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British envoy Chris Trott speaks to reporters folloiwng a visit to the National Dialogue exposition in Khartoum on 21 Sept 2016 (ST photo)

March 8, 2017 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese government has renewed its accusations against the neighbouring South Sudan, saying its continual harbouring of rebel groups remains the "biggest obstacle" to regional and international efforts for peace in Sudan.

During the past months, South Sudanese officials including the Defence Minister Kuol Manyang Juuk repeated that all the Sudanese armed groups had left the country. However, Sudanese officials continue to claim that the South Sudanese army (SPLA) and its top command continues to protect them and provide support.

"One of the biggest obstacles to peace (in Sudan) is the presence of rebel movements in the Republic of South Sudan, where they find shelter and continuous support from the government there," said Foreign Ministry Under-Secretary Abdel-Ghani al-Nai’m in a statement released on Wednesday.

Al-Nai’m made his remark after a meeting with UK Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, Christopher Trott, who seeks to facilitate the African Union-led process to end the armed conflicts in Sudan.

Khartoum and Juba trade regularly accusations of support to rebel groups despite the signing of a security agreement between the two countries in September 2012 and the several implementation deals in this respect.

The Sudanese diplomat further asked the British envoy to persuade the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement to accept an American humanitarian proposal, sign a cessation of hostilities and to negotiate a peace agreement with the government.

Last February, the Troika countries: Norway, U.K. and U.S. urged the (SPLM-N) “to swiftly accept this proposal and facilitate the delivery of life-saving assistance to those in need in the Two Areas”. However, the SPLM-N says they are awaiting the appointment of a new U.S. special envoy to discuss a number of counterproposals they made.

(ST)

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  • 9 March 10:27, by Freedom Advocate

    Neither JEM or SPLM-N have left south Sudan. They are still there in and around Panrieng protecting asses of Salva Kiir from being kicked out by the IOs.
    Sudan must take other bold decision instead of being deceived by those of thieves like Kuol Manyang and Taban Deng.

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    • 9 March 11:03, by South South

      Neither JEM nor SPLM-N in South Sudan, all of them left South Sudan long time ago. If anyone has evidences other than what government South Sudan said, bring them on. SPLA is doing action job with IOs. IOs are in trouble and they know it. OIs, do not look for excuses because you lost war. Let work together to bring peace to our people.

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      • 9 March 11:52, by Malakal county Simon

        South South/Slave

        How did IO lost the war when they are the ones controlling the more territories in Greater Upper Nile???? Please sit and go back to sleep because that’s was a fake dream......

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        • 9 March 12:12, by South South

          Malakal county Simon,

          You are lying. Upper is under government control and that why new refinery building is going on. If you control Upper Nile, list to me the names of cities and towns your control now. You people thought that by war you will force yourself to power. Enjoy bushes life for sometime poor man. We are controlling South Sudan.

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          • 9 March 12:31, by Malakal county Simon

            You’re fantasising in America!!!!! please ask someone you know on the ground before jumping up and down dumb ass!!!!!!

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            • 9 March 12:40, by South South

              You are crying like a small baby. If you have facts about winning any part of Upper Nile, put it for people to see it here. You people used poor young Nuers in big numbers thinking that they will overrun government forces in Upper Nile, but people are now in Pagak hiding during the day and come out at night with their heads down. Big, big lessons.

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  • 9 March 18:57, by Eastern

    South Sudanese leaders with Kiir at the helm want to eat their cake and have it.......

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    • 9 March 19:11, by South South

      Eastern,

      You do not like government in Juba, right? You want people to to join rebels. It is your thinking, but we are not going to be pushed to the corner. I would work with Kiir because I know him to bring some changes to make South Sudan a great place to live.

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