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March 9, 2018 (JUBA) - Kenyan Foreign Minister Monica Juma Friday denied that its country is supplying weapons and ammunition to the warring parties South Sudan.

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Kenyan Foreign Minister Monica Juma, (Moses Muoki/Kenya News Photo)

Juma was speaking in a joint press conference with the visiting US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who is touring five African countries including Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Chad and Nigeria to bolster security alliance in the continent.

Different UN reports point that Kenya has to cooperate with the international community to impose an arms embargo to landlocked-South Sudan within the framework of the ongoing efforts to end the over four-year conflict.

In response to a question about the lack of cooperation from Kenya and Uganda in this respect, Tillerson confirmed the declared position of his government that an arms embargo should be enforced on South Sudan.

Following what the Kenyan top diplomat denied the involvement of her country " in any supply of arms to any of the parties".

"For the longest period of time, Kenya has been involved in the search for peace in South Sudan, and it would be foolhardy that we would invest in the search for peace while at the same time arming parties to that conflict," Juma said.

"So I have to make it abundantly clear that Kenya has no intention of exacerbating that conflict, that Kenya is engaged in terms of efforts to normalize South Sudan, and it is not in our policy or our intention to get involved in supplying arms to either South Sudan," she further stressed.

Last January, Adama Dieng is the U.N. secretary-general’s special adviser for the prevention of genocide accused Uganda and Kenya of contributing to the South Sudanese conflict.

"International partners have to start targeting the accomplices, intermediaries of the South Sudanese parties," Dieng told The Voice of America on 29 January 2018

He stressed that the responsibility is to protect civilians in South Sudan lies also on the regional and international community.

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  • 10 March 09:28, by Games

    Kenya government is looking very stupid on the eye of the international community when they honestly denying the facts

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    • 10 March 17:39, by Garang Akeen Tong

      What is wrong with US, UK, UN & EU in s.sudan

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  • 10 March 10:14, by Eastern

    Kenya and Uganda are the two paths used for supplying firewood to the boiling cauldron aka South Sudan....No doubt or debate about that!

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    • 10 March 12:34, by South South

      Eastern,

      What about Juba airport? Weapons can just be flew to Juba directly from anywhere. What about DRC? Weapons can just come from DRC. What about Central Republic of Africa? Weapons can just be brought from there. What about Ethiopia? Weapons can come from there too. What about Sudan? It is opened to ship thing to South Sudan. Stop your childish talk about Kenya and Uganda.

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      • 10 March 13:19, by Mookachaar Jieng

        Kenya and Uganda were blindly and deafeningly contributed and fueling ongoing war .Uganda sold out their people with food & SSP and thousands of UPDF were killed and died like flies and insects .
        Kenya deported the refugees and sold them for few pound and Kiir gives few dollars.
        That was the reason made Kenya to failed and not get the AU Commission for Peace and Security .

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        • 11 March 21:01, by Garang Akeen Tong

          Liel nyamor achar ya gatkuel, inta. Ke jin kuel yang jaang, ke jin kuel yang murlei, ke jin kuel yang anyuak. Ba lieldu ke liel maardu, ke liel guardu ke liel damor ke nyamor ba kamrar temee.

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      • 10 March 17:25, by Eastern

        South South,

        Childish or eldish, I am ahead of the curve here....Egypt supplying weapons to the regime through Juba Airport has been documented even by the international media. DR Conga and Central African Republic are forgotten lands with their own countries. Sudan and Ethiopia have a lot of worries about their internal stabilities....Kenya and Uganda are under my radar....

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      • 11 March 04:10, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

        South South,

        It is a plain fact that Kenya is the conduit of weapon flow into South Sudan. The port of Mombasa is the point of entry of the military hardware. Any fool in East African region knows that. Kenya has also participated and continues to abduct and deporting anti Kiir South Sudanese to the jaws of death owned by Kiir Mayardiit in Juba South Sudan.

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  • 10 March 12:33, by Sunday Junup

    Kenya,
    No matter what happen in the past, now is the time to act positively in order to bring peace. Stop terrorist act of kidnapping oppositions and start to accept them as peace partners. Also stop supplying guns to rotten Kiir regime other wise you will be caught in the middle by American. They needs action not speeches this time

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  • 11 March 01:30, by Kush Natives

    Idiots rebels, weapons are not the ones fighting the war, but people, don’t be excited, if an arms embargo against South Sudanese government take effect, we will still keep you out of this country hopeless.

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    • 11 March 04:15, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Kush Natives,

      The country did not come out of your mother’s womb. The country belongs to the different ethnic groups that live on it and therefore you do not have the key and lock to bar people from living in their ancestral lands. Stop spewing nonsense.

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      • 11 March 10:16, by Kush Natives

        jur_likang_a_ likan’g,
        No one in South Sudan should denied anybody that inhabited the country, that’s not what I just said, everyone have an equal rights in South Sudan. But, an attitude of rebellion against the state can completely diminish your right right in the spot. We don’t tolerate such mentality.

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        • 11 March 15:50, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

          Kush Natives,

          When there is despotism, sectarianism, oppression of political opinion, lack of political space and lack of all forms of freedoms then rebellion is the answer to authority because it pays no attention to the population. Any patriot, freedom fighter would support that morally, materially, financially and physically.

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