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Sudan says cessation of support to rebels prerequisite to peaceful relations with south


March 29, 2012 (KHARTOUM/JUBA) — Sudan’s foreign minister Ali Ahmed Karti reaffirmed that talks are the only choice Juba has to settle the disputed issues between the two countries but warned that being peaceful neighbours involves stopping any support to rebel groups operating in Sudan.

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Ali Karti, Sudan’s Foreign Minister.

Karti’s statements follow a speech by Sudanese president Omer al-Bashir at the Arab summit in Bagdad where he said that his government is firmly committed to achieve peace and build good relations with Juba as well as to avoid a return to war. He also denounced foreign conspiracies aiming to obstruct peace between the two countries.

The Sudanese army repulsed an attack on Monday 26 March on Heglig oil field, which produces 60,000 barrel per day, around the half of Sudan’s production. Khartoum said the assault was carried out by the South Sudanese army and Sudanese rebels. On Monday South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, claimed his country’s army was responsible for the attack.

Different sources in Juba told Sudan Tribune that the announcement of the attack by Kiir had caused consternation among ministers and members of the government because the cabinet, in an extraordinary meeting earlier on Monday, had decided to work with Khartoum for a negotiated settlement over the pending issues and to support the efforts of the chief negotiator, Pagan Amum.

South Sudan’s security services are being accused of mounting the attack on Heglig with the Sudanese rebels who were annoyed by the recent deals reached by the negotiating teams of the two countries in Addis Ababa and the announced visit of the Sudanese president to Juba.

Speaking after the return of the Sudanese delegation from Bagdad, the Sudan’s foreign minister Ali Karti told reporters in Khartoum that "the only way available to the government of the South Sudan is a return to the negotiating table." Pointing out that the attack on Heglig contradicts with the message brought by its delegation led by Pagan Amum, last week.

Karti went to say that the attack on Heglig reveals "the deep divisions in the ranks of the Government of South Sudan and indicates that there are parties who do not want the voice of peace to prevail."

The minister stressed further that the will of those who came to Khartoum to invite Bashir to visit Juba was overshadowed by others who wanted to stop the rapprochement between the two countries.

He pointed out that President Salva Kiir committed a big mistake "when he went overjoyed to announce during a public meeting saying ’We have got what we want to be reached through negotiations’, even without checking and make sure that the attackers have controlled or not Heglig effectively."

On Monday 26 March Kiir said his government contests Sudan’s sovereignty over Heglig and wanted to discuss the issue peacefully with Khartoum but the South Sudanese army repulsed an attack by the Sudanese army and now control the Heglig.

Karti further said the Sudanese army "repelled the attack and is ready for dialogue if the other party is serious." He stressed that what happened was an attempt by the rebels to pressure Juba’s government.

Regarding the Sudanese rebel groups, the minister said Juba harbours Darfur and South Kordofan rebels and this represents "clear intentions of aggression".

Referring to the efforts carried out by the African Union in Addis Ababa, Karti said the technical committees meeting there should focus on the security issue before to go through the other files.

In Juba, reliable sources said the SPLM Secretary General and top negotiator was one of those who reacted negatively against the reports by intelligence services about the attack and its circumstances.

The issue shows that the Sudanese rebels can impact on the South Sudan government, said a Western diplomat. The added that Juba’s leaders should not believe it can use their former comrades who fought together with them against Bashir’s government without such risk.

He further warned that the "card of regime change" played by Juba might discredit its leadership before the international community which seeks to bring peace and stability in the region.

"This is why we endorsed the South Sudanese will for an independent nation several months ago," he said.


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  • 30 March 2012 10:41, by mujtaba

    no time for negociations. Our army made Salva looks fool by defeating Spla in less than an hour from his declaration of controlling heglig
    why juba to negociate and they claim to import oil via kenya !!
    Really the most stupid system in the world

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    • 30 March 2012 23:36, by Deng Ateny Lueth

      Nobody, and nobody at all determine the course we took to separate from the North. it was our inevitable and compulsory decision we took to separate and if anyone was going to stand in our way, South Sudanese were ready to resacrify their precious blood once more had anybody tried to alter the choice of separation. Ali should not credit himself for what he didn’t do.

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    • 31 March 2012 04:12, by zulu

      Mugtab, Dont read news but listen to it. SPLA withdrew, but afte making a statement that you will never penetrate into the South but we can go deep 30 miles.
      Note. Talodi fell today and you fools will attribute it to south sudan. These guys are more organized now than ever. We will give them any support they need to change the genocidal regime you have. Bravo SPLA-N

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    • 31 March 2012 06:22, by $iong mayom

      How about we both cease supporting each other’s proxies!! would that help reduce hostilities between both sides, clearly demanding the other side to stop doing the exact same stuff you practice isn’t going to bear fruit I’m afraid!.

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  • 30 March 2012 10:51, by mujtaba

    since South support sudanese rebels , it is a must now exhaust them with wars , internal and with us.
    With that degrees of corruption in south we can south in hell ..
    All we have to do is providing southern mititias with weapons and a few dollars, they will do the job for us

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  • 30 March 2012 11:01, by michael Nhomlau

    South Sudan (Juba) is ready for peacefull settlement of the disputed areas, but in case of any aggressiveness behavious in it border, then South Sudanese will defence its with any available means. SPLA oyeeeeeeeee

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  • 30 March 2012 11:01, by mujtaba

    we have long histories of igniting internal wars with our enemies
    it is time to feed south with that spoon especilly we still have many friends there.
    after they attacked Heglig wich is even not a disuted area
    No Peace with South
    we can destruct all their oil infrastructures to ashes
    and then will kill each other

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    • 31 March 2012 01:31, by zulu

      Mugtada, First, it is clear our geographical paradox and history does not allow us to live side by side. Secon, sudan has to cede South Sudanese territories in return for peace. Third, you cannot claim to feed South Sudan because it is a paradox that a desert feeds marshlands. Get it.

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  • 30 March 2012 11:06, by mosa mel

    You always lies but you lies always come back to be against you as well as we you were decived to Sudanese about referendum, oil, and many. If you don’t want to tell the trust, we will capture our land by force. You are the one plan attack so that no border agreement reach.

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  • 30 March 2012 11:20, by viper

    It is a dream to those who call for neighbourhood co-existence with the North. Our country (S. Sudan) will not enjoy stability unless we get rid of NCP in Khartoum replaced by SRF. Our comrades deserve a friendly help so that they can achieve their aspirations in Sudan and iam sure that, we the former combatants are willing to reinforce this SRF till those fake Arabs go back to Arab peninsula

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    • 30 March 2012 12:31, by Morthon Akol

      Dear brother, the language we use will not solve the problem at all. we should use the diplomacy because diplomacy is a language which can juggle a hot potato long enough for it to become a cold issue. now the chief negaciater went to Khartoum to give the invitatio to President Bashir officially if the are knowing that their foces are going for an attack why do they go to Khstruom.

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  • 30 March 2012 12:02, by wad balad


    We need to support the SSLA immediately, they have been asking for our help for some time now. They are fighting for the marginalized thin and tall janooben unlike the SPLM officals. Juba is already goin dark in a few day with no fuel and the SPLM is weak. The SSLA can bring peace to both North and South.

    SSLA oyeeeeeeeee or watever mambo jambo u guys are on about

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    • 30 March 2012 12:36, by Deng II

      Sudan realized that they dealing with coward corruptive government and coward army been dominated by coward Nuer soldiers and commanders. Is there is any one out there who gonna tell me any batallions where Nuer are Majority captured town during the movement from 1983-to the present?
      Only incident I know was battellion called Gol(Wolf)commanding by Rick Machar in 1985 who captured Mayom city.

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      • 30 March 2012 12:40, by Deng II

        Rick Machar captured Mayom city in a matter of one hour and recaptured by sudan army within that one hour. And that is what happened in heglig.

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        • 30 March 2012 13:07, by Deng II

          I wonder when will Nuer quit helping Arab. Any town located near or in Nuer lands during the wars, there must be Nuer folks helping Arab there, For example, Jokoy, Nather, Wutlang, Yod, Malakal,Bentiu, Mayom, Juba, Acoba, Heglig, and etc are the towns Nuer peoples help Arab Killing South Sudan starting from 1983-to present. fuck u Nuer.

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  • 30 March 2012 12:21, by mujtaba

    We still keep strong ties with many southerners (miltia leaders,tribal leaders and even splm officials)

    we are successful in making them do the job 4 us so far . If you thought again of attacking north land
    we would make you pay high price
    now about 40,000 Mujahideen soldgers come to stand by our army once they heard the first news of heglig.. The army did the job by itself but soon they w

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  • 31 March 2012 04:04, by Born-to-Rule

    It so painful to listen to this idiot Ahmed Karti, everything that comes out of his mouth is always poisons "Warning to the South" of the consequence of war. This fool have no respect for south Sudan government and it’s people. Someone need to remind this Buffoon that south Sudan is not a part your country any more. karti, you are not a minister but a PR idiot.

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