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African Union to verify Juba is no longer harbouring Sudanese rebels

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January 20, 2017 (JUBA) - The continental body, the African Union (AU) next month will verify that J South Sudan is no longer harbouring Sudanese rebels, Defence Minister Kuol Manyang Juuk told a local radio station on Friday.

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Rebel fighters from the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North (SPLA-N) on patrol in the border state of South Kordofan on 6 April 2012 (Photo: AFP/Adriane Ohanesian)

In line with the peace agreement signed between the South Sudanese warring parties in August 2015, the South Sudanese government committed itself to not give refuge to the armed groups fighting the Sudanese army in Darfur or the Two Areas.

Juuk said the SPLM- North, former north Sudanese members of the ruling South Sudanese SPLM, has moved its troops from Raja and are away from Western Bahr El Ghazal, the region bordering Sudan in southwest of Juba.

"There is progress on our side. We now (re)moved out everybody [Sudanese rebels from South Sudan territory], said the minister in statements to U.S funded Eye Radio on Friday.

South Sudan publicly admitted presence of the anti- Khartoum rebels groups within its borders last year and pledged to cooperate with Sudanese government to cease any support in exchange of similar move against SPLM-In-Opposition which is fighting Juba for the last three years.

However, it is the first time that a South Sudanese official speaks about the presence of SPLM-N fighters in South Sudan. Previous reports focused on Darfur groups particularly the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) which is accused of fighting South Sudanese rebels alongside the government troops.

Juuk did not specify the number of SPLM-N fighters that have left South Sudan or when they evacuated. He said the verification of this commitment from Juba will be inspected by the AU.

“Possibly within one month, they [AU military inspectors] will come so that we patrol the area," he said without giving a precise date.

When contacted by Sudan Tribune on phone, Ministry of Defence officials declined to comment on the story.

In the radio interview, Minister Juuk said Sudan has cease support to anti- South Sudan government forces. He added that supporters of the SPLM- N in South Sudan, including business people, will be asked to leave Juba.

“We want to advise anybody that might have been in South Sudan as a trader and has links with the rebels to leave the country,” he said.

There are thousands Sudanese traders mostly from Darfur region in South Sudan. It is not clear how Juba will identify rebels sympathizers.

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  • 21 January 08:43, by king kush

    I just have one question, is the AU going to verify that Machar Rebell are also out Sudan.? Because we all know that they are there.

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    • 21 January 10:09, by Midit Mitot

      Just go to Maban county of Uppernile state and Pakwach of Bentiu/ Unity state, you will get SPLA-N and JEM respectively, don,t blind-fool South Sudanese citizen & the world.

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  • 21 January 08:49, by king kush

    SPLA needs to deal with curuptted politicians they are the source of all evil in South Sudan. Any official that is curuptted must be jailed other wise the country will be taken over by the Yankees.

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    • 22 January 09:38, by jubaone

      King 👑 Kush,
      Then please ensure that Paul Malong and Kiir be arrested immediately. They are thieves.

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  • 21 January 09:31, by Eastern

    African Union will NOT be allowed by Kiir’s rogue government to move out of Juba to do any meaningful verifications on the presence or absence of Sudanese rebels in South Sudan; the same applies to the El Bashir’s regime in the Sudan. These poor leaders will just continue to play ping pong with the dormant AU. What ECOWAS & ECOMOG do leaves the AU with an egg on its face!!!!

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  • 21 January 10:47, by Kush Natives

    There’s no more Sudanese rebels in the area! Let money hunting African Union go back home!

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    • 22 January 09:45, by jubaone

      Kush Natives,
      Many of these darfurian mercenaries have received facial cuts so that they look like jienges to evade being caught. Some have their lower teeth removed and look real monyjienges. Some have been given nyanjienges and have children together. So 30% of jienges in Aweil or Gogrial are half Darfuris.

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