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Juba cautions Khartoum over military build-up at border


March 26, 2018 (JUBA) – Juba has warned neighbouring Sudan for allegedly deploying its troops at Kuek, north of Upper Nile state.

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Soldiers from the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) redeploy to form a new Joint Integrated Unit (JIU) battalion with the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) under the terms of an agreement on Abyei (Photo: UN/Tim McKulka)

The South Sudanese army (SPLA) spokesperson, Brigadier General Lul Ruai Koang claimed its military intelligence was aware of the heavy presence of the Sudanese army (SAF) along its border with Sudan.

He said Sudanese troops moved with their heavy equipment along the border, and this remains a threat to South Sudan’s sovereignty.

“Where there is movement of manpower with equipment of combat service support, it raises an eyebrow,” Koang told reporters in Juba.

The army spokesperson, however, said, South Sudan would respond to any form of provocation from its northern neighbour’s military.

In September 2012, both Sudan and South Sudan signed a series of cooperation agreements, which covered oil, citizenship rights, security issues, banking, border trade among others.

The two countries in March 2013 signed an implementation matrix for these cooperation agreements. However, the execution of the agreements didn’t go according to the plan.

South Sudan seceded from Sudan on July 9th, 2011 following a referendum on whether the semi-autonomous region should remain a part of the country or become independent. 99% of the southern voters chose independence.

Relations between the two nations soured after South Sudan’s independence following a series of disputes over a number of issues and accusations of support to rebel groups.

Meanwhile, Koang claimed rebel forces allied to the exiled former first vice president Riek Machar and other armed opposition carried out attacks in the Upper Nile, Bahr el Ghazal and Equatoria regions.

The armed opposition, he claimed, also carried out attacks on Nasir town, the administrative headquarters of Latjor state on 21 March.

The same fighters, he further alleged, returned on Sunday launched another attack from three different directions but were repulsed.

Koang claimed Kalageny in Fashoda was attacked and captured from the army by rebel after it came under attack from joined forces loyal to the former agriculture minister, Lam Akol and Riek Machar.

The armed opposition’s deputy spokesperson, Col Lam Paul Gabriel, however, said their forces clashed with the government forces who attempted to pass through areas under their control with the view of wanting to open and allow movement of the civil population.

“This morning at about 8:00am the regime’s forces left their trenches and attacked our positions in Morsak and Sokare, Kajo keji in an attempt to forcefully open the road from Kajo keji to Panyume. The fight is heavy and still ongoing as I write”, said Lam in a statement.

“This came as a result of a meeting held by the regime’s Governor of Yei River Emmanuel Adil and the SPLA-IG [government army] senior officers in Kaya on 17/03/2018”, he added.

Lam claimed Governor Adil and the regime’s forces have planned to militarily engage their forces in Keji kaji –panyume, Lasu –ombasi, Morobo -lujulo-ombasi Morobo-panyume- yarebe, Pakula-yarebe before the next phase of the peace talks resume.

"This is a clear sign that the regime is not ready for a peaceful solution to this conflict created by Salva kiir”, he stressed.

South Sudan has been mired in conflict between force loyal to President Salva Kiir and rebels led by Machar since December 2013. The conflict has killed tens of thousands and displaced almost over 2 million people from their homes, including over a million refugees who fled to neighbouring nations.


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  • 27 March 2018 10:34, by Sunday Junup

    A frog can never jump during day time with out reason it is either pursuing something or being pursue.

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    • 27 March 2018 13:21, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      South Sudan is fighting itself and they want to fight with Sudan. What next after battle?

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  • 27 March 2018 15:43, by Nairobimitot

    South Sudan should unit and leave this Civil War alone. South Sudan need to seek peace for themselves so that nobody attacks them. When South Sudan was united, it took SPLA or South Sudan Army 25 minutes to dislodge aggressors from the motherland. Unite South Sudan.

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  • 27 March 2018 16:25, by Lenin Bull

    This is what America or US has been scheming with Khartoum for many times now. Sanction of money, weapons, etc are designed to weaken South Sudan so that Khartoum will finally destroy or defeat it. But this will not happen. We will surprise you total victory in the coming war should Jalaba make mistake! Watch out.

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  • 27 March 2018 16:28, by Lenin Bull

    Sudan can use their stooges in IO or Riek and Lam Akol, but South Sudan will counterbalance that with Darfur rebels, SPLA-N in Blue Nile and Nuba, and Beja Congress. It will be a nasty war of mutual destruction between the two countries. Sudan better don’t try to provoke that war.

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  • 27 March 2018 22:22, by Kush Natives

    Khartoum has been sick for so long, and still looking for further down fall, where in world would 1 country keep barking at 4 countries at the same time? This is showing that the regime in Khartoum is sick. Bashiir is playing a political confusion out there, nothing else!

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  • 28 March 2018 13:10, by EastSudanisHeaven

    Lenin and Kush
    Their is over 3 million refugees from South Sudan inside Sudan,Yoganda,Ethiopia and Kenya
    More than the have of the population is internally displaced Hungry and Poor
    Your own SPLA leaders are fighting each other and stealing Public money
    General Koang is just nostalgic about the past and hateful to Northern Sudanese people in general.
    Northern Sudan will prosper one day !!!

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  • 28 March 2018 13:15, by EastSudanisHeaven

    We got rid of all dictators in The North and Basheer is next
    But will never get rid of The Dinka Dynasty they are ruling you forever

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