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S. Sudan accuses neighbours of “arming” rebels

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July 21, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan on Monday accused some of its neighbours of allegedly supporting opposition forces fighting the Juba government.

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Soldiers from the South Sudanese army (SPLA) soldiers at Jonglei’s Bor airport in after they re-captured the town from rebel forces in January 2014 (AFP)

The army chief of general staff, Gen. Paul Malong Awan, said there were some “unusual” movements within South Sudan’s borders, but declined to name countries allegedly involved in dealing with the rebels.

“We have not reach that level of pointing figures but where they get ammunition and new guns?” Awan said.

“I believe that something unusual is happening,” added the army chief who maintained that government forces fully controlled Nasir, a strategic Upper Nile state town claimed by both sides on Sunday.

The rebels, Awan said, left Nasir heading for the northern border near Sudan’s Blue Nile state.

The governor of Upper Nile, Simon Kun Puoc also claimed government forces were in “full control” of Nasir, despite opposition forces insisting they man the strategically located town.

“Our forces are in full control of Nasir. The rebels have been flushed out this morning,” Puoc, told Sudan Tribune on Monday.

He said rival forces attacked the town with mortars for two days and penetrated some of its parts Sunday morning before they driven out by government forces using heavy machine guns.

The United Nations, however, said most parts of Nasir appears to be under the control of opposition forces, apart from South Sudanese army (SPLA) barracks, located west of the town.

COMMITTED TO CEASEFIRE

The top army officer, however, said government forces were fully committed to observing ceasefire with rebels as agreed upon by both rival leaders in an effort to end the seven-month old conflict.

“We will remain committed because it a valid document (cessation of hostilities agreement) signed by leadership of this country,” he said.

Both sides have been accused of repeatedly violating the ceasefire, which was signed in January and re-committed to four months later in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which is mediating talks between the two parties, condemned Sunday’s attack by opposition forces on Nasir and called it a violation of the ceasefire.

In a related development, the United Nations secretary-general, Ban Ki-Moon expressed deep concerns over the attack urging Machar to cease immediately all offensive operations on Nasir and other points.

He further called on South Sudan government to desist from launching a counter-offensive.

The two parties “should stop the violence immediately, reconvene political negotiations and demonstrate the political will necessary to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict”.

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  • 22 July 11:57, by Chol A.

    Midiit and Wang are ashamed today to comments I hope they are not dead of heart attack because they are preaching lies yesterday saying Nasir is fall under their Nuer militia men who are badly crash by SPLA.

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    • 22 July 12:13, by wang

      hahahahahahahahahahahahhhhaaa….. Malong Awan and Kun Puoc said their forces are completely in control of Town while in another hand the UN which provides foods and other basics services to civilians said the most part of Nasir are under controls of Opposition forces…so who are telling the trust b/t these two? I think probably UN is telling Trust.

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      • 22 July 12:21, by Mayom County Boy

        very soon SPLA forces will retain every location soon
        it is known now that sudan government is supporting rebel of Reik Machar with logistic , but any way they will drop with nothing with them immediately

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      • 23 July 08:01, by Freedom Fighter

        The news reported here are morning news not the evening news on situation in Nasir. Currently, Nasir is free of White Army terrorists. Riek Machar and his allies are fighting a lost war. They will fail miserably as they did in 1991.

        Freedom Fighter

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    • 22 July 13:58, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya are the first countries supporting rebels under Riek Machar leadership.
      They firstly made a coup against president Kiir regime.

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  • 22 July 13:00, by Mr Point

    What is the point of making accusations if you don’t give evidence and name the names?

    I’ve said before that it’s *unusual* for Kiir’s people to make allegations without substance.

    So: who is arming the rebels, and why?
    Is it Uganda?
    Is it China?

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    • 22 July 16:11, by Lango2010

      NO REASON OF FINGER POINTING TO ANY NEIGHBOUR AS LONG AS THEY SUPPORT THE REBEL ON DARKNESS, BUT ANY COUNTRY DOING THAT SHOULD KEEP IN MIND THAT ’WHAT GOES AROUND ALWAYS COME AROUND’. IT A MATTER OF TIME AND THE GOD OF LIGHT WILL SHOW THEIR EVIL ACTS ON DAY LIGHT.

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  • 22 July 16:49, by Kerem

    It is clear Wang, Ethiopia had always been supporting Riek, Sudan as well and Kenya are prominent war lovers and they need us to kill ourselves but never, never and never shall Riek lead this country. better a dead Nuer to lead our country than Riek. The meaning of Riek is bad and its resembles his actions now. no wonder

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  • 22 July 16:52, by Kerem

    Reik who was abducted by an impotent Nuer has turned against his blood relatives. He was abducted in the current Yirol East and later was fathered by a poisonous Nuer who brought him up with intention to kill his kinsmen. The blood of your real fathers will ask you one time

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