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South Sudan say Toposa can be disarmed within regional plan

October 29, 2009 (JUBA) — Sudan’s First Vice President and President of Southern Sudan Government has said his government cannot disarm Toposa tribe as long as members of Kenyan tribe of Turkana hold arms.

The Sudanese Toposa are based in eastern Equatoria near Sudan Kenya border. The members of this pastoralist ethnic group who were armed by Khartoum to fight the former rebel SPLA during the north south war, have regular disputes with the other tribes in the same state but also clash with other tribes in the neighboring Kenya and Uganda.

Following a meeting held with the Kenyan Prime Minister yesterday Salva Kiir stated that he would not disarm Toposa while the tribe of Turkana continues to attack them.

He said regional effort is fundamental to creating peace among the three cousins, Toposa of Sudan, Turkana of Kenya and Karamojong of Uganda.

Salva told the Ugandan Prime Minister, that disarmament of Toposa require to disarm Turkana who are still holding arms.

The Southern Sudan President said the issue of conflict between Toposa and Turkana will be addressed by a joint committee due to be established.

He further said regional effort is fundamental to creating peace among the three cousins, Toposa of Sudan, Turkana of Kenya and Karamojong of Uganda.

Last week Kenya denied the death of its troops following a statement by southern Sudanese army saying the Toposa had killed 16 soldiers.

Also the Kenyan Labor Minister John Munyes, who is also a Member of Parliament for Turkana North Constituency, threatened to quit cabinet if allegations leveled against him by southern Sudan officials are not cleared.

However the southern Sudan officials said they had never accused him of being an agent for Sudanese government.

(ST)