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South Sudan accuses Sudan of resuming attacks, warns of retaliation


May 22, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan on Tuesday accused the government of neighbouring Sudan of resuming attacks it said were largely targeting civilian populations, resulting in the destruction of properties and settlements.

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South Sudanese Minister of Information Barnaba Benjamin Marial, right, and Military Spokesman Philip Aguer brief the media on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 (AP)

Juba made the announcement a day after the chair of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel and former South African president, Thabo Mbeki, visited the country’s capital Juba where he held talks with senior government officials including president Salva Kiir.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, minister of information and media affairs, Barnaba Benjamin Marial, accused Sudan of resuming what he described as “wanton attacks”, allegedly intended to provoke a response from the South Sudanese army (SPLA), in order to scupper future talks.

“This is a clear violation of the African Union roadmap and the resolution of the United Nations Security Council,” said Marial, describing it a “slap in the face” of the international community.

Marial claimed that Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) attacks were taking place during Mbeki’s visit.

He said his government condemned the attacks in the strongest terms possible and wants the international community to be aware that South Sudan has a constitutional right and obligation to respond to “such aggression within our territories.”

Juba received criticism from the international community for the occupation of disputed Heglig region in April. With regards to the current alleged wave of aggression, Marial said, “we do not need to be blamed again.”

Speaking at the same briefing, Phillip Aguer, spokesman of the SPLA, said Khartoum had resumed indiscriminate aerial attacks on territories of South Sudan.

Aguer said the SAF attacks took place on Monday and Tuesday, and were “largely targeting innocent civilian settlements” in Northern Bahr el Ghazal State. An SPLA position in Warguet was also targeted, according to Aguer.

He called on the AU to “watch Khartoum’s actions at the border” as he envisages further hostilities. The current attacks which he wants the international community to be aware of are both air and ground based and include an incursion on Upper Nile State on 15 May.

Aguer claimed the 15 May attack took place north of Wedakona in Unity State. He said a SAF attack on the area was immediately repulsed by the SPLA, back to White Nile State.

"At the same time a convoy of militia forces left 23km near Panthou [Heglig] with the clear intention of committing a sabotage attack on Abiemnom and Mayom in Unity State,” Aguer added.


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  • 23 May 2012 05:00, by zulu

    Thugs know death as their means of survival. Use unilateral force as the UNSC provition of article 2046 requests all parties to cese armed attacks against one another and the immediate conditional withdrawal from all contested areas. Send Oulak, Obuto Mamur Mete to teach them a lesson like that of Mount Gordon in 1994

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    • 23 May 2012 05:56, by Chol

      We hope the UN is counting all these incidents and when SPLA put matters into their own hands, the UN or AU should not make any noise!
      Their leadership had no credibility to stop anything after all.

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      • 23 May 2012 06:27, by Chol

        SPLA should do an investigation if biochemical weapons were used against SPLA soldiers by SAF during Panthou attack!

        Sadam Husain chemical stockpile and warplanes believed to have been smuggle to Sudan and Iran before and during American invasion.

        It’s important that SPLM/A do an investigation because dead SPLA soldiers on the ground look suspicious!

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        • 23 May 2012 06:57, by SEE ME

          Do you understand the meaning of biochemical weapons?

          Ask KIR and ISRAEL as they were used in DARFUR by DARFURIAN rebels on villagers.

          The ISRAELIAN biochemical weapon "PHNCK" was supplied by SPLA/M and handled to the rebels of DARFUR who killed our people.

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          • 23 May 2012 10:08, by Lang

            The UN is useless, GoSS should not respond, once they respond they will be condemned. GoSS should just obtain air defense shoot down any sudan antonov, the un will never condemn the north bombing south sudanese civilians strongly.
            No faith or trust should be put into such a useless organization.

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    • 23 May 2012 06:00, by SEE ME

      SPLA/M must stop these lies and propagana if they realy want peace through a brotherly negatiatins.

      SPLA/M must not be blind followers to JEWS and ISRAEL. what ever they instruct you obey and go through it without thinking and evaluating.

      INDEPENDANE doesn’t mean to be blind follwer to outsiders.

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  • 23 May 2012 05:21, by Madina Tonj

    I think Omar al Bashir is trying by all mean to punish Northern Sudanese otherwise, such behavior would have not continues. South Sudan government need to call both AU and International community to go to see in their eyes and SPLM has to document those 80 bombardment and plus unrest bombing South Sudan territories. If AU and UN fail to take any action SPLA must go back to Pan-thou and take Abyei

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    • 23 May 2012 06:10, by SEE ME

      Sister Madina Tonj

      RSS and SUDAN are African brothers and sisters.
      I am sorry to tell that some LEADERS of your SPLA/M are not for the peace in RSS and SUDAN.
      They are for instructions from outsiders to refuel the hatred and then wars.

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      • 23 May 2012 08:18, by codewizards

        SEE ME, What a lie! Do you think SPLM/A do not need peace? Why do they cry to the so called International Community without responding to SAF attacks in the borders and Upper Nile? Do you believe all these news are lies? SAF attack SPLA areas and villages but SPLA never attack SAF in whatever area. Pls, know what you post before u do so.

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        • 23 May 2012 08:34, by SEE ME

          PLS be calm and go back with your memory to the African hero Dr. GARANG and KIR who jumped in this position to conflict Southern and northern Sudanese peoples. MOreover KIR is behind all tragidies between Dinka Bor and MURLE.

          Bear in mind that the certifed professional liar is PAGAN AMON who is suppling KIR with all kind of fabrications exported to him from ISRAEL

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    • 23 May 2012 06:16, by SEE ME

      Madina Tonj

      You look very polite and open minded from all what you have posted.

      Let’s unite and find the most urgent and peaceful solution for this unjustied conflict between brothers and sisters.

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    • 24 May 2012 00:16, by panom lualbil

      MADINA TONJ and OTHERS, please listen and beleive me! Those of ’SEE ME’ and others are our brothers who enslaved themselves to run errand on behave of arabs which divide us. So you should ignore them like ’gas release’ in public meeting by somebody who farted ! You’ll never defeat them in this forum when they know everything from you ! You gotta know who you talking to, bro !

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  • 23 May 2012 05:30, by never

    leadership in the south is suck and not helping any situation. removing of police forces in abyei shouldn’t be done. Dinka ngok properties in abyei have been taken by the Arabs. south need to understand that un never support weak nation and that is what going on right now. south need to stand up and buy weapons instate of stealing money. bher el ghazel leadership with their corruption govern.

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    • 23 May 2012 06:09, by Madina Tonj


      I would not agree with you any more when pointing out that. Bahr al Ghazal leadership with their corruption.The term of Bahr al Ghazal is big than individuals who are committed fraud and it is not the whole regions made corruption. If you say Gogrialism then,you might be right but accusing the whole regions is unprofound. You go to Tonj then, you will be surprise, no good road, no hospitals

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      • 23 May 2012 06:34, by SEE ME

        Madina Tonj

        THAT is very professional reply with your brothers.
        GOD bless you

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        • 23 May 2012 07:06, by realperson

          mr.look me/seeme.

          pls, stop dividing the southers.you are not the judge to judge the case between madina tonj and his fellow souther.

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          • 23 May 2012 07:30, by SEE ME

            My comments are very positive.

            But may be you only willing to listen to any thing stated by white colonizationists.

            PLS..PLS..PLS be free minded African

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      • 23 May 2012 08:07, by never

        madina Tonj
        i don’t believed that people like you are existing in bhar el gaz and if their are people like u out there, they need to understand that nations issues are not solvable by a single group.corruptions leaders in bhar el like malong awan, achule and many others in a ministry from bhar el their gold only it’s to put public funds to their pocket.
        kir needpeople to advise him&not maneyhunter

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      • 23 May 2012 08:35, by Ker.

        Madina Tony

        i hve never known that you are so stupid like this to be fool by murderer called Never
        why do you believe in devil? [satan] wht kind of truth you got in this wicked,s advice.we shud not allow devil to divided us this time round. this is pelican [bird] policy when it is hunting insects in which it said to the nearest insect that am not aiming at you but the far one kumbe it kill it.

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      • 23 May 2012 08:44, by Ker.

        Madina Tony

        Am sorry to attack my fellow S/Sudanese but i wish all of us shud act responsibly in this critical moment when our enemy engulfed us and international community turn blind eye on this hour of tragedy.
        Am not happy to see us being divided.Never shud shut his food mouth and leave us alone.

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    • 23 May 2012 07:16, by realperson

      mr never.

      please, stop genralising the whole bhar el ghazal.Coruption in the south here had been done in ever three former region.If u have problem with president kiir, please it is ur own problem with him but not the pple of bhar el ghazal as a whole.

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      • 23 May 2012 08:30, by never

        have no problem with mr president. i do have problem with a whole bhar el because no one among them choose to advised kir the way he is running the country. by excluding some communities which we think they can be able to tackle they way arabs judge us. instate kir is protecting his leadership and that is way he don’t wanted communities like Bor in his leadership to help him.money/posit

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    • 23 May 2012 07:54, by Chanson

      @Never,Grow up boy and talk sense..are people talking of Bahr el Ghazal Leadership being corrupt or attack from Arabs malitias NCP?
      You are not South Sudan,You,re fake guys that we all knows.

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      • 23 May 2012 08:16, by never

        young man,
        in order to protect the boarder, you need money to buy weapons which are needed to fight a war and now there is no money available because bhar el steal all the money.
        what are we going to do fight a enemy with a stick.

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        • 23 May 2012 11:07, by Chanson

          @Never don young manning me pliz..and please stop your lecturing me,about money for purchasing weapons to fight the war.Who told you that we(South Sudanese) don have weapon to fight the war?
          Anyway let me not waste my time to a man who may never understand what the war is all about.Your name can simply tell, that you can not and never understand anythings in this world of ours.

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    • 23 May 2012 21:44, by Deng David

      let me assure you friend that you are beyond your mother and your father control. What did bhar el Ghazal done to you it seem that the took your sister without paying an dairy.
      Listen to me carefully Never I do not want you to talk against government otherwise you will be call never ever.
      Aim so dismay with this your nonsense.

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  • 23 May 2012 05:43, by solider

    hehe,, nice try.why should SAF attack civilians at this time? do u have any evidence that proves your words?i mean pictures of antinoves ,recorded radar data .why only SAF not SSLA .SPLA is addicted to lie and think the world can be fooled easly

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    • 23 May 2012 05:59, by zulu

      The NCP has turnished sudan’s image to a point even movie directors use the name Sudan in a satanic way. I am pretty sure, this year will be the end for the NCP as the might SPLA uniting all the opposition forces to dislodge the NCP out.

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      • 23 May 2012 06:03, by SEE ME

        DO you mean the anti-virus NCP is very effective against the virus SPLA/M ?

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  • 23 May 2012 05:58, by Waucity

    Attacks are meant to presure Southern Sudan to come to the table quickly and talk about what it will do with poor undignified people in Khartoum..Those who declear to the world this week that they will gladly stone a woman to death..And that they were proud of it.

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  • 23 May 2012 09:29, by Deng

    corruption! corruption! corruption!......nothing will go well unless the big bellies of SPLA corrupt official realised that they need to transfer their stollen money for arms deal with supper powers until we gun down their stupid antonov driven by mercenaries...I am just wondering...this is the second time they hovered over Juba, I hope that the drop a bomb and fell over one of the most corrupt SP

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    • 23 May 2012 09:33, by Deng

      SPLA official in Juba..they were somehow right about getting ride of most official insect of South Sudan but not our hero like pagan Amum although he has that allegations of being corrupted. regardless of where he stole that 30M allegations against him, he is doing great on the negotiating table...that can be recovered later if proven right..see the testimony on Nigeria corrupt officials!!!!

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  • 23 May 2012 16:05, by Kim Deng


    What do you expect if a country is lead by a coward guy? Of course, defeat and humiliation all the time.

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  • 23 May 2012 22:40, by Captain105

    If they carry on attacking us and the International community continue to keep silent. It will not be the same case as when we took over Heglig and withdrew due to International condemnation. This time we will take control of the REAL 1956 borders and we will not withdraw due to pressure. SPLA Oyieeee

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