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South Sudan defends presence of foreign troops


May 19, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s government has attempted to justify the involvement of foreign troops in the devastating conflict, which has pitted government soldiers loyal to president Salva Kiir and defectors backed by ethnic fighters allied to former vice-president , Riek Machar.

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South Sudan has defended the presence of foreign troops in the country, which are providing military support to the national army as it attempts to contain a spiralling rebellion in the country (AFP)

Deputy speaker of the national parliament Mark Nyipuoc, a close ally of Kiir’s, said the violence, which initially started as simple administrative differences over political ideologies within the leadership of the governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), had claimed more lives than was lost in the past civil war with neighbouring Sudan from which the new nation seceded in 2011.

“The lives of the people who have been lost and the destruction done to the infrastructure just in few months of this senseless war is not comparable to the lives in the war of liberation struggle. In just less than six months, the country has lost lots of people and towns and villages have been set ablaze and razed down to zero mercilessly,” said Nyipuoc on Monday.

Nyipuoc denied that government troops had committed atrocities in their attempts to contain a spiralling rebellion in the country, arguing that the actions of the latter were carried out in defence of the country.

“There are reports circulating around trying to vilify and incriminate the action of the SPLA (South Sudanese army). The people who write these reports seem to forget the SPLA is a national army with [a] constitutional mandate and the responsibility to protect the lives of our people and their properties against from any form of threat,” he said.

“All their actions [during this conflict] were in defence of the constitution, the lives of the people and their properties from the rebels of Riek Machar,” he added.

Meanwhile, the speaker of the house, Magok Rundial, said his country was not an island and that foreign support was justified to contain rebellion in the country, which had spread like “wild fire”.

“We are part of the international community and in this world ... even the developed and advanced countries seek help. That is why you hear countries like the United States talking of allies. This is because no country can defend itself alone, so you have to team up with others in order to defend yourself,” said Rundial. “So what is being discussed about the intervention of the foreign troops, especially the role played by our brothers and sisters in Uganda and all those who extended us support during this time of the crisis, is something that every nation in the world has a right to do,” he added.

The senior legislators made the remarks during separate exclusive interviews with Sudan Tribune on Monday.

They were responding to the postponement of peace talks until 29 May over the ongoing presence of foreign troops in the country, which is proving to be a sticking point in peace negotiations between the warring parties.

The rebel delegation has demanded the immediate and complete withdrawal of all foreign troops, arguing that their continued presence goes against a January ceasefire deal which called for withdrawal of foreign forces in the country.

The Ugandan army (UPDF) deployed troops to the country to fight alongside forces from the South Sudanese army (SPLA) following the outbreak of violence in mid-December last year.

South Sudan has also categorically denied that Sudanese rebel forces from the darfur region are providing military support to the SPLA.


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  • 20 May 2014 09:43, by omoni jr.

    speaker said, "you have to teamed up in order to defend yourself" . Defend from who? You hired the foreign forces to come over and kill your citizens, very stupid idiots, and brainless.Have you ever seen U.S.A invited their allies to killed citizens??

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    • 20 May 2014 10:41, by Bravo Nuer

      Mr. Magok Rundial no one blames you because it was a strategic move from kiir and what so-called Barh el Gazhal elders to impose you upon MPS as a speaker as they knew how aged and mentally disordered you are. Bahr el gazhalians chose you as lesser evil not that you are saint to them and you are a dead horse,alas enjoy a few days under dominion of darkness kingdom as its days are narrowly numbered

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      • 20 May 2014 10:52, by Bravo Nuer

        foreign allies as you unwisely put it, cannot be invoked into an internal conflict which physically takes ethnic lines from day one. no civilized country or leader can do that because when mercenaries are involved in an internally civil conflict it often lengthens the intensity and the scope of war as it will attract others to support the other side. kiir if were wise he should know UPDF and JEM

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        • 20 May 2014 11:02, by Bravo Nuer

          will be a liability and will mark only his ugly exit from his already abused power. UPDF and JEM have their enemies from their own countries and these enemies would not sit idly while their adversaries are taking side and being paid heavily with cash which will warrant them buying big weapons that they will use against their former enemies when their contract of war against S.Sudan rebels is over.

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          • 20 May 2014 11:17, by Bravo Nuer

            secondly UPDF and JEM are being paid like angels and in hard currency too which doesn’t exist from their various ends especially UPDF as those of JEM don’t even have salaries leave alone local currency but want cash to buy weapons and thus the prayers of duo will be to lengthen war so that they groom themselves and have some cash to be inherited by their kids even though dying daily for unholy war

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            • 20 May 2014 11:30, by Bravo Nuer

              as their guarantee is money not restoration of order and stability, they will value only whoever hires them (Salva Kiir /Dinka)not the nation whose natural resources afford them to be hired. and thus in valuing Salva Kiir they become Dinka in assimilation as tribesmen of Kiir and their aim will be to wipe out the rebels whose both leader and majority emanate from Nuer which means wiping Nuer out

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              • 20 May 2014 11:48, by Bravo Nuer

                of the face of the earth as their collective interest will dictate it and to make their collective interest more agitated, Nuer land is arable and is the source of the South Sudan glory and might in terms of natural resources especially oil which is the main interest of every country to have a say in South Sudan management. as a result Nuer will stand their ground to fight them and consider all

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                • 20 May 2014 11:57, by Bravo Nuer

                  both foreign invaders and other tribes in the wings of Dinka Bahr el Gazhal as Dinka Bahr el Gazhal and its allies in one side versus Nuer on the other. don’t forget the enemies of UPDF and SRF will favor Nuer side to fight their notorious ones on the South Sudan soil and thus kiir has lost legitimacy and the war will be regional war but Nuer and their allies are likely to win it in so many counts

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                  • 20 May 2014 12:10, by Bravo Nuer

                    Dinka BEG especially Warrap and Aweil are proud, uncivilized, thieves, gossipers and this has alienated them not only with other Dinka like intellectual Dinka Bor, Rumbek and Ngok but also the entire Equatorian region will side Nuer owing to Nuer humility and generosity as well as sharing the same federal system ideology. Nuer fought British for 30 years and do not tolerate slavery from Aden

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                    • 20 May 2014 12:20, by Bravo Nuer

                      and Nuer will want from their foreign allies only weapons and various types of military equipments not troops as defeat to a Nuer is a shame unlike other side who use their foreign allies for battles and whistle behind in the dark for victory which is not fruit of their labor but Nuer Land resources fighting Nuer indirectly. as soon as greater Upper Nile will be liberated Kiir’s allies will starve

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                      • 20 May 2014 12:34, by Bravo Nuer

                        and will go back in disgrace having suffered beyond rehabilitation and recycling whereas kiir will be captured dead in his hometown of Akoon like Muamar Gadhafi and Malong Awan will be captured alive in his hideout like Saif Islam Gadhafi and be rushed to ICC for beheading forthwith. everyone had better underline and mark these visionary words and this is the revelation of unavoidable future.

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                        • 20 May 2014 16:30, by Rommel

                          Bravo Nuer:
                          You people seem to suffer from some kind of collective amnesia, but don’t worry, I’m here to help. You formed military alliances with Khartoum during the war; an alliance that targeted and absolutely devastated the Dinka!? Why is it that you people feel no shame for this!?

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                          • 20 May 2014 16:41, by Rommel

                            Did you people ever consider that the war would become infinitely more intense when you guarded the oilfields on Khartoum’s behalf during the war!? Did you consider the consequences of enabling Khartoum’s purchase of a palette of destructive weaponry!?

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    • 20 May 2014 11:21, by Rami Tot

      Always allies are invites because of foreign invasion not for internally problem. You guys don’t really know the difference between foreign and internal problem mean.
      Salva Kiir proof it to the world how dumped mind he has as a president . He doesn’t know how to talk.

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  • 20 May 2014 10:36, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    The present of foreign troops in the country is to protect the facilities due to be destroyed by the rebels,
    Riek Machar want want complicate the situation of South Sudanese.

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  • 20 May 2014 10:45, by DENG GAI GATLUAK

    In reference to the statutory Authority, the presence of foreign troops is a total violation international law under article 2(4) of the United Nation Chartered. Moreover, their continued presence goes against January ceasefire deal which called for withdrawal of foreign forces in the country. Regards.

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  • 20 May 2014 12:48, by wang

    It is waste of time from Dinka govt by trying to justify that their silly moves ….Syria rebels invited several rebels groups from all over the world to fight against Bashar al-Assad regime….so what have happened now? Those loose rebels groups were end up fighting each other since they do not exactly know about what they were fighting for….in S. Sudan case, in a next few months, the Ugandans will t

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  • 20 May 2014 12:50, by wang

    in S. Sudan case, in a next few months, the Ugandans will turns their guns to Dinka and. N. Sudan rebels will do same… it will be cycling funny situations

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  • 20 May 2014 16:26, by Kim Deng

    It’s bettter to burn it down to ashes rather than being called Dinka Kingdom.

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    • 20 May 2014 20:05, by Altruistic

      Kim, you have a typical Nuer mentality. There is a say in Dinka " if it happened to fight with Nuer(s) even thought it’s was in his house, he will fight you fiercely until he burned down his own and not know ing where he is going to sleep" they don’t think about tomorrow or future. This is a axiomatic from your comment.

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    • 20 May 2014 20:07, by Altruistic

      Kim, you have a typical Nuer mentality. There is a say in Dinka " if it happened to fight with Nuer(s) even thought it’s was in his house, he will fight you fiercely until he burned down his own and not know ing where he is going to sleep" they don’t think about tomorrow or future. This is a axiomatic from your comment.

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      • 20 May 2014 20:15, by Altruistic

        Regardless what happened between us, South Sudan is our home we can not burn it down to ashes, although we have differences.

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