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South Sudan “promises” to consider expulsion of Darfur rebels


January 15, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – South Sudan has promised Khartoum to consider expelling members of Darfur rebel group Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) from its territories, according to a senior Sudanese diplomat.

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Members of Darfur rebel group (JEM)

Juba has previously denied the presence of JEM in its territories after the Sudanese government complained in December last year to the the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) that members of the rebel group from Sudan’s western region had crossed the new international border into South Sudan.

Khartoum urged the UNSC to pressure South Sudan to refrain from providing any form of support to the rebels and expel them from its territories.

The promise to take Khartoum’s expulsion request into consideration were made during the ongoing visit of a Southern diplomatic delegation to Khartoum, according Salah Wansi, Sudan’s state minister for foreign affairs.

Wansi said on Sunday following talks between the South Sudanese diplomats and Sudanese officials, that South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir “understands” Khartoum’s request for expulsion of Darfur rebels.

“In the talks they [Southern diplomats] asserted their desire to play a positive role and that they are not directly supporting Darfur groups,” Wansi told reporters.

The South Sudanese delegation, led by deputy minister for international cooperation Elias Nyamlel Wako, is on a five-day visit to Khartoum where it has already held talks with vice-president Ali Osman Mohamed Taha and foreign minister Ali Karti.

Karti on Sunday described the visit as the real beginning of an impetus to overcome the current situation between the two neighbouring countries.

The already tense relations between Khartoum and Juba have sunk deeper in recent weeks due to a stalemate over the fees landlocked South Sudan should pay for the use of Sudan’s pipeline infrastructure to export its oil.

The recently separated countries are due to resume talks on the oil issue in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Monday.

Sudan’s top diplomat said he hopes the visit of the South Sudanese delegation would serve as a point from which other issues can be addressed. Karti emphasised the importance of transforming political dialogue into an objective dialogue on issues of economic cooperation.

On the other hand, the leader of the southern delegation, Elias Nyamlel Wako, denied his government’s knowledge of any presence of Darfur rebels in South Sudan.

He went on to affirm that the arena of diplomacy would not be affected by tension on the border areas. “What is happening between the two countries will not stop the continuation of building prosperous diplomatic relations” he said.

Sudan Tribune has learned that South Sudanese diplomats had quizzed their Sudanese counterparts on allegations that South Sudanese citizens in Khartoum were being abducted and forced to be recruits of southern rebel groups.

The southern diplomats also raised concerns that Khartoum was supporting rebel groups in South Sudan.

South Sudan accuses Khartoum of supporting rebel groups in its territories, a charge Sudan denies.

Last week Khartoum named Mutrif Sidiq, a former state minister for international cooperation, to serve as Sudan’s ambassador in Juba.

South Sudan seceded from Sudan in July last year as per a vote granted under a 2005 peace deal that ended more than two decades of civil war between the two sides.


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  • 16 January 2012 07:47, by mosa mel

    If you now acept support of darfur rebell, why you denied existing rebel in South Sudan in all this time? This govt disapoint its people or its supporters. please think before you say intead to think after you say.

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    • 16 January 2012 08:10, by THE UNDER COVER

      This could be a lie because there is no JEM rebel in South Sudan at the first place leave alone their expulsion.

      Khartoum can lie to get support from international community that the republic of South Sudan is supporting rebel groups in the country but it will not work.

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      • 16 January 2012 15:47, by Lang

        How can sudantribune just take a statement from a terrorist in the Khartoum government and take it as fact? Propaganda!
        When this comes from the mouth of a south Sudanese official than you can report things like this.

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        • 16 January 2012 15:48, by Lang

          There’s no JEM in South Sudan.

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      • 16 January 2012 20:52, by ebony

        but who is telling a lie here..the story is about Juba not khartoum

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    • 16 January 2012 08:46, by omoni jr.

      Promises?????????? what????
      This is another of surrendering to yourselves to Arabs masters in Khartoum. South sudan diplomats need to retrained or taught how to talk diplomatically,this information is amount to conspiracy agains the government of south sudan.Dont go khartoum and started shivering as if Arabs gonna kill you guys. We do not host or habour any rebels from khartoum here, in south .

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    • 16 January 2012 11:39, by Mour Anyaar

      dude your are absoultely right, they are so naive. flip-flop is not helpfull sometime. in my view, we are not gonna stop supporting Jem rebels or whatever in darfur. if the north government are not stop supporting our rebels

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    • 16 January 2012 12:07, by Legacy Elites

      Coward RSS Kiirian corrupt regime. Khartoum is supporting RSS rebels openly, they are stealing South Sudan oil openly but now this regime wants to expel refugees who fled Khartoum genocide. That is coward jonkoz regime. They are afraid of jur mathiang

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    • 16 January 2012 12:58, by Manyieldit

      This is just a coined report, there is no any statement from our delegation concerning the support for Dafur rebel. Khartoum wanted to fabricate the statement said by one of the members. There is no Dafur rebel in South Sudan instead it is Khartoum who is abhorring South Sudan rebels.

      Let the media in Khartoum not to deceive the world.

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  • 16 January 2012 08:43, by Martin Kat

    No Darfur JEM rebel are in territoy of South Sudan. This are the propaganda of the war of words you don’t remind about it.

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    • 16 January 2012 10:56, by Wen De David Kuol

      Our Diplomats must know Khartuom NCP need taught people who do not apologies for unknown reason.Where are the Rebels to Expel in South Sudan if they are not mad?
      Chad Scanarioas is difeerent from Juba, JEM was operating in Chad and Libya as they are relatives to Chadian Presidents, in the South do we share relationship? why is our Government so soft toward Khartuom, I wishes we have Pagan as Del

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    • 16 January 2012 22:18, by Stephen kuach

      Martin Kat!
      Do you really understand the article in the first place,what i was trying to explain to Mr.Jalaby,was the disarment of their rebels within the North,do we as Southerners have to disarm their rebels?No we’re not suppose to do so because they’re within their territories,we have our own problem to deal with,always read the statement thoroughly before you conclude your judgement

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  • 16 January 2012 09:53, by Ahmado

    Khartoum complain about jem rebel what about supporting ssla/m why south sudan were not complaining ?they should stop their noise.

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  • 16 January 2012 11:09, by Anynya One

    Hey.. Yaa JaLaba inta ibn wiskha! did you get hold of Bashir your thief president? do you know his crimes? if not plz Shutt your pussy up goofy shitt!President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, indicted by the International Criminal Court for carrying out GENOCIDE!, GENOCIDE! GENOCIDE! in the western region of Darfur remember? Before we solve other problems, did you get hold of him?

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  • 16 January 2012 11:37, by Anynya One

    Bashir keeps flying to countries that were liberated by NATO what did they do? Where is the ICC? It’s a game of money & who cares. Politicians around the world joke and laugh at Africans dying like dogs. Here Arabs using politics suckin Africans blood & resources for real 22 years? 2,000,000,000 dying since Mohamed Ali, till now! Wait we got to get hold of this Guy now, no escape, it’s time!!!

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    • 16 January 2012 11:51, by Mour Anyaar

      Anyany one
      al bashir matter of seconds,minutes, hours, days, a weeks months, and a year. He will be hung like his comrade.

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  • 16 January 2012 12:01, by Jeti Chiteng-Liu

    Why expel them when North Sudan is hosting your bunch of rebels!!! Stop being cowards and let JEM, SLA and SPLA-N remain in the South protected and supported..........

    Jeti Chiteng-Liu
    Pyongyang, North Korea

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  • 16 January 2012 15:53, by pabaak

    This is a mere lie from NIF regime government in Khartoum, they are testing water if somehow they can find some ground in the upcoming negotiations in Addis Ababa,I don’t think any South Sudan delegation would say that, if they now recruit new rebels against South Sudan then what would be a motive to expel any opposition groups in South Sudan.

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