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Khartoum summons Ugandan diplomat over president Museveni’s remarks

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November 27, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese foreign ministry on Thursday summoned Uganda’s ambassador in protest after it emerged that president Yoweri Museveni accused Sudan of seeking to take advantage of the South Sudanese conflict.

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Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni

According to the Sudanese foreign ministry, Museveni in a meeting held with South Sudanese officials, said Khartoum constantly celebrates fighting between South Sudanese and plans to plunder its southern neighbour’s wealth.

Khartoum neither gave details about the date of the meeting nor identity of the South Sudanese officials president Museveni met.

“The foreign ministry summoned the Ugandan chargé d’affaires and informed him of the government’s refusal to what it considered a negative statements issued by President Museveni, during a meeting with leaders from South Sudan,” said the acting head of the department of neighbouring countries, Bukhari al-Affendi on Thursday.

Sudan does not need evidence to clarify its position on the stability of the situation in South Sudan, al-Affendi further said, pointing to the support of his government for the East African regional bloc (IGAD) efforts to end the South Sudanese crisis and his government decision to open its border for the South Sudanese fleeing the conflict.

“All this refutes any attempts to sow seeds of discord between Sudan and South Sudan,” the Sudanese diplomat emphasised.

Following the eruption of the South Sudanese conflict in December 2013, president Omer al-Bashir was keen to show his support to the government of president Salva Kiir and called for a negotiated solution to the conflict.

In August, Bashir also received the former vice-president and rebel leader Riek Machar and vowed to support efforts for a negotiated settlement.

Relations between Sudan and Uganda were always tense and tumultuous. The two countries accuse each other of supporting rebel groups. Kampala regularly says that Khartoum harbours Lords Resistance Army (LRA) rebels while the latter accuses the Ugandan government of training and supporting Sudanese rebel groups.

Also Khartoum is very anxious about the Ugandan military presence in South Sudan.

On 4 November, the Sudanese army spokesperson al-Sawarmi Khaled said Juba government uses Ugandan warplanes to raid rebel positions near the joint border, pointing they observed the massive presence Ugandan airplanes in South Sudan.

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  • 28 November 2014 08:33, by Mi diit

    Regional war over the resources of South Sudan is so imminent. Foolish Nyankiir Museveni started to invite foreign troops to kill the Nuer and loot the resources. Timbers and gold in eastern Equatoria are being taken daily by Museveni and yet they receive millions of dollars a day for protecting president Nyankiir.

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    • 28 November 2014 08:46, by wang

      Better to be exploited (resources) by Khartoum, because they natives of this land like us

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    • 28 November 2014 10:16, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      who can deny Museveni statement?
      in fact Sudan is not neutral in South Sudan crises. Sudan has in tension of evasion which President Museveni escort the point.

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  • 28 November 2014 09:18, by Kur William

    Of course Sudan have got advantage.This senseless war has paralysed the capacity of Juba gov’t to resume negotiation of the post-referendum issues with Khartoum,the time be taken for national reconciliation might be use by Sudan to completed the oil in Helging which is part of unity State and migrates more Misseriya to Dinka Ngok land.This is another Dr Riek willful act to South Sudanese.

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  • 28 November 2014 12:20, by Ambago

    Not too long there won’t be any country called South Sudan. Who could ever believe that South Sudanese only voted to separate from Khartoum to start another killing spree of their own. Until the ongoing genocide and counter genocide succeeds to annihilate the sick minds, peace in South Sudan will remain an illusion to be pursued but never attained..

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