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South Sudan denies support to Sudanese armed groups


April 6, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudanese presidential spokesperson Friday denied accusations by Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir that Juba continues to harbour and support armed groups that seek to overthrow his regime.

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South Sudanese Presidential spokesperson Ateny Wek Ateny addresses journalists following renewed fighting in Juba July 11, 2016 (Reuters Photo)

"That is a nightmare. South Sudan has no reason completely to harbour rebels. We are looking forward to returning security to our country," said Ateny Wek Ateny President Salva Kiir’s spokesperson.

The South Sudanese official further explained that the insecurity along the 2000 kilometre border between the two countries enables the Sudanese rebels to cross illegally into the troubled country.

"Insecurity has given insurgents chance to cross into South Sudan at their own will. We are gaining momentum as our forces are moving to address the issue," he added.

Al-Bashir made his accusations on Thursday when he was speaking in Kosti of the White Nile State, not far from the border. However, he stressed that his government would continue to support the regional efforts to end the civil war in South Sudan.

UN reports say armed groups from Darfur region have generally moved to Libya where they joined the eastern Libya based forces of Gen Khalifa Haftar but the SPLM-N rebels continue to use the South Sudanese territory for logistical supplies.

The presence of Sudanese armed groups in South Sudan was one the reasons that led to the deterioration of bilateral relations between Juba and Washington which was the major supporter of the young nation.

Khartoum and Juba are working to operationalize the border demilitarized zone agreed in September 2012 with the support of UN and African Union, but some South Sudanese local authorities are still resisting the process saying Sudan would take advantage and capture the disputed border areas.


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  • 7 April 08:18, by Ngor Geka

    Who are you fooling? Government of South Sudan support to Sudan rebels is clear to everybody. Isaiah Abraham’s last article detailed how much support Salva Kiir gives to Sudan rebels. Because of that article the man lost his life.

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  • 7 April 08:21, by Ngor Geka

    We are now sure that Juba agreement with Sudan rebels is to go back to New Sudan Vision. There is no room for New Sudan Vision again.

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  • 7 April 08:39, by Eastern

    The streets of South Sudan are teeming with Sudanese undercover operatives posing as traders or refugees. The national security services is full of Sudanese masquerading as folks from Raja or Western Bahr el Ghazal. The regime in Juba is so porous; it hires prostitutes from Uganda and Kenya in sensitive offices.

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    • 7 April 10:11, by South South

      Please leave our government alone. Your uncle’s are the one who Uganda to get South Sudanese nationalities so that they can increase their tiny tribes in South Sudan, the all world knows that.

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      • 7 April 10:12, by South South

        Correction: I mean who help Uganda people.

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        • 7 April 12:11, by Landlord

          South Sudan,
          you are just an animal. better stop posting this forum. you will get ashamed like Malong one day. you have nothing credible to write. British and Arabs decline to educate you all those centuries because your mind set is not that one of humans.

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          • 7 April 12:27, by South South

            Animals are those who eat monkey poop. Shut up and listen to me to help with something to make you like human being.you get it a little monkey.

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      • 7 April 10:44, by Eastern

        South South,

        You are right; its your Dinka government. What you need to know is the difference between a government for South Sudanese and the current contraption in Juba serving and killing (through the unknown gunmen) dinkas. That government is for the few people like you and we shall continue to defy it. Don’t blame Uganda for its the reason Kiir is still at J-1.

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        • 7 April 12:24, by South South

          Please pick one top to be discussed. I am not blaming Ugandans, I am blaming wicked paramount chiefs of Equatoria who helped Ugandans to our South Sudanese nationalities. As for war, we do not need it, but if wicked people want to impose things we do not like, we will teach them very dear lessons. We are ready a d watching.

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        • 7 April 14:05, by okello

          Those who barking are bunch of rebels and lessors of who have no way to topple Kiir government. Bashir is clear of supporting south Sudan, Uganda and Eriteria rebels. why it itching your asses when we do the same? what do you other tribes expect from Dinka when you choose rebellion and leave the army? you now form your tribal rebellion against Dinka government but i wonder why you rebel crying?

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  • 7 April 13:52, by Kenyang ll

    President Bashir accused South Sudan of supporting Sudan rebels in person, not through his spokesperson. Wouldn’t it make sense if our foolish coward President Kiir respond to that in person? In what capacity is bigmouth Mr. Ateny responding? How about South Sudan government spokesman Makuei Lueth or defense minister coward and milksop Kuol Manyang?

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