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S. Sudan condemns Raja attack, sends complaint to UNSC


January 3, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan has strongly condemned an attack which it says Sudan’s military carried out on its territory on Wednesday, calling for the immediate intervention of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

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South Sudanese Information Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin 2 April 2 2012 (Getty)

Addressing a news conference on Thursday, Barnaba Benjamin Marial, South Sudan’s information minister said the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) on Wednesday carried out aerial bombardments in Kitkit, located 119km north of Raja town in Western Bahr el Ghazal State.

Despite the attack, South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir will still attend a meeting with his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir in Addis Ababa on Friday, Marial said. Diplomats are pessimistic that the summit will be able to resolve the many issues causing tension between the two nations, including oil, border disputes, security, and citizenship.

The South Sudan army (SPLA) was able to repulse a ground attack launched by the Sudanese forces, the minster said, adding that it was the aerial bombardment which injured innocent civilians in the area.

"We are still waiting for the details on the casualties among the civilian population in the area. [But] on behalf of the Government of South Sudan, we strongly condemn this unprovoked and unwanted attack on the innocent civilians in that area,” Marial said at the press conference in Juba.

Although the SPLA has not given official figures, multiple military anonymous sources in the area told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday, that at least 32 civilians and soldiers died and many more sustained injuries.

The southern army were conducting a parade when SAF attacked their military base, the sources said.

Marial said South Sudan will petition the UNSC over Sudan’s “continuous” aerial bombardment of its territory, in defiance of international laws.

“We are also urging the United Nations that it is part of their responsibility according to the Chapter Seven agreement that they are here to protect the civilians,” he said.

The South Sudanese military said that Wednesday’s attack followed a clash with the Sudanese Armed Forces - aided by Sudanese paramilitary the Popular Defense Forces (PDF) and armed tribesmen on horseback - on Saturday 29 December in the Sirmalaka area of Western Bahr el Ghazal’s Raja County.

South Sudan has also claimed that at least five people were killed by SAF air and ground attacks on a contested border area between Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Sudan’s western Darfur region on 26 December.

The Sudanese army has denied attacking the Kiir Adem area of Mile 14, but admitted that clashes occurred between the SPLA and Al-Rizigat tribesmen in the disputed region.

Khartoum routinely denies bombing southern territory often blaming tribal clashes or saying that it only attacks rebels moving across the border into Sudan from South Sudan. Juba, also denies hosting or aiding Sudanese rebels and, conversely, accuses Sudan of supporting rebels in its territory.

Wednesday’s reported attacks came two days before a scheduled meeting between Sudanese President, Omer Hassan al-Bashir and his South Sudanese counterpart, Salva Kiir in Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

Marial, at the briefing, said the 4 January summit between the two presidents would still proceed as planned.

“The meeting of our President Salva Kiir Mayardit and President Omer al-Bashir will go ahead on the 4th of January 2013 and their main topics of discussion will be simply the implementation of the agreements that has been signed,” he stressed.

South Sudan, he added, has already dispatched its chief negotiator, Pagan Amum, to the Ethiopian capital, in order to prepare the ground for discussions on the implementation of the Cooperation Agreement, which was signed in September with mediation by the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP).

The deal, signed under the threat of sanctions from the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), did not, however, address the status of contested areas such as Abyei and Kafia Kingi.

In his New Year’s Eve message, President Kiir said he was ordering South Sudan’s army to pull back from the tense border as a sign of good will to implement the security elements of the deal reached in Addis Ababa on 27 September, which included the demilitarization of their common border.

Both countries, agreed to withdraw their troops 10 kilometers from either side of the border, and for the buffer zone to be monitored by the United Nations peacekeeping forces (UNISFA) working in Abyei and a joint force from the northern and southern armies.

However, the security arrangements of the deal have not yet been implemented, with Khartoum demanding that South Sudan disarms its former comrades who have been fighting the government in South Kordofan and Blue Nile since 2011, as a precondition for the full implementation of the other aspects of the deal.

Khartoum also demanded that the buffer zone be extended to include South Sudan’s border with the Sudanese states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan in order to prevent the SPLM-N rebels operating in the two states using South Sudan as a base.

President Kiir, has previously said Sudan’s demands "will not happen", describing them as practically “impossible".

"They want to take the contested areas so that [Bashir] talks with [a] position of strength when we meet. They will not manage. Their ground attacks have been repulsed. [The] SPLA is capable of defending this country”, Kiir told members of his government on Wednesday.


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  • 4 January 2013 05:57, by ANYANYA1

    Dear Southerners, Mr, President, Dr. Machar, James Hoth Mai and John Kong Nyuon, Need to step down if they are not capable to protect South Sudanese and SPLA forces they have to do something about Raja in Western WAU, I am former Red ARM

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    • 4 January 2013 06:27, by Sundayw

      This incident should put a pause on the withdrawal plans that Kiir announced. In fact, Kiir should scrap his meeting with Bashir until suitable security situation prevails in the border region. South Sudan has the capacity and means to make life difficult for the SAF. Our support for opposition forces is not even at 25% capacity. Just imagine doubling that number and SRF will have Kadugli.

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    • 4 January 2013 07:15, by Bolman

      they will not step down,because they protecting their money they don’t care about others or Land they divided the public funds into their pockets in south sudan there is no government Just see only the group of Gangers who like their belly fulfilling first instead of Country protection first

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    • 4 January 2013 07:35, by Kenyang

      I agree with first one (or two.) Let’s us not smear Salva Kiir failures on our other good leaders. Mai and Nyuon are just implementers. If a president, cabinet and failing SPLM order Helig to be cleared of SAF tomorrow, i’m sure Mai, a decorated liberator can do that once.

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      • 4 January 2013 16:03, by nuer food lovers

        yes bro kenyang,u re right ,let not be blind fool by tribal hatred to condemned other tribe boys stalk holders in s.sudan.the failure of s.sudan will accounted on Gen.salva kiir with is gangs from Abyei whom their father mislead them to that poor desert of northern sudan.eg luka Biong aka Rommel&Deng Aloor Aka Ali Deng. abyei boys became like stake born of fish in salva kiir throat.comming nuer ..

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        • 4 January 2013 16:12, by nuer food lovers

          coming to nuer boys,the only unpopolar person holding sensitive position is only Riek Machar&Taban Deng Gai not becoz he masscared Bor but he is simply to be convince by the opportunistic enemy.Abyei boys re saying they have participated in the liberation of s.sudan,if s.sudan can vote for thier referenda why not Abyei to joint a country under poor leadership of Kiir Kuethpiny mayardit,to be the

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          • 4 January 2013 16:26, by nuer food lovers

            ... same condition,that why they force salva kiir mayardit&incompetent Nhail Deng to approve the permenant rep.to UN&Au&Russaia a Abyei boys to rep. That they will explain more about the issue of Abyei to that sensitive world instituation,but now where re they at the ground?Mading,Arop Deng&chol Deng Alak re busy some where doing investment rather than thier mission.

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            • 4 January 2013 16:36, by nuer food lovers

              ....i know those dogs Dinka dominated SPLm/A,george Bol&anti-triaters will condemne me as they re valet to Abyei boys in valinia salva kiir Adm.but am a so much concern s.sudanese interllectual about security,developas well as soverinity protection which i hard did for than more than 2 decad of sudan second civil war.kiir will destroy our country through Abyei Boys but time will come when a capabl

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              • 4 January 2013 16:45, by nuer food lovers

                ...e s.sudanese will take over and Abyei boys will be show how to seek their right in that fail state of northern sudan like Nuba&Blue Nile&Darfur.mr zionist was asking me where is the vision of New sudan?.it is now 18 month of indepedene&it is now 2 yrs of vote for seperation.sorry boys we may reunite our country.just give us a break.to look in to our affairs.we have done more than enough to help

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    • 4 January 2013 07:58, by Jeti

      And it’s Information minister again condemning the barbaric killing in Raja by the foreign invaders---what a shame!!! This shows that South Sudanese government is incapable of protecting its citizens from foreign invaders. Arabs believe in tit-for-tat. If they attack you, attack them and leave them with many casualties. This is how Israel has been existing in the middle east.

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    • 4 January 2013 08:03, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      It is a lesson for us since we are not have even a single air craft for defending our air space,although our soldiers are very good in infantry,the money for air craft are been eaten by the 75 govts officials.
      Khartoum will have summit today with the south tomorrow is a different thing all together,let us sit and think

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    • 4 January 2013 08:16, by Tutbol

      Get this one very clearly people, the UNSC is a cabal-run organisation. The West don’t give a damn about S Sudanese, what the West care about are riches our people are sitting on. Our people should put in mind that the West including our cunny ally the US ol A, so-called democracies are increasingly becoming: the govt of corporations, by the corporations & for the corporations...

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      • 4 January 2013 08:30, by Tutbol

        The only honest Europeans are the Scandinavians Europeans, the rest are just bunch vultures headed by the UK & our cunny USA. The vultures with their gulf states cabals friends want another new Dubai in the N Sudan & states like Chad, ethiopia, S Sudan & the recently C.A.R would be new Dubai’s resources suppliers, but first the C.A.R & S Sudan unco-operative govt must be brought in by force!

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        • 4 January 2013 08:44, by Tutbol

          This doesn’t mean we should stop working with these vultures, but we must be vigilant at all times to know where they are coming from. Even our continent, we only have our east African brothers, Zimbabwe, black S African & Ghanians in the West Africa are our true brothers & the rest are just pools of the manipulatives Europeans. But these cabals agenda will not go any where as we know.

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          • 4 January 2013 09:00, by Tutbol

            Our people often scream obscenities against Chinese & Russians, but we need them diplomatically & in trades. I for one, would rather rent my piece of land in my state of Jonglei to A Chinese than to a Brit or arab. We all know each other who does what to who on our planet earth. Our European friends & their head boy, the US still think africa is just still their backyard. BIG NO i guess!

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            • 4 January 2013 09:20, by Mi diit

              Our leaders are reaping what they sow. They concentrated on stealing the public money since 2005 and could not buy defense weapons and planes to protect our people and the territory. Now we look very weak in the face of the enemy. We don’t have a single jet nor a modern weapon to destroy theirs.

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              • 4 January 2013 21:30, by panom lualbil

                SPLA of 2day is WEAKER becos of involved coward militia than the ordinary spla who fucked up ARABS and ANYAGATE during c-war. Becos now it seems like spla is confused with stooge leaders as its top leaders. Therefore, it’s better we castrated those of DR RIAK or likes 4 next generations 2 come clean of hatred etc against spla, it’s their DNA folks.

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      • 4 January 2013 08:53, by Deng II

        Well observe, I agreed 100%. You called USA the really name "cunny ally". Second to that,I will never trust UK untill my last breath on this earth.They know very well Arab people are ocuppy our lands but they keep quiet, some time they pressurized USA to pressured South Sudan to givein. Fuck Them.

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    • 4 January 2013 20:47, by Peacocktail

      Dr. Marail should stop talking, We are tired of LETTERS to Useless branch call UNSC lead by Money Lover Ki Moni. many letters should South Sudan have on UNSC Tables on agression by Khartuom-NCP? How Long shall people by dying and massacre by NCP in our own territory leave those murdered in Upper Nile and Khartuom by NCP recently? URGE UNSC for Chapter 7, what is implication of it,UNMISS is trade n

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  • 4 January 2013 05:58, by George Bol

    Sudan has declared war on S.Sudan. We are waiting to catch wind. SPLA is so powerful if order to attack you can see Khartoum crying and running really crazy to sign the accords.
    Sudan can never listen when you show your teeth always but when you open your red eyes and say enough is enough. We don’t know the math but if we know the math,then we should know that Jallab is already dead in all fronts

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    • 4 January 2013 20:51, by Peacocktail

      Our Leaders are cofortably seating Luxury cars-Hummers in Juba and Banking our money abroad while ignoring the real hardship our people with daily killing by Khartuom regime..... what a big shape is that, These monwy shall get rotten in banks as our innoncent civilian get rotten in bushes due to ignorance and lack of vision. Khartuom shall make SOuth Sudan like DARFUR if we are not very careful n

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  • 4 January 2013 06:05, by Emporio

    to Barnaba Benjamin that what people of south sudan been hearing sense the independent we capable of defending our territory , crying to (UNSC) will not help ur useless government, and you can even protect your boarder

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  • 4 January 2013 06:09, by ANYANYA1

    I am agree with you Bol, SPLA need to take action this i what Arab need to see not talking.

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  • 4 January 2013 06:23, by Peter Nhiany

    Khartoum ruthless provocative atacks are not worth talking. They need the same in return for what they are doing to our people. What are those talks taking place in Addis good for if Khartoum can not ceas it’s attack on our borders and against our civil population? This is a pure violation of our territorial integrity and we must retaliate in revenge.

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  • 4 January 2013 06:51, by 4Justice

    Deafening silence, neither Obama, Banki-moon or the so called international community is making any condemnation. I have been scouring the internet since yesterday for news about the unprovoked attack, I only found one report by Reuters http://uk.news.yahoo.com/south-sudan-accuses-sudan-bombing-leaders-summit-171102501.html Folks, it very obvious, the Satanists are not on our side. If South Sudan were to retaliate today, the sky would fall! CNN, BBC, TV5, France 24, Al Jazeera and the entire Arab World media establishment even the dead would scream.

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    • 4 January 2013 08:04, by Deng II

      Majority of the world don’t listening to the craps coming out from Obama or Ki Moon if they are not right. You don’t need to givein your right b/c other people condemned you. This is why I called Kiir lazy and Dumn person on the World. Condemnation cannot give you back your properties or life you lost.

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  • 4 January 2013 06:53, by dinkdong

    Stop running to UNSC you pussies. What are they going to do, bring the lives of the dead soldiers back? What about the time you initiated the invasion of Heglig, did they call for the intervention of the UNSC and sit there and wait?

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  • 4 January 2013 07:02, by George Bol

    We should know that Algezira is from Qatar, Sudan tribune from France, Sudan net from Sudan, and many others foreign especially Arab nations. Your data are always access and you can check it from South Sudan tub- if for S. Sudan the download is hard but others are easily download. Caution for those who do not know these things!

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  • 4 January 2013 07:17, by hellonearth

    Breaking News

    SPLA has changed the current chief of general staff. a new one has been appointed by the names of Mapour... stay tuned for more details

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    • 4 January 2013 07:55, by zulu

      Mr. I dont believe in that. Salva is weak and undecided. He announced several changes like that before, including taking out Magaya, but has not happened. Chuong was very good. If not Mr. Salva Mathok, a lunatic like Beshir would be a suitable candidate to deal with this manace to the civilized society.

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    • 4 January 2013 08:43, by dinkdong

      Stop writing nonsenses.

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  • 4 January 2013 07:32, by E. Defense Forces
  • 4 January 2013 10:27, by wang

    We don’t have any active leader in South at a moment. All our leaders have failed the South and we all will be missing Dr. John Garang a lot when it comes about how to deal with those terrorists in the North.

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    • 4 January 2013 12:16, by jwok

      We’re condemning and Sudan is bombarding , I think we can do something better than condemns
      Mr. President please let our army (SPLA) do what they know, they don’t know those condemns words

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  • 4 January 2013 11:10, by solider

    Khartoum demanded that the buffer zone be extended to include South Sudan’s border with the Sudanese states of Blue Nile and South Kordofan in order to prevent the SPLM-N rebels operating in the two states using South Sudan as a base.BUT MR KIIR refused .that mean u r not willing to be peaceful with us.YOU DESERVE TO BE MASSACARED. WHO DO U THINK U R FOOLING?

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  • 4 January 2013 11:27, by solider


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  • 4 January 2013 11:38, by solider

    sudan is producing 140000 b/d. we built AL ROSERIS DAME. that mean we don’t need your oil any more.good luck with that lamu shit .we r ready to fight u with the latest types of guns and we will buy it cheap bcoz we have a seaport,we don’t need to pay any custom fees to any country(not like u locked land)

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    • 4 January 2013 11:56, by Rezingving monynok

      heey soldier SODOMITE
      you are only fool who does n`t sense things
      liar, no more or less than that

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      • 4 January 2013 22:36, by Northern Sudanese

        Rezingving shit
        Liar??? hmmmmm you sure dude? what lies?

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  • 4 January 2013 12:02, by jaderik

    we are sick of you mr president you alway cry without action when are you going to wake up.

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  • 4 January 2013 12:27, by master

    hey insects
    don’t cry
    very good whip from braves Rezigat tribe
    please SPLA don’t try again

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    • 4 January 2013 12:47, by Lok T Simon

      Dear Southerner,
      If Aerial bombment and ground attack still eminenly, then how possible the withdrawal of SPLA force predident Kiir anounced
      effective while leaving behind people dying?

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  • 4 January 2013 16:02, by Kim Deng

    Blaming, crying, confusing the public with non-sense/endless complains, and above all withdrawal of Mighty South Sudan troops from contested border are the only way they are good at. Shame on them all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 4 January 2013 18:20, by Kalo

      Please South Sudanese people get ready to Fight Jalaba because no Nuba there to Fight again hence they are carrying their own cross.

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    • 5 January 2013 06:19, by Whortti Bor Manza

      Kim Deng, you are a fool. The SPLA is never mighty. This is a conglomeration of tribal armed groups dominated by Dinkas and wearing modern military camouflage uniform.

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  • 4 January 2013 19:30, by never

    dr. mariel need to stop talking nonesense. you and kiir need stop steal money. buy guns with that money. so the spla can be able to fight sudan army.

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  • 4 January 2013 21:19, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Southern Sudan does not understand their national integrity. Marial is alway crying like a woman calling UNSC. UNSC is not responsible for Arab settlers to invade Africa Land. It is up to African to drive them out or let their land be invaded. Present leaders are so weak with their belly full of steal public profit. Marial you sound like a woman! Shut up! Let SPLA drive them out there!

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  • 5 January 2013 04:06, by NgorKur Mayol Chier

    In the first place,I thought Kiir was the right man to lead his people, but now the man seem too scared with president Bashir, AU,UN,and the Western imperialism who are also have scared with Khartoum to death.So for how long will the leaders in South Sudan should know as their country’s like any other country in the world? Why kiir always never say no to Basir? And Bashir never yes to Kiir?

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  • 5 January 2013 06:12, by Whortti Bor Manza

    The really combat forces in the SPLA are, Nuers, Equatorians and other none Dinkas from WBGS. These forces refused to fight in Raja because it were the Dinkas who started the looting. Why should other tribes fight to assert the Dinkas in power? Soon the SPLA will be in dissarray and they will be overun. Arresting civilians in Wau is not the solution. Wake up Mr.president and stop complaining.

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