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Sudan’s defense minister says Khartoum will not allow Juba to support rebels


January 8, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese defence minister, General Abdul Rahim Mohamed Hussein, has stressed that his country will not allow South Sudan to serve as a mainstay for Sudan’s rebels, warning that Khartoum is ready for war if Juba seeks it.

Sudan’s Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Mohamed Hussein - Sudan TV

Sudan has already branded its southern neighbour as “the biggest threat to national security” less than seven month since the south seceded to form an independent state in line with a 2005 peace deal that ended their decades-long civil war.

The ex-war foes remain engaged in floundering talks to resolve their disputes over oil resources, demarcation of borders and the contested region of Abyei.

In a packed rally held on Sunday at the main stadium of Sinjah town, the provincial capital of Sinnar state in central Sudan, General Hussien said that Sudan would not allow the south to become “a springboard for Sudan’s enemies”.

Khartoum and Juba routinely trade accusations of supporting rebel groups on each others territories. Sudan has complained twice to the UN Security Council (UNSC) against Juba’s alleged support for rebels of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N), which is fighting the Sudanese government in the border states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile, and rebel groups from Sudan’s western region of Darfur.

“Khartoum has ceded the south for the sake of peace. If you [Juba] choose to do otherwise, we are ready for it”, Hussien warned.

He went on to assert that Sudan is ready to defend its territories should the south seek hostility.

However, he later toned down his criticism and affirmed that Khartoum is interested in having good relations with the south.

“We want safe borders and good neighbourly relations. Therefore we hold out our hands [to the south] in good faith for friendship” he added.

Stadium mishap kills three, injures 100

In related news, at least three people have been killed and more than 100 injured in a stampede at Sinjah’s stadium during the rally in which the defence minister delivered his speech.

Eye witnesses told Sudan Tribune that the incident occurred following an altercation involving a police and army officer.

The witnesses said that the crowd started to panic and rushed to the gates after police forces fired tear gas to break up the fight.

One witness said five people were killed but an official at Sinjah’s Hospital said only three dead bodies were received.


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  • 9 January 2012 06:32, by mathem jech amer

    Mr. Hussein

    You are already under punishment that’s why fight broke out when you talked ill of South Sudan.

    Your days are numbered and you are second to Gadaffi or else face the Hague.

    Devils always add more crimes since they know that there is no more arrest warrant besides ones already issued.

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    • 9 January 2012 11:25, by Logic

      If this story was somewhere in S. Sudan, the usual racist northern bigots (you know who you are) would’ve labeled S. Sudanese as anarchists, primitive and every other derogatory name under the sun but when it happens in N. Sudan. None utter a word, typical!

      Hussein, you’re a coward and the lead SAF pussycat! You words are empty, hollow and meaningless you criminal waste of space.

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  • 9 January 2012 06:51, by Lang

    They threaten us every week with war, they bomb our territory, abduct our people for militias, and steal our resource. Now they have the nerve to say that GOSS is the one who is the actually threat here.
    God help these psychotic terrorists.

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  • 9 January 2012 08:53, by Padiet Deng Alony

    Do not panic when you just mention the name of South Sudan.

    Sennar state border Upper Nile State at Renk County.watch out red line.

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  • 9 January 2012 08:59, by Madina Tonj

    Mohamed Hussein.

    You are already in the list of wanted people by ICC for war crimes, what are you talking about. Your government is the one who arming thousand Southern Sudanese and forcing its Students and Traders Southern Sudanese in Northern Sudan to go for training against GOSS. We know you guys are so jealously this is why always focus on S,Sudan otherwis, you should solve your own problems

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  • 9 January 2012 09:59, by Rommel

    This is the same man who claims that the Sudanese air force was able to eliminate Khalil Ibrahim at 164, 000 ft in altitude, when the most advance air forces in the world perform surgical strikes at 18, 000ft to 24, 000 ft.

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    • 9 January 2012 10:37, by Rommel

      I tire of these threats! Our incompetant ’government’ should acquire Russia’s S-300PMU2 immediately. The S-300PMU2 can track 100 targets simultaneously, 300km away. If we station the S-300PMU2 in Bentiu, we can down aircraft as far away as Kadugli (200km). If we station it in Pariang - even further!

      The sheep in Juba must go! They are having us subjected to humiliation!

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    • 9 January 2012 11:33, by Logic


      These guys don’t understand facts brother, its whatever comes out must be true. A minister of defense who don’t even understand the technical ability of his forces, if indeed he made that mistake.

      SRF is marching, these fake (wana-be-Arab) dudes who have destroyed our country will pay heavily. N. Sudan is going to revolutionize by any means necessary.

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  • 9 January 2012 14:00, by Morthon Akol

    Mr. Abud Rahim Hussein, now because of your seach three people died.So do you thing that you are doing something good to Sudanese people? we people of South Sudan, we really need peace with our brothers in the North. to have a good Neighbor is batter always.

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    • 9 January 2012 18:31, by Double Gile

      LOL, Sudanese (jalaab)speak with no fear becuase they already know they are criminals and terrorist.please, please mr Abud Rahim,if south sudan have interest to support northern rebels,no longer your titled defence m...
      make sure that it was khalil who entered khartoum some years back,imagine how wuold it be..
      south sudanese are human,blessed,strongest and brave,southern never fight with nothin

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  • 9 January 2012 20:13, by mosa mel

    It is the same to Juba governement body. You will Smell smoke soon in Khartoum if you don’t change your behaors.

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    • 10 January 2012 18:26, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

      Mr hussein.can u plz recalls what happen in Jau! otherwise no one is made of metal.Come for a showdown.we are no longer pregnant of baby ROSS.

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