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South Sudan launches complaint at UNSC against SAF aerial bombardment

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July 21, 2012 (WAU) - South Sudan on Saturday launched a formal complaint at the United Nations Security Council after neighbouring Sudan dropped bombs on its territory near South Darfur, according to senior officials.

South Sudan’s Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin (AP)

The bombing, which Juba says occurred in its Northern Bahr El Ghazal State, led to South Sudan announcing that it was suspending negotiations currently taking place Ethiopia with Sudan over their disputed border and other issues.

Sudan’s military spokesperson has denied the attack. Al-Sawarmi Khaled said SAF did not carry any attack on the South Sudanese army despite the presence of SPLA troops in Tomsaha area in East Darfur state.

Barnaba Marial Benjamin, South Sudan’s Minister of Information stated to Sudan Tribune on Saturday that his government "strongly condemned this unwanted wanton attack on the innocent people by the Sudanese armed forces".

"We have brought this behaviour of the Sudanese government to the attention of the international community through mediating team. We have officially notified AU and Security Council of the United Nations of this act. A formal complaint has already been launched by our representative to the united nation”, he stated.

He said the attack "is not only a violation of the African Union Peace and Security Council Roadmap and the United Nations Security Council resolution number 2046 but a clear betrayal of commitment to resolving dispute by the President Salva Kiir Mayardit and President [Omer al-]Bashir."

After a border war in April over a disputed oil area of Heglig, the UNSC ordered the two sides to reach an agreement on key issues before August 2 or face sanctions. The UNSC has previously expressed concern over delays in the talks.

South Sudan says that over 80 bombs have been dropped on its territory since it seceded from Sudan a year ago during the repeated air attacks carried out by the Sudanese army. But Khartoum’s denials argue that they are acting within its territory despite some bombs landing well inside South Sudan, such as the bombing of Bentui in Unity State in April..

Omer Dahab, the spokesperson of Sudanese negotiating delegation said that the recent bombing occurred in South Darfur State and was directed at a convoy of Darfuri rebels the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) that Khartoum says it is based in South Sudan.

He further told Al-Jazeera TV on Saturday that the attack on the rebels who were heading to Darfur region from South Sudan proves that Juba continue to support the rebels, urging the international community to condemn "the continued violations of UN resolution and bilateral agreements".

From his side, Minister Benjamin described the attack as "scornful slap" in the face of the international community adding they have launched a formal complaint against what he considers as “provocative behaviour”.

"They have carried out attacks in three different places in Northern Bahr el Ghazal. These are areas which are inside territorial integrity of South Sudan. These attacks took place on 19 and 20", Benjamin explained.

SPLM CONDEMN ATTACK

Jackline Nyibol Benjamin Ajonga, a state minister of information in Northern Bahr el Ghazal on Saturday told Sudan Tribune that the Sudanese armed forces carried out attacks in the counties of Aweil East and Aweil North, killing at least one civilian and injuring nine others, causing panic among the local population.

“Eight bombs have been dropped, killing a man and injuring his wife in Kiir adem. The attack was carried while they were sleeping in their house. Seven other people are also wounded in another attack on Warlang and Warpac villages.

Speaking from Aweil town, the capital of Northern Bahr el Ghazal on Saturday, Ajonga told Sudan Tribune that a team been sent "to assess the damage and assure local population of the commitment of the government to provide protection.”

Bol Makueng, Secretary of information at the secretariat of the country’s governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement said in a release that “SPLM strongly condemns this barbaric act and asks the international community to bear witness to the aggression and to register this as a violation to the African Road Map and the United Nations Security Council resolution 2046”.

“The international community should hold the Sudan government for any escalation of war between the two countries if such repeated war provocation results in retaliation by the Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA) forces to protect the innocent South Sudan citizens. We cannot afford being attacked and expected to fold our arms”, Makueng said.

The official states that the SPLM also asks the Sudanese people to take note that their National Congress Party does not want peace between the two countries.

"The Sudanese delegation went to Ethiopia for a meeting with the South Sudanese delegation just to deceive the UN and the AU that they were for peace. President Omer Bashir went to Ethiopia to meet President Salva Kiir Mayardit so as to misinform and mislead the world", the statement reads in part.

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  • 22 July 2012 10:11, by Marolditapei

    Thank God for our new King or Dr.Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon. Corruption must be condemned publicly by all. Student Dinka Dominated SPLM/A is mourning because the list of corrupt leaders is full of his Awan Chan corrupt boys. But president Salva and Riek Machar are not corrupt like the rest. Dom wew, dom wew, dom wew, dom wew. All the members of dom wew society should be judged one by one.

    • 22 July 2012 10:35, by Dinka Dominated SPLA/M

      Your king is not called Riek machar Teny Dhurgon, He is called Riek Machar pout Nyuon [Teny Dhurgon was a name of his grandfather witch craft] otherwise you don’t know your king, this are the names we used to called him in united Kingdom UK
      And don’t Associated south Sudan loving president Kiir who is not nyagat with your bashir ass kisser called Nassir gang doom and wicked oafish leader Riek

    • 22 July 2012 10:45, by Dhong Bang

      Marol, what is this?

  • 22 July 2012 10:47, by Dhong Bang

    Bravo South Sudan. Teach them diplomacy

  • 22 July 2012 12:04, by justin deng

    Mr.Jallaby, you & your indicted SAF are at the last point of fate.Bark enough & loudly bcoz you will not bark again next yr.

    • 22 July 2012 12:25, by Northern Sudanese

      justin deng

      South Sudan will be dead next year XD

  • 22 July 2012 12:25, by Northern Sudanese

    Where is Tiger?

    Tiger why are your leaders crying at the UNSC ????

    • 22 July 2012 13:42, by South South

      Northern Sudanese,

      You and other fake black Arab called Jalaby need to be honest one day. S Sudan will teach you very dear lesson in the future. We are very dangerous if you compare us with Israel, Arab husband who occupying Arab land by force. I feel bad that there will be no peace between S Sudan and North and that fake black Arab girls will come soon to visit Juba every weekend. I miss them

      • 22 July 2012 14:56, by Northern Sudanese

        South South

        come on, our women are too good for insects. may you give us your women back, since 2010 they have left khartoum and we want them back to clean our shoes and houses. ethiopians can’t do the job on their own its too hard, thats why we need our slaves back!

        come on, you are too busy killing each other for cattle, you are to dumb to be an Israel thats why 80% of your people cant write

      • 22 July 2012 15:03, by Northern Sudanese

        South South

        sorry insect,but the days of your jewish masters are numbered. they won’t be any threat anymore in the near future. when they are finished,Uganda can’t save you.

        If not Israel, USA won’t give a damn about your starving nation. Americans are now finally waking up. May you start putting your cleaning tools ready, you got a hell of work to do in our homes XD you and your girls get ready

        • 22 July 2012 16:32, by South South

          Norhtern Sudanese,

          Shut up, Israel and USA are our friends. Isreal is a husband to all Arabs occupying thier land and coward Arab can do nothing. People who look like penguins with laundry in their heads can not and will not win any war in this world. We all know that how Israel kicked them out from thier land, we know that how Spain kicked them out in Spain and we know now how lost S. South.

          • 22 July 2012 16:37, by South South

            Northern Sudanese,
            people of South Sudan are really very proud today because they liberate themslves from penguins. Sweet, sweet, fake black Arabs are out from South Sudan. We are enjoying fake black Arabs who visit us in Juba every weekend. We are giving them what they can not find in North Sudan. Iam laughing a little bit. Enjoy your laundry in your head.

      • 22 July 2012 18:34, by Tiger

        South South!
        I truly agreed with your point brother,those fake black arabs are not looking for peace,how many time our president Salva tried everything and they’re repelling backward like magnestise,Salva tried in a different ways to help them with financial packages to revive their falling economic,but they’re keep bombing our civilians.

  • 22 July 2012 16:54, by South South

    Northern Sudanese,

    Please do not blame South Sudan for welcong fake black Arab girls every weekend. It is your system which forces them to come to us looking for something very sweet we have. Your culture and the way men look in North like penguins with laudry in thier head forces this girls to come us. sweet.

  • 22 July 2012 17:50, by monyjang42

    northern Jalaba you are just an idiot to me because you don;t know the sound of AK47 nor HMG, but this time we will teach you a lession that you will never forget in your life.

    fulish sellers of salt[male]. south sudan will be a great nation econimically and military. we are democarotic country not like criminal in khartoum who claim to be government but they are not.

  • 23 July 2012 01:50, by panom lualbil

    TO: UNSC

    So what can be done to those southerners bombed dead and injured by SAF’s AERIAL BOMBARDMENT althouhg they pursued rebels from fucking darfur through sudan’s border ?

  • 23 July 2012 05:43, by john k

    Nothing new, this transgress by Khartoum is common; we should have our radar and anti-aircraft missiles to defend our space and people living along the borders, if any north Sudan military air craft entered our airspace without knowledge of South Sudanese air controllers that will be considered as a declaration of war and be responds accordingly,



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