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South Sudan says not part of Khartoum crisis, vows to protect its territories

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March 4,2012, (JUBA) - South Sudan repeated its claim that it has nothing to do with the conflicts in Sudan’s western region of Darfur, South Kordofan state and Blue Nile state, all of which border the young nation.

After South Sudan seceded in July last year its party, Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) says it cut ties with the northern sector of the party Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N), which is now fighting the Sudanese military as part of an alliance with Darfur rebels.

Majak D’ Agoot, South Sudan’s deputy defence minister and one of the influential members of SPLM said, in an exclusive interview with Sudan Tribune, that his country does not have any part in the ongoing crisis in the neighbouring Sudan.

“We have said over and over again that we are not part of their crisis. They are making these allegations only to divert attention of the Sudanese citizens from their own failures”, Agoot told Sudan Tribune on Saturday in Juba.

He accused Sudan of having been the first to immediately violate the agreement which the countries signed in Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa in February.

Khartoum says that Juba violated the agreement by taking part in an attack on Jau, one of the many disputed territories along the poorly demarcated new international border. Juba denies this and the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF), a coalition of the three main Darfur rebel groups and the SPLM-N have claimed responsibility for the attack.

South Sudan has claimed that Khartoum supports the various rebellions in the seven month old country in an attempt to undermine the new nation in the hope that it will be able to regain control of the oil resources it lost with secession.

On 10 February 2012, the two countries, under negotiations brokered by the African Union High Implementation Panel (AUHIP), under the chairmanship of former South African president, Thambo Mbeki, signed a memorandum of understanding on non-aggression and cooperation.

The agreement encourages the two sides to respect each others sovereignty and territorial integrity and rejects the use of force in conducting their relations.

"Sudan became the first to immediately violate this agreement by launching ground attacks on Balbala area in Western Bahr el Ghazal State and bombed civilian population in Jau area in Unity State, just a day after the signing of the deal”, D’ Agoot said.

“We will not attack but we will never allow our territories to be invaded”, D’ Agoot pledged while explaining that his country remains committed to peaceful settlement of the pending issues which the two parties did not implement in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

South Sudan and Sudan still have to come to a deal on oil, debt, borders, citizenship and the disputed territory of Abyei.

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  • 5 March 2012 06:54, by Ruach

    What about Antinov which will come to bomb our Civilians in our territory(Air space)?Will u bring antinov?

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    • 5 March 2012 10:57, by viper

      Ruach, you have asked a very good question which will not be understood by those drunkards in Juba. Have you bought an anti-aircraft Majak or which defend are you talking about? Do you mean the defence by AKM47 which Abyei was defended last year? We are tired of empty promises comrade

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    • 5 March 2012 20:38, by morogot batal

      LET THEM KEEP ON ACCUSSING 4NOTHING.. THEY WILL GET US ONE DAY KNOCKING THE DOOR OF OMER BESHIR
      - AM ONE OF THE PERSON THAT NOT YET SATISFIED KILLING THESE FAKE ARABS

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    • 7 March 2012 08:03, by peace seeker

      Silly lies.

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  • 5 March 2012 07:12, by George Bol

    SPLM/A oyee. Mr Ruach please stay calm because spla has been fight SAF and Militia for years. Now, it will be different stories for Khartoum. There is not area that can be liberated by air. Notice that rules dear.

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  • 5 March 2012 07:24, by Madina Tonj

    Dr. Majak Agoot Atem
    I agree completely, since the vote for her independent Omar al Bashir announced in Eastern Sudan region claiming, we will fight in Southern Kordofan State, South Blue Nile and Abyei and immediately they started war in Southern Kordofan following Blue Nile. Instead they should blame their action then, they just jump to wrong accusation which have room at all.

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  • 5 March 2012 08:05, by mohammed ali

    These looooters donnot see or feel what is happenning to their own people.Gentelman, you have half of your population are starving,yet you are talking about Khartoum crises!Sudanese are quite intelligent pple,it is very hard to make a word of what you are saying.Nobody on Earth believes that you are not supporting rebells in Sudan.South Kordufan has no border with any other country except SS;..co

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    • 5 March 2012 08:14, by mohammed ali

      ..unless the sky is raining amunition, fuel, armoured vehicle & tanks!These loooters think only about their families abroad and their foreign bank accounts.Mchar is touring the states with his family on a first class seat, who has got a house there, while pple are dying of hunger! Could anyone tell me from where did he got that much money.6 years ago he had nothing not a penny!..con

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      • 5 March 2012 08:21, by mohammed ali

        ..Let them bring their families home and live the life of ordinary southerners , so that they could feel very well the crises in Khartoum!It is good that they shut the pipe-line , so that they wont be any money to looooot.Marginalized, who never dream of getting to an aeroplane, save for 1st class seat, were benfiting nothing from this oil!

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      • 5 March 2012 08:24, by Daniel Buolmawei

        Not a penny? You think the PhD of Dr. Reik Machar could bring no money to him? Reik Machar was more educated and a professor before he joined the SPLA/M, do you think he was not paid when he worked as a professor?

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        • 5 March 2012 09:18, by mohammed ali

          Daniel, I know Machar better than you! He was in the bush for ages, he was not working , hence no salary! Do you mean that job made him to buy a house in the states & uk and Khartoum. His house in Khartoum worth $ 2 million!

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    • 5 March 2012 08:19, by Daniel Buolmawei

      Mohammed, you are lucky that I am not a president yet, otherwise I would any enemies against you because you have been doing this against southerners for many years. Why supporting enemies against someone is bad now?

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      • 5 March 2012 09:24, by mohammed ali

        Daniel, doing what? Supporting your enemies? who are they? Look, it is quite easy! You have your country, peace is much valuable to you than to anybody on Earth. You are not " a single united nation " yet, and you donnot have an army, yet. South Sudanese people need PEACE and only peace.You can carry on with your oil money looooting, they want peace only ..ONLY!

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  • 5 March 2012 08:20, by George Bol

    Jallaba and Mohamed are South Sudanese. They even know this fact but their slave mentality make them keep blaming their brothers and praising their enemy. These are characteristics Of D0r or Nyamnyam in the south since the war began.

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    • 5 March 2012 09:27, by mohammed ali

      Bol, this coming out from your own wrotten racial mentality & inferiority complex!You are enemies of each other more than anything!Enemies of yourself!

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      • 5 March 2012 22:02, by Son of Upper Nile

        Jalaby & M. Ali
        South Sudan has only 4 states bordering North not 7. We in Upper Nile has the longest border with the North bordering 4 States. But Who told you that we want NCP curriculum that made me as a graduate of U of K during Bashir regime need TOEFL, IELTS and other English tests to go for further studies in a respected University. Although there is no better than freedom.

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        • 5 March 2012 22:10, by Son of Upper Nile

          Cont. But still all states except Jonglie are better than when they were under your rule. There is more children going to school, better payment, & no confused identity...etc. We are not saying everything is fine. yes half the population may face food shortage (not starvation) but remember when you were ruling the South in 1998 the whole B.Gazal region experienced the worst famine in Africa histor

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          • 5 March 2012 22:18, by Son of Upper Nile

            in African history. Issues of corruption, tribalism and rule of law we as South Sudanese are able by God’s help to face them and overcome them. It will not be as difficult as liberating our land from people of confused identity (I really love when see Sudanese change their dialect in order for Arabs to understand them & still call themselves Arabs) corr. 5 states not 4.

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  • 6 March 2012 08:44, by MILKYWAY

    why are we spending hours and hours of our time here gentle men?
    lets walk the walk not talk the talk...some of you are not contributing whatsoever
    did you tell your wife you love her before you came and spend hours arguing with mutual people here online?
    are you telling your kids bed time stories?

    GOVERNMENT IS INTERNAL THERETO ALL THEIR DECISIONS ARE MADE AND YOU ARE HERE CHEWING ON A BON

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