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SPLA denies SAF’s presence inside South Sudan territory

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By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

August 18, 2013 (BENTIU) – The South Sudanese army (SPLA) in Unity state has denied claims that forces from the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) are present inside the country’s territory.

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South Sudan’s SPLA soldiers hold up their weapons as they shout at a military base in Bentiu 22 April 2012 (Reuters)

Speaking to Sudan Tribune on Saturday, Brigadier General Michael Majur Aleer, the chief of operation and the acting officer in charge of the 4th infantry division, described rumours that the SAF had crossed the border into South Sudan as misinformation

He said that the leaders of the two army forces are currently in negotiations to create a buffer zone area, with the African Union (AU) joint border verification monitoring mechanism (JBVMM) facilitating discussion between both sides last week.

“We had a successful discussion on our side as [the] SPLA and also [the] SAF have agreed to move out 10kms from the buffer zone areas in order for the local authorities from both countries to open up customs offices for peaceful crossing”, said Aleer.

The acting officer in charge has confirmed that the SAF demanded that the SPLA leave the disputed Tashuin area, but that South Sudan denied the request, stressing that the area was part of its territory.

He added that the JBVMM team had understood South Sudan’s position.

The SAF has claimed the Parieng junction, an area inside Tashuin territory, but the SPLA maintain the area is situated deeply inside South Sudanese territory.

Aleer cites maps showing South Sudan boundaries, which confirm Tashuin is part of South Sudan, according to a recent border assessment by the AU.

He said the SPLA was prepared to move 500m south and another 500m to the northern boundary, in order to create a 10km buffer zone.

Aleer said the recent discussion between the two countries concerning the military operation along their common border had been successful, adding that he hopes both sides will soon open customs offices 200m from each side in order for immigration to begin.

He said both sides had also agreed to leave a 10km buffer zone, with joint patrols to be deployed to monitor the border and establish a demilitarised zone in the disputed areas.

Earlier this month, the SPLA accused the SAF of a border shooting incident that left one Sudanese soldier dead and injured two others, amid claims the SAF were drilling oil wells inside the buffer zone areas.

The fourth division commander, Maj-Gen James Koang Chuol , says only six SPLA soldiers were patrolling along the buffer zone areas when SAF soldiers opened fire on them on 5 August.

Following the incident, the SPLA accused the northern army of violating provisions of the security agreements reached between both countries.

Koang said calm had since been restored after senior leaders from both sides admitted in negotiation last week that the incident was a normal occurrence in military operations.

(ST)

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  • 19 August 2013 06:46, by Gungwel Ku Jieng

    SPLA TROOPS OF FRONTLINE ARE CAPABLE AND THEY HAVE HIGH ABILITIES TO WITHDRAWAL ANY TERRORISTS MUJHADIEN OF (SAF) FROM OUR TERRITORY SOUTH SUDAN.

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    • 19 August 2013 09:23, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Our gallot infantry forces as they know very well are taking upper arm in the field SAF can not be in our territories.
      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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  • 19 August 2013 07:11, by Bolman

    I’m not believ the SPLA Lies agendas non reasonable ground to be trust if you were still under political party SPLM who insisting believing on new Sudan vision to unted oneday ur agendas just for monetary finding getaway in here i don’t want to hear ur toll free lying

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    • 19 August 2013 07:44, by william

      Liel mor Bolman if you do not beleive in SPLM/A then your are absolutely blind in heart which stupid are?? SPLM/A had brought the tangible independency that all the traitors are enjoying now. without our sacrifices you have still been fuck to get peice of soap so did you in Khartuom shut up ya slavehearted animals.

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      • 19 August 2013 12:57, by william

        Liel mor Bolman if you do not beleive in SPLM/A then your are absolutely blind in heart which stupid are?? SPLM/A had brought the tangible independency that all the traitors are enjoying now. without our sacrifices you would have still been fucked to get peice of soap so did you in Khartuom shut up bitch slavehearted animals.

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        • 20 August 2013 05:28, by Bolman

          sorry William
          Can’t answer your weakly mind hopely I guest your need help my friend sorry i’m not a specialist what connecting my Mother with my Politic my Mother is your Mother of course if you are really the original of SS sorry to hear that weakly language from u by saying liel mor my Mom ass what kind of person are you in this world who missrespecte the his/her own parents i’m sorry for u

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  • 19 August 2013 07:23, by Tutbol

    The only viable way we should our rid ourselves with these pests would be to erect a perimeter fence in future and backed up by the land mines; it would be a tall order, but it is possible as our country would be able to exploit its potentials. encroachments of these pests would not again be repeated by a sound minded S Sudanese. All those bullshit talks of living peacefully with the North are>>>

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    • 19 August 2013 07:35, by Tutbol

      >>> are nothing, but delusional wishful wishes. If there is any hope of peaceful co-existence between the two countries as the propagandists would want everyone to believe; then why do the N Sudan continues to occupy the S Sudan’s lands? The N Sudan is lucky for now, because the S Sudan old guard are playing the game in the North favor, but comes the young guards turn; bringing in anything to do>>

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      • 19 August 2013 07:48, by Tutbol

        >>> with the N Sudan its Arab baggage closer to S Sudan peoples again would a crime against our heroes souls and our existentialism. The so-called Arab of N Sudan have shown us how hate and hatred have deepen that only the creator would hell it, not the gulf states petrol-dollars bribes or the Europeans & the AU ruses that S Sudanese & N Sudanese are the same people is all, but bull-craps.

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  • 19 August 2013 08:02, by Marco Bul

    The Arabs are taking advantage of our disunity.S.Sudan tribes are threatening themselves with wars.This is how they retake our towns during the 1991 tribal wars.Hasira ya mkizi ni furaha ya mvuvi(fish fight is a joy to a fisherman).Think about it.

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  • 19 August 2013 08:32, by Hongchany Jing

    Government of south sudan need to keep a vigilant eye on the border issue,how come the jalaba claiming for Panrieng junction while Helig/panthou its self is within south sudan teritory?
    No wonder they just wanted to make confusion with an intention that South Sudan will forgeting that Helig is their land or they need an other over run by mighty SPLA from Helig?
    By MrHongchanyjing

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  • 19 August 2013 09:14, by Mapuor

    Bravo Mr Brig General.You know where our borders end,keep up.Tushwin and Pariang junction are our territories.We need educated Generals like you not illiterate ones like those who were promoted by Dr Riek,Yau Yau,Matip,Ismail Konyi etc.Mr Kuol should do something in the SPLA now.Hoth has destroyed the SPLA so badly.

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  • 19 August 2013 09:42, by wisemen.

    SPLM- is a party
    SPLM- is Armay
    BUT SINCE SOUTH SUDAN IS AN INDEPENDENT COUNTRY WE NEED TO HAVE OUR NATIONAL ARMY CALLED SOUTH SUDAN NATIONAL ARMY,OR WHAT SO EVER THEY WILL CALLED WHEN PEOPLE AGREE ON IT.
    Because SPLA is an Army which is protecting SPLM party some people may understand it like that
    Long Live
    South Sudan

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  • 19 August 2013 14:11, by Oppressor

    So Funny ....

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  • 19 August 2013 21:18, by Rami Tot

    i think some people misunderstand that our border is tushwin
    our border is kerasana beyond Higlig, so the spoke man should not say that SAF is not operating in our territory or otherwise we give implicitly to Sudanese people? by saying enough the place we are in ? many places have not been given back to us by arab.

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