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Sudan denies training South Sudan rebels


April 15, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The spokesperson of the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF), Al-Sawarmi Khalid Saad, has dismissed claims South Sudanese rebels led by former vice-president Riek Machar are being trained at camps inside Sudan.

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Rebel fighters aligned with former vice-president Riek Machar march in a village inside rebel-controlled territory in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state on 9 February 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

In a statement released from Khartoum, Saad described the comments, attributed to the spokesman for the South Sudanese army (SPLA), Philip Aguer, as “false and unfounded”.

Saad was reacting to a report in the Londan-based Asharq Alawsat newspaper on Tuesday, in which Aguer said rebel troops that attacked Unity state capital Bentiu this week were trained inside Sudan.

“What we know now is that Machar forces received training inside Sudanese territory and under the supervision of the government army,” he said.

The South Sudanese government conceded on Tuesday that rebel forces are in full control of Bentiu and that its troops had withdrawn following heavy clashes which erupted over the weekend.

Aguer told Asharq Alawsat that South Sudanese rebels are present in the Heglig and Kharsana areas in West Kordofan state.

He said the SPLA would respond militarily, but it was up to the Juba administration to take appropriate political measures to address the issue.

However, Saad stressed Sudanese forces had no intention of interfering in the domestic affairs of its Southern neighbour, saying it would continue to maintain a neutral position on the conflict.

Earlier this month, South Sudan accused Sudan of attacking its oil-rich border regions where government forces loyal to president Salva Kiir are battling pro-Machar rebels.

In a report published in the Wall Street Journal, Aguer said Sudanese warplanes had carried out targeted bombing raids in Unity state

He also claimed Sudan is amassing ground troops in several disputed regions along the border, including Abyei, suggesting Khartoum was positioning itself to redraw the border by force.

The claims emerged a few days after Kiir paid a visit to Khartoum, where he met with his Sudanese counterpart, Omer Hassan al-Bashir to discuss security and border matters, as well as provide an update on the situation in South Sudan.

Saad said there is no basis for the allegations, which he said are an attempt by some circles to destabilise relations between the two countries.

He said SAF remained committed to providing protection to large numbers of South Sudanese refugees who crossed into the area between Heglig and Kharasana following the eruption of violence in mid-December last year.

He said refugees in the area were also receiving assistance from humanitarian aid organisations.

According to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), more than 44,000 people have arrived in Sudan since the conflict erupted.


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  • 16 April 2014 10:01, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Khartoum cann’t dismise accuse for good, due SPLA have evident of SAF supporting rebels led Riek Machar. In first attacked on sunday at scene of Bentiu oil hub capital, SAF bodies were lying on the ground and training centre is Helig and some were base in Kharasana where they came for attacked on oil intallation field. Unform and amiunitions written for sudan were found.

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    • 16 April 2014 10:31, by Rommel

      It’s clear that Khartoum has been supporting the rebels since December when they were in control of Gadiang. I don’t know why Juba seems surprised that Khartoum would support Riek’s forces; far from being strained and riven, the ties between Khartoum and Riek remain intimate, despite the fact that Khartoum made an absolute fool of Riek during the late 90s.

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    • 16 April 2014 10:32, by Rommel

      It’s clear that Khartoum has been supporting the rebels since December when they were in control of Gadiang. I don’t know why Juba seems surprised that Khartoum would support Riek’s forces; far from being strained and riven, the ties between Khartoum and Riek remain intimate, despite the fact that Khartoum made an absolute fool of Riek during the late 90s.

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      • 16 April 2014 10:47, by Rommel

        It’s interesting to note that the attack on Bentiu didn’t come from within the current borders of Unity State; Riek’s forces came from occupied Southern territories in the Unity triangle — Toor Aliiny (’Heglig’), Mijak-yiith (’Karassana’) and Kol Delek (’Keilak’). These areas are currently occupied by Khartoum.

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    • 16 April 2014 10:34, by Joseph Canada

      Even if this a ligations were true do you think it was a wrong thing for the SAF to back the rebels up? No You are Using the JEM,SPLM N, and UPDF. These are the enemy of Sudan. This can means that a payback is a bitch right? . You Started the fire. So can you extinguish or just let Aguer cover it up?

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      • 16 April 2014 10:55, by Rommel

        Joseph Canada:
        Nice try, but Khartoum has been destabilizing South Sudan long before the SPLM-N or the SRF came into being. Reports from International Crisis Group have comprehensively documented Khartoum’s support to the LRA in their destabilizing activities in South Sudan all the way back in 2006 — years before there was an SPLM-N.

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        • 16 April 2014 11:59, by Darkangel

          Racist, hater Rommel always showing your ignorance. Krt destabilising S Sudan! You moron it was part of Sudan. SPLM-N was part of the SPLM which help establish the darfur SLM and all were funded & supported by the West Via Uganda, Ethiopia & Eritrea. So theyre are many bad apples in this basket !

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  • 16 April 2014 10:58, by Mapuor

    Hahahah regionalization of the conflict. which was started by the disgruntled group has already began.Khartoum and Addis are supporting rebels while Egypt will not wait to see its potential allies defeated.Dinkas and Nuer have enough redundant youth to do the fighting since their youth abhor farming.HooooEthiopian Renaissance dam must surely die.Riek will be overwhelmed and defeated,SPLA OYEEE

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    • 16 April 2014 11:07, by Mapuor

      Any rational being would understand that there will be no peace in Sudan,Ethiopia,South Sudan, Eriteria and Somalia.Bashir,Riek Macar and Hailemariam Deselgn will take full responsibility of the war which is going to depopulate the region.SPLA OYEE.ALLUTTA CONTINUA

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    • 16 April 2014 11:19, by Malakal county Simon

      Philip Aguer is too desperate by constantly creating liars, and hoping he will get promotion to the ranks of general just like Malek Ayuen.... The Genocidal government in Juba is no longer a ligtimate in the whole world, and Kiir will be ousted soon because we are on our way to Juba and to liberate South Sudanese people’s!!!!!

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      • 16 April 2014 12:04, by Rommel

        Malakal county Simon:
        You people are delusional. Riek recently said this about Salva: You are a discredited leader, you have committed massacres, I hope he accepts that," Machar said. Didn’t Riek not too long ago admit to committing massacres in the 90s when he put on a spectacular show, in which he apparently broke down in tears!?

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        • 16 April 2014 12:11, by Rommel

          Those crocodile tears were apparently meant to be received as genuine expressions of regret, when they were just derivatives of cynical and artful political calculation. Riek’s use of words like democracy, human rights and equality is insincere and altogether meaningless, when his past statements -and more importantly- his actions, are put under the microscope.

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    • 16 April 2014 12:39, by Letigolight

      Yes, Egypt plans to bomb the dam in Ethiopia and the one for Uganda that is now fighting for Kiir including sabotaging the Fulla project in Nimule!; that will not happen; let Kiir prepare his ass for a proper kick, because he does not want to step dowm peacefully; how could he sign a military pact with Egypt, we fought wars with the Muslim Brotherhood most of whom were Egyptians!

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      • 17 April 2014 05:24, by Wicdail

        It doesn’t worry me at all whatever lies or initiatives they take. Thanks God because we are dealing with dumb and desperate leaders (Kirr) and his guys. How did they foolishly make a deal with Egypt to intervene militarily? Does it mean that they are not aware that Egypt is militarily and economically threats to the great lake countries; including their godfather’s country (Musveni)?

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        • 17 April 2014 05:30, by Wicdail

          Coun. I think it’s now up M7 and his people whether to dumb Kirr or risk the their country’s security. But what I know is that, Kirr and his men have only left with two options, either go for exile or risk being capture alive.

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