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Sudan accuses Uganda of harbouring rebel groups

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May 3, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese government has accused Uganda of supporting and harbouring the rebel alliance of the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) and says it has continued to interfere in the country’s internal affairs since president Yoweri Museveni assumed power.

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Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni (Reuters)

The ruling National Congress Party (NCP) political secretary, Mustafa Osman Ismail, said in a talk show program on the state-run Sudan TV on Saturday that the Sudanese government has “pampered”” Museveni too much, adding that Sudan no longer has common borders with Uganda and does not support the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) as Kampala claims.

He called for launching international, African and regional lobby attacks on Uganda.

On 23 April, the Ugandan Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi said his country filed a complaint with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) about Sudan’s alleged support for LRA.

“We had hoped that we had put all this behind us, but sadly, Sudan has not stopped supporting Joseph Kony and the LRA,” Mbabazi reportedly said.

The strained relationship between Uganda and Sudan deteriorated further with Khartoum recently recalling its ambassador to Kampala Hussein Awad Ali, over long held suspicions that Uganda was harbouring Sudanese rebels.

In a separate issue, Ismail underscored his party’s keenness to engage all rebel groups in the national dialogue, disclosing existence of several scenarios for their participation including dispatching delegations of independent national figures to meet with them and listen to their views.

He held the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) responsible for the recent killing of Sudanese nationals in Bentiu, saying it suffered heavy losses including extermination of its troops in Bentiu as a result of its involvement in the ongoing conflict in South Sudan.

In a statement issued on 21 April, the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) confirmed that more than 200 civilians had reportedly been killed and over 400 wounded at a Bentiu mosque when the town changed hands the week before.

UNMISS also accused the rebel SPLM-In-Opposition of separating civilians along tribal lines, saying Darfuris were specifically targeted and killed at the hospital along with other civilians.

PEACE TALKS

The NCP official called upon the government negotiating team to be cautious in the next round of talks with the rebel Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), saying the latter’s signing of peace agreements is contingent upon receiving “foreign orders”.

He expressed his government’s readiness to allow the SPLM-N to take part in all Sudan’s issues following an end the war and resolving the issue of South Kordofan and Blue Nile.

Ismail further disclosed that several attempts were made to transfer the issue of the Two Areas to the UN Security Council (UNSC), saying the Sudanese diplomacy managed to abort them.

The African Union’s (AU) mediation team suspended the stalled peace process aimed at ending the conflict in the Two Areas on Wednesday, as the government and SPLM-N delegations once again failed to conclude a framework agreement.

Last March, the AU Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) asked the head of the AU High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP), Thabo Mbeki, to broker the talks in order to reach an agreement by 30 April 2014.

The AU mediators are expected to report to the AUPSC for further guidance.

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  • 4 May 07:22, by Mi diit

    Sudan should not allow itself to be cheated by Museveni and Salva Kiir. These two criminals are harboring, training and arming the Sudanese rebel groups. Act before it is too late for you. Sudan should agree with the rebels under the wise leader Dr. Riek Machar to free South Sudan from criminal national and foreign leaders and their allied rebels from Sudan.

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    • 4 May 08:02, by Chol A.

      Midiit your hopeless leader is second to ICC list for war crimes with Bashir and you will hear this news soon. Please remind me if you not hear it by the end of this month.

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    • 4 May 22:03, by Southern Boy

      Hi mi dit
      you are realy stoppid what are you supported from stoppid Dr Machar, killing incent pple in south Sudan which the can vote for him in any time, or you are supporting the genocide done by stoppid Dr machar killing pple in three states jonglei, upper nile and unity state, Stoppid Dr machar never never will be come one day one time as preiedent of South sudan because he kill the pple, haha

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  • 4 May 13:00, by Jalaby

    Idiot Museveni will never stop supporting Sudan rebels or withdraw his troop from the south because he is mentally very sick person!
    Uganda has no border with Sudan and Museveni’s support to Sudan rebels will stay meaningless unless Juba allows him to use the south land and support the rebel and attack us, in that case we will point our guns to Juba chest immediately!

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  • 5 May 18:50, by Mohamed

    We have been pampering Musevini too much Jalaby.
    Starting next November, after the rain seasons are finished, we should declare war on Uganda.
    Just call it and you will have 2 million Sudanese soldiers ready to go and take out this stupid man.
    He has been messing with all the countries around Uganda for too long.
    He has murdered John Garang.
    He has created genocide in Rwanda.
    Enough of this monkey

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