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South Sudan Kiir "apologises" to US Obama for denying his support to Sudanese rebels


August 4, 2012 (LONDON) — South Sudan President Salva Kiir wrote "an apology letter" to his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama explaining why he denied to him twice that Juba was supporting rebels in neighboring Sudan, a major US publication reported last week, citing a former official.

President Barack Obama talk on Friday, August 3, 2012 (AP)

US officials previously and publicly demanded that Juba stops its alleged support to the Sudanese rebel groups fearing that such behavior would poison the already strained relations between the two countries and lead to an all-out war that would affect regional stability.

The issue of Juba’s alleged support to Sudan people’s Liberation Movement – North (SPLM-N) rebels was raised twice by President Barack Obama personally with his South Sudanese counterpart, but Kiir lied on both occasions, reported McClatchy, one of the largest US newspapers group, last Thursday.

"The problems began the first time the two leaders met, on the sidelines of the annual U.N. General Assembly meeting in September," the McClachy said, citing a former US officials on the condition of anonymity. The second time was "weeks later, during a follow-up phone call that was arranged to move past the September meeting."

The White House was angered by Kiir’s persistent denial as Washington played an important role in securing the referendum on self-determination in South Sudan and backed the new nations up to the declaration of independence on 9 July 2011.

The American Administration had "strong intelligence" about the support that Juba is providing to the rebel groups, the report said.

Following the telephone conversation where he denied once again his support to the Sudanese rebels, Kiir later sent "an apology letter" to Obama, as described by McClachy’s source.

"In that letter, Kiir wrote that he did know about his military’s support to the Sudanese rebels, but he could not admit that to Obama because his advisers were in the room and they did not know he was aware of that support. Kiir said he was working to lessen the support" the paper said.

In a background briefingon the current African tour of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday 4 August, a senior State Department official said the issue of Juba support to rebel groups was raised by Hillary Clinton during her meeting of this week with President Kiir.

"The Secretary addressed it and encouraged there be an effort to resolve these kinds of issues," the senior official said under the cover of anonymity.

He further said that "Salva Kiir did tell the Secretary that he wanted to be helpful to the government in Khartoum in helping them deal with the political issues in South Kordofan and Blue Nile and that he recognized the importance of having a stable and peaceful neighbor next to him."

The senior official emphasized that they also asked Khartoum, which has bad relations with Washington, to stop its support to proxy groups fighting against Juba government.

In November 2011, the White House Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough flanked by Sudan’s special envoy Princeton Lyman visited Khartoum and Juba to demand to the two parties to stop backing rebel groups.

The negotiating teams from the two sides will meet next September to discuss the implementation of security arrangements and particularly a buffer zone that Khartoum refuses to operationalise unless the mediation removes a location called "Mile 14" from a map it proposes to establish it.

The rebel SPLM-N is also expected to engage political talks next month with Khartoum. Regional and international observers believe that the South Kordofan conflict complicated the settlement of unresolved issues between the two countries.

South Sudan’s ruling party, SPLM, seems more concerned by the fate of their former comrades of the SPLM-N despite its alleged support to Darfur rebels. The latter formed an alliance with the former and both demand a comprehensive process to discuss Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan issues.


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  • 6 August 2012 08:09, by omoni jr.

    This is very embarrass news,if it happened to be true then Salva Kirr is very incompetent leader in the world in modern time.

    • 6 August 2012 15:10, by sudani ana

      Salva kiir
      Not just a thief, but also a lier; You should hang your head in shame.

      • 6 August 2012 16:27, by Mi diit

        President Kiir,
        You have the right to support the SPLM north rebels in retaliiation for Khartoum’s support to militias across South Sudan. You didn’t need to apologize but you needed to explain your point clearly to President Obama. Bashir will never apologize for lying to Obama about his support to the militias and Obama will not do any thing to stop him.

        • 6 August 2012 16:34, by Mi diit

          The American officials should respect our president. How dare a junior official in the white house called our president a liar. It is better for our public to call our president a liar but not an official of a foreign country. There must be respectful communication of such issues. I hope Obama will discipline that official in the White House.

          • 6 August 2012 17:42, by Paul Ongee

            The source of this news is from a professional liar— Khartoum whose intention is to tarnish the image of the leadership of this newly born country. Who to blame or apologize for when the captured helicopter ferrying commanders of the late George Athor, several militia commanders surrendering to SPLA are always coming from Khartoum? The list long.

            • 6 August 2012 17:53, by Paul Ongee

              The recent propaganda of alleged aborted coup in Juba was orchestrated in Khartoum, today about apology letter for allegedly supporting SPLM-N NOT captured helicopter or Southern militia sent by Khartoum; all these will not be enough, another Khartoum proganda will emerge until it resorts to war mongering or further confiscation of South Sudan’s oil at end of the day. Khartoum is wasting time.

              • 6 August 2012 18:13, by mohammed ali

                Paul, don,t you read or you don’t understand what you read? READ "President Barack Obama personally with his South Sudanese counterpart, but every time Kiir lied, reported McClatchy, one of the largest US newspapers group, last Thursday." One of the largest newspapers group ! Do you understand? Or should I say when are you going to " start" understanding & using the matter inside your skull!

                • 7 August 2012 17:23, by Paul Ongee

                  Mohamed Ali,
                  I don’t personally buy the fabricated story by someone paid by Khartoum to get this nonsense published on this ST website. Do you think President Obama will agree with the story or has just waken up to realize that Khartoum is a man of peace, a good guy not supporting militia, Janzaweed, Messirya, you name it?

              • 7 August 2012 07:08, by bior angeth

                The Sudans’ problem is not an easy case to be understood by the world. Khartoum is supporting many rebels groups against the South Sudan and directly bomb civilians within South but that act is not seen as violation of agreement. Many civilians had been killed in the South by rebels groups who get support from Khartoum but it has been as South Sudanese carrying it out themselves. I do not know why

                • 7 August 2012 07:19, by bior angeth

                  is it happen that way? Even South can give the proof of Khartoum’s support to the rebels by showing the rebels who surrendered to them but nothing had been done to Khartoum. Khartoum can do everything bad to South and still hope that blame will go to South Sudan.

                • 7 August 2012 13:44, by felix murye

                  Why is the so called America allowing the Khartoum gov’t to support the South Sudanese rebels and begin asking for apologise from our innocent president for supporting his former commorades who helped during the liberation struggle?

        • 6 August 2012 20:07, by Arakat ke Mur,

          Mi dit,
          I can nt blame yu but Kiir should have to apologize to US Obama.

          • 8 August 2012 09:34, by Galaremo

            If its true that the South did support the sudanese rebels then its a (TIT FOR TAT) play of which Obama should have first asked for apology from the killer (Bashir)for supporting South Sudanese rebels if truly he is just and some body who wants global peace.

    • 6 August 2012 19:10, by Deng Ateny Lueth

      Wow!!!, every time there is inconsistences in presidential orders,i wonder why rush into things you would soon redeem wrong in the first place. He Likes "reversing his own gears" too quickly. This’s clear sign of weakness in Kiir leadership. Backtracking at global arena on issues concerning our sovereigty sent nothing but pure Signal of national disrespect, and mountain of shame to our RSS.

    • 7 August 2012 01:11, by Deng Thiak Adut

      Read the article properly. The source is unknown and the language is undoubted ambiguous with no more than a trash journalism credential. Kiir is the President of the Republic of South Sudan and why would he apologise to President Obama, even if he lied? Whoever is this reporter is, no one should care about what he is disseminating. Bashire didn’t apologise for committing genocide, big different.

    • 7 August 2012 01:12, by youngboy

      that is the time,accuse some people for nothing,we peace in the horn of Africa n the rest of World

    • 7 August 2012 07:57, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      The editor of sudantribune should be brough to book on this big liar on the two presidents,get away.

    • 7 August 2012 21:53, by WendeMajok

      Dear commentators,
      Sudan tribune is not only false news provider but a source of conflict incitement, If you can read daily articles clearly then you will find out what I mean! Kiir is not stupid to say that, I pity those who think this is right! I would like to bring it to your notice because it might be helpful to the South Sudanese patriots...get the right info on other sites not here.

  • 6 August 2012 08:10, by Ajok Reech

    Sorry Mr President if it is true that you wrote the so called apolgy letter. it is a shame to South Sudanese people.

  • 6 August 2012 08:11, by omoni jr.

    Are we preaching whiteman?

  • 6 August 2012 08:12, by Deng Thiak Adut

    Dear readers,
    This is the worse article I ever read on this website. The language is filthy, un-educational and ill-informative, incorrect grammatical tenses, full of fallacies and overall it is just lacking journalistic credential whatsoever. Where is the letter you quoting? And why would President Kiir be apologising to President Obama for lying, if he did?

  • 6 August 2012 08:13, by Deng Thiak Adut

    You forgetting that Kiir Mayardit is the President of Republic of South Sudan and owed his utmost duty to protect the South Sudanese citizens only, save as to International Law and International Human right law issues.

  • 6 August 2012 08:22, by Paul

    Kiir didn’t have to contradict himself by apologising. After all, apologising to a president of another state for matters concerning SS does not bring about good image but instead make Kiir a simpleton president of SS.

  • 6 August 2012 08:23, by jjb south

    the support was obvious,in a tit for tat game, but, mr.terrorist bashir the extremist will not apologize & must be forced to do so in order to attain trust b’tn south & north Sudan.the Northern gangs are responsible for militias in the south.

  • 6 August 2012 08:25, by Chol A.

    Can Bahir to apologize to ICC for his crime he deny againist Durfur?. what a made up statement.

  • 6 August 2012 08:35, by Ayom Dor

    No need to apologise!! they are even supporting our Rebels directly!!!

  • 6 August 2012 08:46, by WiseMonyBeer

    Khartoum will always deny supporting Juba’s Rebel Movements, and Juba should always deny supporting Khartoum’s Rebel Movements. That is politics ’bwana’
    Monybeer !

  • 6 August 2012 08:54, by viper

    This the worst of being a friend to this bully country called US. America is one of the tough countries to be a friend to, because its demands and directives are always many and against the national interest of your country. Look how they are now making this big turn! Calling the president a liar by a simple official is a great insult. Writting this fake apology is also an insult to our nation

  • 6 August 2012 09:02, by Mading Makuac

    Dear President,
    Thank for saying that you should not support rebels and i
    hope there was no day you supported them.South Sudan is a
    good country which shouldnot be accused of anything like
    that.Arabs like false accuses

  • 6 August 2012 09:08, by lukee

    I cry when i read your statement here, accussing SPLM Gov’nt of suporting rebels group of sudan. Now if i can ask u as a supper man/power, do u have evident about these allegation and of Suoth Sudan supporting Khartoum rebels? Now S/Sudan has evidence of Khartoum supporting our rebel/militias to destabilize South Gov’nt and u r quiet on issue, what is wrong with u world leaders, if so can

  • 6 August 2012 09:15, by lukee

    con... can u plze simple tell us/world that we International Community need to wipe out South Sudan in Africa and remain with Northern Pple who killed out 2.5m live and put more than 8.8m under slavery since 1955 to upto, now guys lets protest again this act of Oobama..

  • 6 August 2012 09:16, by BM Bol

    Don’t believe a single word about this report. It’s just another Khartoum and Sudan Tribune fabrication.

  • 6 August 2012 09:20, by Jeti

    Apology for what?
    A man to apologise to another man like him, that’s ridiculous!

    • 6 August 2012 16:01, by Loko El Pollo


  • 6 August 2012 09:50, by Kurnyel

    Headed Salva Killer or Kiir what a shame to you, you deny now you accept death to you

  • 6 August 2012 10:02, by Wensi

    I don’t see the real point of apology Letter being sent to Washington. Simple word of mouth would have been suffice. The question is however,as southern sudnanese, can some one able to tell us not to give support to the very people who were standing with us in those difficult days of our struggle. Espeacially, the people of Nuba mountain and blue nile?? Cdr. Yousif Kuwa Meki, remember people?

    • 6 August 2012 17:18, by BM-21

      To my fellow readers.
      Why do our president apologies to Barrack Obama Hessen?
      Mr.Obama ,African had weaken up!
      This is not your Arabs world that you had sideline.
      You be apology to Libya first ,then the rest of the world leaders must be apologies to you and follow by our president Kiir. Why do Omer Al-Bashir refused to go to ICC ,and you were there ,why don,t u tell him to apology.!

  • 6 August 2012 10:33, by Waucity

    Why?...Why?..Did Obama apologized for making weapons in his country?.What is wrong with giving people something to protect themselves..After all in this world weapons are made and handed to people with money and power and those that don’t end up desperately covering themselves with their hands and seeking of mercy in order to protect themselves...I hate Kiir So much for even talking about this.

  • 6 August 2012 11:45, by Aaban

    What does this suppose to mean?

    • 6 August 2012 16:49, by sudani ana

      It means Kiir got a slapped bottom for telling lies to Barak Obama. That’s what it means.

  • 6 August 2012 11:48, by Ayom Ayom

    We expect Bashir to do the same,

  • 6 August 2012 12:18, by okucu pa lotinokwan

    Khartoum was the frist to start supporting s Sudan Militias

  • 6 August 2012 12:59, by Sudani+

    To SPLM idiot supporters,
    1- see what kind of leaders you have " MR jahlool"!!
    2- South Sudan President Salva Kiir had to write an apology letter to U.S. President Barack Obama to explain him why he had to deny twice his support to the Sudanese rebels.
    3- The issue of Juba support to Sudan (SPLM-N) rebels was raised twice by President Barack Obama personally, but every time Kiir lied.

  • 6 August 2012 13:02, by Sudani+

    To SPLM idot supporters,
    4- The American Administration had "strong intelligence" about the support that Juba is providing to the rebel groups, the report said.
    5- Following the telephone conversation where he denied once again his support to the Sudanese rebels, Kiir sent a letter to Obama described as "apology letter".
    Shame on you Kiir, Shame on you SPLM, Shame on you SPLM supporters

    • 6 August 2012 14:18, by Lango2010

      sudani, kurnyel, and likes(those who finger point to Kiir and RSS)markuan atep. mith akuech yee dhieth dhielic, rin ye markeen aguec. ye ngo wic ka bak luel tene Jinub Sudan. na meen ye jong col bashir koc ater Jinub kony ye ngo ci pinynhom looi. to hell with all idiot who think negative about South Sudan.

      • 6 August 2012 14:23, by Lango2010

        hell to those who make propaganda about South Sudan and Salva Kiir in particular, those sons and daughters of prostitutes born in street. let your criminal master go to Hague first before you creat baselies news in this forum. if need be i would request for the support of this rebels because khartoum is the one doing against the RSS.

    • 6 August 2012 14:18, by lukee

      Idiot sudani person u r talking like a sick dog throwing the words, insulting S/sudanese and u don’t have any evident to proved that Kirr is Supporting rebels in Sudan. Tell us motherfucker, fuck ur father am sick coze of u here boi. we have evident to proved that Bashir is supporting our Militias here, now clse ur rotten mouth.

      • 6 August 2012 14:29, by solider

        lukee, yes i have evidence. it is the APOLOGY LETTER. :D

        • 6 August 2012 15:18, by lukee

          u r un-identify person to me think twice and write, and if so don’t believed on propaganda’s of ur useless Gov’t against us and u may hear different thing tomorrow in the news about this article.:D

  • 6 August 2012 14:24, by solider

    SPLM always claim that it is a mighty army but turned to be a rat army. a strong man never lie.

  • 6 August 2012 14:34, by solider

    don;t you ever say SPLM is a might army again. a might army is an army that can keep its WORD. didn’t you say you will never resume oil production through north????? waaay waaay waaaaay

  • 6 August 2012 15:36, by solider

    SALVA KIIR always lie to his people, he believes ss citizens are dump and naive that why he lootes and lie to them all the time.remember when he mentioned the 30000 slaves in north sudan? what happened to them. it turned to be a big kie, now he thought obama is naive ,hehehe, but turned to be not.

  • 6 August 2012 15:43, by solider

    jewish ally,

  • 6 August 2012 15:52, by solider


    • 6 August 2012 21:27, by Observer

      Oh grow up! You are an embarassment to my country. Both Sudans need each other.
      Both countries have corrupt incompetent leaders.
      But let us as the ordinary citizens of both countries learn to live together as we are entwined- no matter what you, M Ali, Jalaby , Dark Angel and the other extremists ( along with the extremists from S Sudan) on here think and say

      • 7 August 2012 00:20, by mohammed ali

        Observer, " my country" ! Are you lying again as your president?! I just feel disgusted from behaviour of changing colour.How dare you talk like this when only yesterday said " Kharti" was pressurized by Clinton.Now you see where is the pressure. Still you continue to lie! Strange! Who is against the interest of the 2 pples? WE? Or the SPLA thieves?! They have been their bank accounts & how ..con

        • 7 August 2012 00:25, by mohammed ali

          con: and how fat they are from the stolen $ 12 billions. The thieves had to sign the deal. Their president called them thieves. How on Earth could any one defend them. America is not doing this for the sake of Sudan, that is absured! They are doing it for the sake of the poor, hungry, starving & marginalized pple of SS! How could a very rich country to leave it’s own pple starving? More than 50 %!

  • 6 August 2012 16:17, by Ahmado

    Splm leaders become useless of this time why because they have no vision. splm have right to support the Splm N since time of NCP deny the popular consultation because CPA granted to them and Abyei was given referandum because stupidness of SPLM leadership they only stand Abyei and left SPLM N to betel with NCP and support SPLM N illigal and was not wanted internaltional.

  • 6 August 2012 16:17, by the Voices of a losts

    alot of idiot in here quite bullshiting,there is no apology letter. this articale is pulling your leg.

  • 6 August 2012 16:42, by Ahmado

    Am sorry to see Kiir write letter to Obama that to saying he has no vision completely and is going to put south Sudan future in danger because of low reasonig we south Sudanese ready stand with SPLM N for the popular consultation NCP deny the popular consultation and SPLA/M south did not say nay thing but when Abyei referandum was postponed SPLM leaders became more concern why?

  • 6 August 2012 17:50, by panom lualbil

    I dont believe if MR. PRESIDENT admited this since he knows our ppl are losing lives everyday of air and ground attack by khartoum’s militias. Doesnt he know ssda/ssdm even David Yau Yau of recently are supported by whom he deny ?

    • 6 August 2012 17:56, by panom lualbil

      correction: by BASHIR whom he always deny?

      • 8 August 2012 10:04, by Ruach

        Guys,what do you think of the word called konkoch?Humiliations will previale!!Konkoch for what?What wrong things did u do to say konkoch to this Muslim man called Oboma?konkoch needs to be judged as it can bring humiliations

  • 6 August 2012 17:57, by Matiop Panchol

    Kiir didn’t have to apologize. The Khartoum government recruits and trains militia groups to destabilize S. Sudan hence S. Sudan also has the right to find alies within Sudan. Secondly, the Khartoum government backtracked on issues signed in the CPA concerning the people of S. Kordofan and Blue Nile. Therefore, the SPLA/M as the leader of the CPA has the moral duty to ensure their implementation.

    • 6 August 2012 18:04, by Matiop Panchol

      Whether Obama had inteligence on the support or not, he didn’t have to be told anyway. It is a national security issue therefore Kiir has the choice to share it with another president or not. And if he chooses not to share, he doesn’t have to apologize.

  • 6 August 2012 18:47, by panom lualbil

    I dont truth this web SUDAN TRIBUNE anymore. This web SUDAN TRIBUNE doesnt contain security either to strict its access. However, our enemies would decided and post anything to fuck ppl’s minds. So many artcles I read this week are full of crabs.

    • 6 August 2012 20:00, by pabaak

      I can’t believe is true that President did make apology for supporting rebels, because me too I think this is make up from sudantribune, they became agent of NCP spreading lies and fabricated news about South Sudan, how many times their reporters are detained is became they came up with information people hardly to believe are true, unless we heard from the President himself or his spoke person

      • 6 August 2012 20:14, by pabaak

        denying or accepting apology to US president, what wrong supporting rebels, did US presidents apologize for supporting rebels every where they extend their support to? including Taliban rebels in Afghanistan during Reagan Administration, the success of rebels to oust Magisto government in Ethiopia in 90s was because of support of US government to rebels, these are few but many cases go on and on

  • 6 August 2012 21:00, by JAMES KUOI STEPHEN

    President Salva Kiir will not make any appologies,he is not international community componentive,You should respect his comment on some issues.If you ignore president of Southern Sudan? Why are you expectating any appologies, appologies demand is a greedy demand.

  • 7 August 2012 04:42, by never

    HOW CAN HE APOLOGISE TO USA president. He can get antyhing right, Abyei is gone, panthou gone and now the south giving billions of dollars to the north.

  • 7 August 2012 08:00, by SeekingTruth

    Dear Readers, rem this saying: "Not that all glitters is gold", likewise, not all news that are put on webs happen to be true. This is just fabrication and propagandas from an evil(Arab)! They know this world is screwed. So they will just make up whatever to suit their current political status. Trust your guts, it is a lie!

    • 7 August 2012 11:01, by michael coma

      NCP will also give South sudan some billions of dollars because Sudan is supporting militias up to now.Yau Yau has formed his rebel in Jonglei state and who is supporting him?NCP.

  • 7 August 2012 13:42, by Anti Terror Anti

    The president is right to apologise if supporting rebbel of old sudan was real becos alway say true saying shall set u free as in the Bible.....this is for the sake of vulnerable pple in south sudan and also 4 our youngest nation solid foundation. 4 u who will take it negatively as u u always think take the way u want but pple aplogis 4 rel

    • 7 August 2012 15:48, by michael coma

      The Arabs intelligents are behind this news becoz every provocative news raised from North like coup that was almost brought confusion among Southers was framed in Khartoum by I .T itelligents.Our government need to put genuine people to I.T schools and not primitive people from relatives but Southerners.

      • 8 August 2012 05:42, by Dinkawarrior

        We South Sudanese are watching very closely for who is going to saved and service to this Nation.
        He/she must be free and clean from Corruption, Tribalism, Nepotism, Negligence, Greediness, and Bloodbath.
        Louis Lobong for Presidential Candidate 2015!!
        My short list are Rizik Zackaria, Taban Deng Gai, Joseph Bakosoro, Maker Thiong Maal, and more!

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