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South Sudan denies diplomatic row with Ethiopia

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (L) greets the President of South Sudan Salva Kiir in Addis Ababa on January 5, 2013 - (AFP Photo)
January 24, 2014 (JUBA) - The South Sudanese presidency has issued a statement denying existence of a diplomatic row with Addis Ababa, following rumours that Juba had accepted an Egyptian request to support and harbour Ethiopian rebels during a recent visit of President Salva Kiir to Cairo.

“The allegations that the Ethiopian Government has expelled our diplomats against the background of the recent President Kiir’s visit to Egypt are a pure lie and a very cheap propaganda aimed at driving the wedge between the two sisterly countries. President Kiir’s visit to Egypt was purely based on bilateral relations between Egypt and South Sudan. It has nothing to do with anything concerning Ethiopia’s relationship with Egypt”, the release notes in part.

The statement penned by the presidential spokesperson says the visit of President Salva Kiir to Egypt was within the framework that permits any sovereign nation to establish diplomatic ties with more than one country at time on bilateral.

Ateny Wek Ateny said South Sudan’s relations with Egypt are historical since two countries were once governed by one colonial administration.

“The issue of Ethiopian’s rebels and whatever cause they might be fighting against the Ethiopian government has never crossed into President Kiir’s agenda with any political leader of any country before, even at the time when the rebel Riek (Machar) was living in Addis Ababa”, he added.

South Sudan, he explained, has very good and cordial relations with Ethiopia and so, it cannot plan, or even think or dream of Ethiopian armed opposition finding its way into South Sudan no matter who is to supply them with arms. “The story is a fake one, and very cheap propaganda to say the least. It is therefore aimed at creating the non-existing fear”.

The construction by the Ethiopian government of the Grand Renaissance Dam raised tensions with Egypt which relies entirely on the Nile water.

Ethiopia says the dam will not disrupt the river’s, flow stressing its purpose is only to produce electricity.

However, Addis Ababa also noticed a growing activities of the armed opposition groups in Cairo but the Egyptian government ignored its request to stop them.

Ethiopian officials pointed last year to the Egyptian and Eritrean role in the protests that sparked in Oromia and Amhara regions in November 2016.

Ateny claimed the allegations of support to Ethiopian rebels were created by armed opposition faction under the leadership and command of the former First Vice President, Riek Machar, to buy retaliation and allow them return to Ethiopia and use it as one of their conduit for carrying out military activities.

“It is the rebel of Riek who created the story in futile attempt to buy Ethiopian’s retaliation to allow the rebel Riek back to honeymoon in Ethiopia. But, as we commend the Ethiopian’s role in preventing Riek from using Ethiopia as his base closer to Pagak where he will cause havoc against our people, we would like to assure the Ethiopian, the government and the people that South Sudanese government does not wish to allow Ethiopian’s rebels to enter South Sudan for whatever reason. We are sovereign country and so we adhere to the norms and protocol that governs the relationship between countries,” he said.

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  • 24 January 20:03, by choldit

    Who said South Sudan is not a sovereign state? The fact that South Sudan is always claiming its sovereignty in instance where it may not be necessary to use the term is actually the abuse of it. Now u explain the intention of the mission to Egypt. Then what was wrong with South Sudan ambassador to Ethiopia not to explain it in the first place? Now u understand that Ethiopia will not go around?

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    • 24 January 20:40, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      I’m apparently tied of seasonally, timely, and weekly accusations against Republic of south Sudan, #Sudan is accusing us about @SPLM-N,and @JEM, recently #Ethiopia is also accusing us about @Oromio militia of Ethiopia what’s the option of president Kiir leadership? for me I sure those countries you are fooled by rebels of Riek Machar,Kiir can’t host any anti peace in his country.

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      • 24 January 21:40, by Ssam

        No such thing as fake news, just news. Who believes it depends on the propaganda that happens afterwards. SSudan issuing its usual denial, for every news from UN, US, Sudan and now Ethiopia looks bad, especially since the world see Kiir and his government lie and lie again.

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      • 25 January 04:07, by Marol Wang

        Ayiu Makuach!, you better leave the forum and stay idler, the language you are using become more and more senseless, first of all know that the lie has short duration and let your statement be meaningful.

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        • 25 January 13:27, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

          Marol Wang
          What do you mean? your English grammar is not clear, tell to every body have your say!
          please, please challenge your mine.

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        • 25 January 13:32, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

          Marol Wang
          please make sorting grammatically in your paragraph number two,or may be you are drunk.

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      • 25 January 06:14, by Akuma

        Such are concocted news nothing like that happen between the two nations.

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    • 24 January 21:32, by Ssam

      The title is misleading, because SSudan didn’t deny it has a row with Ethiopia. Rumor or not Ethiopia kicked its ambassador. I don’t think Ethiopia is foolish to kick him just cause of rumors. You keep forgetting SSudan for last 5 yrs was denying SPLMN & Darfur rebels, now it admits. Do you think anyone would believe them, especially Ethiopia which knows everything about SSudan and egypt.

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    • 24 January 21:37, by Ssam

      Egypt, Uganda and now SSudan have been losing economically and diplomatically because of growing Ethiopia and Sudan cooperation and usefulness to the West. They are using libya and SSudan now to destabilize the two countries. Egypt & Ssudan are desperate because of internal conflict and economic troubles don’t think they will be angels and sit aside.

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  • 24 January 20:26, by ethio-canadian

    Talk about fake news. I saw a lot about it with claims on Russia and the US election. There can be no conflict between Ethiopia and South Sudan or Ethiopia and Sudan. What we are waiting for now is peace between Ethiopia and Eritrea, and peace within Sudan and South Sudan.

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    • 24 January 21:37, by Eastern

      ...,,waiting for that moment.....,

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  • 24 January 20:55, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    That allegations is being stipulated by the rebels groups in the country because they are making, TIT FOR TAT. because by then Riek Machar has been detained for 4hrs in the airport including explosion of him back to South Africa. this is what they doing
    ©President Kiir cannot accommodate any arms personal in south Sudan And i hope Kiirdit regime will investigate this negative calls definitely.

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  • 24 January 22:57, by Naath

    Dinka gangs leader spokeman is denying all the facts and later when the intension get tougher they will accept this diplomatic row. Kiir and JCE are born liars, grow up liars, and will dye liars. With these lies, the South Sudan will continue suffer under these power hungry, tribalists, and deplore people. Juba has become home of idiot, trouble makers and thieves.

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  • 25 January 07:45, by Konan

    “It’s a normal practise to look out for your own interests, all countries do that……. we are ‘not afraid’ of any country, be it within the region (Ethiopia) or beyond, i think our ambassador in Addis Ababa made it clear to them on Ethiopian Broadcasting Television that we do not have to explain anything on our diplomatic relations with other countries” said Atem Deng Makuac an official at the minis

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    • 25 January 07:47, by Konan

      “They have given scholarships, they are offering other security support now…..we cannot be asked to stop cooperating with Egypt be it on the Nile water issues or whatever…..those who are not happy have to rethink” Atem Deng added

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      • 25 January 08:05, by Konan

        Certainly, South Sudan is a sovereign country but Egypt is not a charity organization. Kirr and his JCE lack political vision and strategic thinking. Egypt is desperate to sabotage Ethiopian dam and Sudan relationship with USA. Indeed South Sudan is playing a very dangerous game. Ethiopia and Sudan retaliation would be devastating to South Sudan.

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  • 25 January 13:53, by Dengda

    Whether it true or false, we South Sudanese need our own dam too along our River Nile. What would Egypt say about it later? We need to focuses on few dirty dollars, we need true bilateral relationship. Your interest first and then other later, that what is called politics.

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  • 27 January 12:03, by Dean Keak Tegn

    Wow! I surprise to death that South Sudan a youngest Africa country can turn her spear against my country; Ethiopia. Do you forget that South Sudan independence was found in Ethiopia after hosted SPLM/A under Dr. John Garang de Mabior in Gambella regional state? Where was Egypt and Uganda at that time? Please think over your evil deal against Ethiopia once again.

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  • 27 January 12:58, by Dean Keak Tegn

    Wow! I surprise to death that South Sudan a youngest Africa country has turned her weak spear and evil deals with Uganda, and Egypt against my country; Ethiopia. Don’t you know that South Sudan independence was found and succeed in Bilpgam,Bonga and Tefere in Gambella, Ethiopia after hosted SPLM/A? Was aformentioned places found in Egypt or Uganda?
    ????? ??? ????? ?????? ???
    ?? ??

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