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S. Sudan says relations with Khartoum won’t be affected by rebel activities

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June 9, 2014 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese government said its relations with Sudan will not be affected by the activities of representatives from the rebel SPLM-In-Opposition who held a press conference in Khartoum last Thursday, triggering protests from its embassy in the capital.

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South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, is accompanied by his Sudanese counterpart Omer Hassan al-Bashir (L) after arriving at Khartoum Airport on 5 April 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah)

The South Sudanese embassy Saturday protested against a permission given to the rebel spokesperson, Yohanis Musa Pouk, to hold a press conference in Khartoum saying it represents a “clear violation” to the cooperation agreement signed by the two countries in September 2012.

But the ruling National Congress Party swiftly reacted to the protest saying Sudan is supportive to the legitimate government in Juba and as a member of the IGAD mediation team intends to hear all the parties to end the ongoing conflict in South Sudan.

In Juba, South Sudanese foreign ministry spokesperson, Mawien Makol in an interview with Sudan Tribune expressed commitment of his government to resolve divergences with the neighbouring Sudan through diplomatic channels and talks without letting them “affect” bilateral ties.

“Our relations with our neighbouring countries, including Sudan will not be affected by the activities of the rebels. We will continue to keep close contacts with them as normal. It is actually the policy of the government to ensure that developing close bilateral relations with our neighbours remain our top priority,” Makol said on Monday.

“So we do not have any problem with the visit of the rebels to our neighbouring countries if it is for peace. What we request is that these countries emphasis to the rebels the need to support peaceful dialogue as the means to resolving whatever issues they are raising,” he further said.

The two countries since September 2012 failed to implement the signed agreements particularly those related to border demarcation, Abyei and security arrangements and the buffer zone.

Also Sudan last May accused Juba of using rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) to fight Machar’s rebels in Unity state.

Ambassador Makol further said his country stands ready to work with Sudan to maintain peace and tranquillity in the border areas.

He explained that both sides have held several meetings in recent months to resolve some security issues and additional efforts continue to be made to find a solution through the working mechanism for consultation and coordination at high level headed by foreign ministry officials of both sides.

The mechanism was established under the cooperation agreement and relations have scored considerable progress with ever deepening political mistrust, although diplomatic officials have claimed to have made fruitful achievements in practical cooperation as well as sound coordination and cooperation in international and regional issues.

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  • 10 June 09:34, by Adodi Jotuwa

    Ya Puoch Riek Deng,
    I have some questions for you and your retarded Dr. Fool Riek who believed in 1991 that he could bring change to SPLM/A before ending up in Khartoum. What areas do you control? What did u do with the money looted from Bor (twice), Malakal (twice) and Bentiu (twice)? If there are no members of Opposition Civil Society (OCS) in Hotels in Sudan, Kenya and Uganda, where do u expect

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    • 10 June 09:36, by Adodi Jotuwa

      ... to bring your members of OCS from? Who told u dat the members of Civil Society from the government-controlled areas were transported by IGAD? If IGAD offers minimal amount, then it’s your responsibility to top it up with looted money that you’re having fun with in Hotels in Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Khartoum and Kampala.

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      • 10 June 09:37, by Adodi Jotuwa

        Do you still want to confuse IAGD like the "White Army" so that you continue looting South Sudanese towns besides inflicting massive destruction and displacement on towns and civil population? No way. In the North Sudan, you’re good at being militia and workforce for building Amarat and in the South you’re good at, name it LOOTINGS & BRUTAL KILLINGS.

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        • 10 June 09:39, by Adodi Jotuwa

          You only know LOOOOOTINGS and BRUTAL KILLLLINGS as it happened in 1991 Bor massacre is still evident and continued up to 2013/2014. The world did not fail to ignore the one of Bentiu although it did before in Bor, (thrice), Malakal (twice) where Shilluk even felt the heat. South Sudan will be peaceful only when Dr. Fool Riek renounces violence and believes in peaceful transfer of power.

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          • 10 June 09:41, by Adodi Jotuwa

            Dr. Fool Riek should not temper with the two words "democracy and federalism" or "formation of interim government." He has every right to run as a presidential candidate, whether as an SPLM, Nasir Faction, SSIM, you name it. But what I know is dat, Riek always wants short-cut to rule South Sudan at any cost, but not through elections that’s why he resorts to violence as usual.

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            • 10 June 09:43, by Adodi Jotuwa

              When the late Dr. John Garang said "Sudan will never be the same again" Khartoum did not believe it until South Sudan breaks away. Now the same thing is applicable "South Sudan will never be the same again as pre-December 15th, 2013". Security arrangements and reconciliation will top the agenda to pave way for unity in diversity and peaceful contest in general elections when the time comes.

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              • 10 June 09:44, by Adodi Jotuwa

                When elections time comes, South Sudanese and the rest of the world will see which presidential candidate will really win the popular support of the South Sudanese masses and advance this youngest country for the next generation while living peacefully with the neighboring countries and especially resolving the outstanding issues between Juba and Khartoum. Elections will prove who is who.

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                • 10 June 09:46, by Adodi Jotuwa

                  South Sudanese must never forget the record of every hopeful, whether the candidate has been recycled as a Minister or not, what/why did he/she do right/wrong in the past and how/why will he/she do it differently this time. We need to remember that those who are likely to run are on both sides of the isles—government side, opposition and the other political parties alike to reflect inclusivity.

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                  • 10 June 09:58, by Adodi Jotuwa

                    Regional or continental blocs (IGAD, AU), and international community should never turn a blind eye again or ignore the record of any candidate who brags about that he’s the potential champion of change or federalism while in essence he was/is and will still be the champion of betrayal, rebellion, brutal killings, massive displacement and destruction besides humanitarian catastrophe.

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