing this government is interested in is oil. what a bunch thugs well Kiir’s one eye press secretary may’ve missed what he wrote 2days ago due to his disability. Mr. Ateny, we are not all blind we still retain the copy of your statement.

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  • 9 March 07:46, by wang

    Hahahahahah, Ateny always throughout unthinkable speeches and denying those he said later when they analyzing the coasts. Oil has declined to 30% and those remaining 30% will be shutdown soon…how this poor administration leads by Mrs. Kiir will keep up feeding those wild Eastern African soliders(IGAD)?

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    • 9 March 08:07, by jijury

      When British waged war against Nuer in 1900 British bombed Ngundeng Bong’s pyramid thinking that the war will be over. that didn’t happen. Nuer fought British from 1900 to 1937 until British gave up and came for peace. Idiots Kiir thinks that killing Nuer Civilians will end the fight. well, Mr. Incompetent, your grave is waiting for you. Nuer will not stop even you bring the whole east Africa.

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      • 9 March 09:35, by LL Reuben

        jijury,
        The Nuer did not win any war against the condominium rulers neither did the Dinka or the Azande. The Brits, the Egyptians and their Arabs-slaved soldiers were far more powerful than their primitive nemesis – the Dinka, the Nuer or the Azandis for that matter. They’d automatic weaponry of which the mentioned primitive tribes didn’t have any. Yes, the Nuer did put up fights but it was due..

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        • 9 March 09:40, by LL Reuben

          to a bitter resentment and contemptuousness against the way the foreigners were conducting an uncanny business in a secluded part of the world at the time – the method of their conduct had never been known to anyone. In another wording, the Nuer like the Dinka had no other choices but to fight their bitter enemy, whose orders and conducts never resonated with the lifestyles of the mentioned...

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          • 9 March 09:43, by LL Reuben

            tribes. But it was all misery on the side of Nuer (or any of those tribe who fought the Condominium rulers) as the foreigners were armed with automatic guns and would always win the fight decisively. In most cases after the occurrence of the fight, a tribe (Dinka, Nuer …) will lose close to hundreds youth fighters, but a single personal or none would be lost on the enemy’s side at most...

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            • 9 March 09:46, by LL Reuben

              Coming back to this war, I can tell you that the Nuer(Riek’s supporters) have already lost this war as everyone knew from the beginning. With the exception of Malakal (Which is hanging by the thread from being recaptured by the SPLA) your fighters are confined to two villages of Nasir and Akobo. The inspired Ngundeng teenage militias are dying in large numbers, they killing a great...

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              • 9 March 09:51, by LL Reuben

                number of innocent civilians unprecedentedly, they’re looting everything, they’re burning down what any visible infrastructures; so it is fair to say that these action are the accomplishments of Riek and his followers so far.

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              • 9 March 13:25, by Naath

                LL Reuben.South Sudanese people will win this war very soon,even though hopeless kiir hiring fake Nigeria propet with south sudanese money,this guys will not going back to Nigeria believe me,he will die those kiir brought from Uganda and die.south -sudanese will not lose this war,soon Greaters Upper Nile will fall soon,Dinka B gazal will lose the match soon

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        • 9 March 19:46, by Ankh

          LL
          You must be a white man. Never met an African who uses the word ’primitive’ to describe his ancestors.

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  • 9 March 16:57, by Kim Deng

    Jaang did not and cannot confront Mighty Nuer Warriors in battlefields without asking for outside help since 1800s.

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  • 9 March 16:58, by Kim Deng

    The following year (1917) the British launched a major punitive expedition against the Lou Nuer, resulted in heavy casualties have been inflicted on both sides. Few days later, the Gaawar and elements of Lou Nuer launched a large-scale raid that penetrated deep into Southern Dinka territory, following the now familiar pattern established in 1914 and 1916.

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  • 9 March 16:59, by Kim Deng

    Seventy villages were burned down to ashes and the crops destroyed, over two hundred Dinka were killed, four hundred young women and children were taken as captives and three thousand cattle taken. A Nuer raiding party with an estimated strength of fifteen hundred Warriors also attacked the government post at Duk Faiwil in the course of this raid.

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  • 9 March 17:04, by Kim Deng

    Under the command of Lt. Col. Bacon a powerful patrol was finally launched against the Eastern Jikany Nuer from Nasir in January 1920, complete with machine guns and airplanes. The three sections of Eastern Jikany Nuer Warriors attacked the advanced troops; sustaining heavy losses conflicted on both sides including the life of Lt. Col. Bacon. The Jikany Warriors were led by Captain Mut Dung.

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    • 9 March 18:55, by jijury

      Ruben, perhaps you need to consult with your British to learn. Nuer in the history of Sudan was the only tribe that shutdown British royal airplane. Read Sudan history in Arabic so you will learn. British was defeated in Nuerland. Captain Mut Dung was the one who defeated the British. there were a few British administrators in Nuerland but brought in after Sudan got independence.

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