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South Sudan says visit of ex-army chief to Sudan will not affect relations


Malong at Juba airport on to receive the body of his daughter 15 Sept 2014 (ST Photo)

March 21, 2018 (JUBA)- South Sudanese government said Wednesday the visit of the former army chief of staff, Paul Malong Awan to the Sudanese capital; Khartoum will not affect relations between the two countries.

Presidential adviser on security affairs told Sudan Tribune on Wednesdays that the visit of the former army chief of staff to Khartoum will not affect the relations between the countries.

“Presence of Gen Paul Malong Awan in Khartoum will not affect our relations. Sudan is the member of the IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development) which is now exerting efforts to find a way to end the conflict in the country. So we see Sudanese government as playing a positive role in this regard," said Tut Kew Gatluak.

"In fact, the presence of people like General Paul in Khartoum will be an opportunity for Sudanese officials to talk to him to participate in the peace process,” he added.

Presidential spokesperson, Ateny Wek Ateny, told a Kenyan based The East African newspaper on Monday that the government was not surprised of the visit of Gen Paul Malong Awan to Khartoum, where he is allegedly seeking support to bolster subversive activities against the administration of President Salva Kiir.

"We are not surprised by his visit to Khartoum. The visit is an attempt to fight the government of South Sudan," he told The EastAfrican. General Malong, according to Ateny, flew to Khartoum from Nairobi last week.

The reasons for his visit remain unclear. However, Awan is not seen in Khartoum as a close friend to the government or a potential ally. After the signing of the Cooperation Agreement in 2012, he did what he can to obstruct the implementation of the deal particularly the security arrangements that Sudan counted on to stop SPLM-N rebel cross-border supplies.

Also, he was suspected of using Darfur rebels in his counterinsurgency operation in South Sudan, a matter that angered Khartoum at the time.

However, officials in Juba have expressed concerns that the former top military officer was a strong ally of President Kiir until his sacking in May 2017 could cause political commotion ahead of the resumption of the upcoming next round of the High-Level Revitalization Forum.


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  • 21 March 23:00, by lino


    "Visiting of Malong will not affect relations with Sudan" Said, Tut Kew Gatluak.
    What else can we expect from you to say; Ya Bashir’s Boy circling Kiir Ran Mayardiit?!!!

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    • 21 March 23:18, by Malakal county Simon

      So the Nuerwews are becoming the smartest fish in Kiir illegitimate government as likes of Tut Kew killings two birds with one stone??

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      • 21 March 23:46, by lino

        You got Malakal! He is acting like a shark and fish no more!!!

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  • 22 March 02:59, by Games

    Bulshits, of course it would affect the relationship between States. Malong is currently meeting with several government officials in Khartoum without Juba knowledge. Malong is more recognised man in Khartoum than Salva Kiir and Taban Deng Gai..

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  • 22 March 05:14, by Mayendit

    First of all, I had withdraw my support from former Chief gen, Paul Malong Awan. President Kiir will leave position at any time but the history of being a Nyaingat or rebel will never go away. Talar Riing was deny in Lake State’s governorship because of being one of Nyaingat who break away with Riek Machar in 1991. I am fearing that, Riek’s fighters will surrenders back to gov, and they can send t

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  • 22 March 05:25, by Mayendit

    I am afraid that, if the rebels of Riek Machar surrenders back to government of South Sudan in Juba then, the government will send them to fights Paul Malong Awan’s fighters and it is going to get worst in my view. Also he said something during Sudan and South Sudan’s peace agreement in Ethiopia as mention. I think he will be deported soon to Juba because Khartoum is not safer for him belief me.

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    • 22 March 07:45, by Kwacha Okonyomoi

      After massacring the Nuers in Juba in 2013, Paul Malong Awan finally has gone to beg for support from Khartoum to topple the very government he was supporting. He will not survive in the bush not even in Aweil because the Nuers will follow him up and capture him alive.

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  • 22 March 09:22, by dengtit

    The government of South Sudan is making him (Malong)more popular. this bring more suspicious to why they are after him? these groups surrounding the president are advising him wrongly which always leads to misleading decision. president must rescue himself from these opportunists, warp profiteers and lunatics.

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