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Ugandan President tells South Sudan to avoid war

October 27, 2007 (KAMPALA) — Speaking for the first time after the fall out between the Sudanese Peoples’ Liberation Movement and the government in Sudan, Ugandan President Museveni has warned the former rebels against rushing into war with Khartoum.

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Yoweri Museveni

State Minister for Foreign Affairs Okello Oryem told the Ugandan Daily Monitor that Museveni, who was meeting an SPLM delegation at State House, Nakasero on Wednesday night urged South Sudan to continue dialogue with the Gen. Bashir government until a solution over their grievances is sought.

"The [Sudanese] Minister of Foreign Affairs [Deng Alor] and the Southern Sudan Minister of Agriculture, Dr Samson Kwaje came to see the President on the reasons the SPLM withdrew from the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) (between them and Khartoum)," Mr Oryem said on Thursday.

"They told the President the conditions they want fulfilled before going back to the CPA".

In a serious setback to the CPA, the SPLM recently announced suspension of their participation in the national unity government because of "failure" by Khartoum to implement the peace deal, which includes a borderline, share of oil resources, and the removal of government troops from South Sudan territory.

The Sudanese First Vice President, and President of the Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS), Silva Kiir, warned recently that there could be a return to war if the CPA is not implemented. "The President advised them to be tolerant," Mr Oryem, who attended the meeting, said.

He, however, said reports of harassment of Ugandans in South Sudan could not be discussed as the government awaits a report from the fact-finding ministerial team that recently visited Juba.

Mr Oryem said the team said GoSS was still committed to spearheading the peace talks between the government and the LRA in Juba, South Sudan despite their current differences with Khartoum.

Also present were; Security Minister, Amama Mbabazi, that of Internal Affairs, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda and Defence Minister Dr Kiyonga.

(The Monitor)