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Rebels accuse Egypt of supplying arms to S. Sudan government


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

April 11, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – The SPLM/A in Opposition rebel group led by former vice-president Riek Machar has accused the Egyptian government of providing military support to the South Sudanese government.

The Ugandan military has been providing support to the South Sudanese army (SPLA) since conflict erupted in the country in mid-December (AP)

In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, the rebel group said the intervention of foreign forces, and particularly the involvement of Egypt in the South Sudan crisis, would regionalise the conflict and turn the young nation into a leading war zone.

Rebel officials said that in addition to Ugandan military support, Sudanese rebel groups JEM and SPLM-N were in direct combat against its forces alongside the South Sudanese army (SPLA).

The SPLM splinter group says the intervention of foreign forces not only contravenes the country’s territorial integrity, but is also in violation of international laws, calling on external forces to immediately withdraw from the country.


The group further accused president Salva Kiir of secretly planning to reinvigorate the Jonglei canal project, a source of conflict dating back to 1983.

Under the proposal water would be diverted through the vast Sudd wetlands of, delivering more greater flows downstream to Egypt.

Rebels claim the move would displace the majority of the population of the upper Nile region and deny them their traditional livelihood, while allowing some two-and-a-half million Egyptian farmers (known as fellahin) to resettle along the canal.

Sudan Tribune was unable to independently verify the claims.

However, SPLM in Opposition youth wing president Puot Kang Chol said if the canal goes ahead it would turn the Greater Upper Nile turn into the war zone.

Rebels have called for an end to any external military support to the Kiir government and for regional nations to take a neutral position if the crisis in South Sudan is to be resolved sooner.

“We urge them (the Egyptians) to undertake a neutral and impartial position in this crisis as they did during our 50 years of struggle,” said Chol.


Rebels are also demanding that the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the East African regional bloc mediating South Sudan’s warring parties, lay the foundations for the formation of an interim government and Kiir’s unconditional resignation.

It is also calling on the African body to refrain from deploying a so-called stabilisation force inside South Sudan.

A new round of talks between the two warring factions is due to resume on 22 April without the seven former political detainees, who have now been excluded from taking part.

The seven senior officials from the ruling SPLM, who had been detained in connection to an alleged plot to overthrow the government, had been taking part in the IGAD-led peace process following their release.

Their exclusion comes after the South Sudanese government threatened to boycott talks unless negotiations were restricted to the parties directly involved, saying the seven detainees could take part in reconciliation efforts once a formal agreement had been reached.


Some observers noted that the participation of the SPLM-7 was holding back the peace process.

However, Yohanis Musa, the spokesperson for the rebel negotiating team, told Sudan Tribune that his team still believes the SPLM-7 can play a positive role, even though they will not be signatories to any final peace accord.

Sudan Tribune has learnt that the seven SPLM former detainees left for Nairobi on Thursday following IGAD’s decision to exclude them from taking any further part in peace talks in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

Meanwhile, rebels have renewed their demands for the immediate and unconditional release of the remaining four SPLM leaders who are currently on trial for treason.

A tenuous ceasefire deal signed between the warring parties in January has failed to halt the violence on the ground, with both sides accusing the other of violating the terms of the agreement.

More than one million have been displaced since the conflict erupted in mid-December last year.


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  • 12 April 2014 10:31, by william

    The governmrnt of the Republic of South Sudan Is fighting two rebels groups Sudantribune in website and nuer rebels in the field! This website become bais to the extend the are resorted to report nonsense, the reality of who Is doing what to the Citizen Will speaks its self. upper Nile communities were already displaced While Jongle canal Is at sleeping mood.

    • 12 April 2014 11:47, by Bentiu son

      My compatriots- South Sudanese,how many countries around the globe which had been poorly invited by our desperated President Salva Kiir to bring their troops in the country as to protect oilfields against Rebels instead of protecting lives of million South Sudanese who are dying daily across the country.I know so far incompetent Salva Kiir had approached 12 :Uganda,Sudan n their rebels,Ethiopia,

      • 12 April 2014 11:59, by Bentiu son

        Kenya,Rwanda,Burundi,Zimbabwe,Somalia,Djibouti, Egypt and China.One can wonder do Salva Kiir and his Dinkas elders know the terms Sovereignty,National integrity and territorial boundaries protect against any foreign aggression,provocation or invasion.I really doubt indeed, those gossipers such as Tillar Ring needs to explain those terms to Salva Kiir in Dinka Language for further understanding.

  • 12 April 2014 10:41, by Rommel

    The rebels have yet to provide evidence of any kind implicating JEM and SPLA-N’s involvement in this conflict. These eccentric, wholly self-serving claims have been sent into emission without a shred of evidence. With all that being said, the ’government’ really shouldn’t at all involve the Egyptians in this.

    • 12 April 2014 10:51, by Rommel

      The Ethiopians are going to perceive and regard military pacts between Juba and Cairo as an existential threat — which will definitely regionalise this civil war. Those incredibly short-sighted, unprincipled, absent minded miscreants in Juba are making things worse.

      • 12 April 2014 10:58, by Rommel

        The rebels should really stop pretending that they’ve got concrete evidence that the ’government’ really has signed a deal with Egypt to resume the canal project. The rebels should present this accusation as a possibility — a supposition. It is not yet an established fact. Until evidence is provided, this claim should be regarded and placed in the amniote of propaganda.

        • 12 April 2014 11:26, by Rommel

          I really do think that Salva Kiir should step down, but Riek should also be excluded from any prospective interim government. Riek is responsible for the deaths of close to 30, 000 civilians. He is tainted. His ’leadership’ or participation in an interim government would necessarily mean that the lives of the tens of thousands of people that he has murdered are without value.

          • 12 April 2014 11:45, by omoni jr.

            You mr. Kiir supporter.
            Why dont provide us the evidence of "cooked up coup" first before you asked rebels to provide you the evidence of JEM,AND SPLA-N ,despite the huge presented by UNMISS too.

            • 12 April 2014 12:21, by Rommel

              omoni jr.:
              I think I’ve made it abundantly clear that I don’t support Salva Kiir. LOL! That rhymed. I want a Constitutional Republic with term limits and checks and balances. I want Salva Kiir to resign so that an interim government [excluding Riek] can be formed.

              • 12 April 2014 12:23, by Rommel

                I have condemned Kiir more times than I care to count. I have condemned him for violating a ’constitution’ that already ascribes to him inordinate Executive powers; I have condemned him for the rampant corruption, the nepotism, the insecurity and for intimidating, detaining, torturing and murdering journalists. Isaiah Ding Abraham Chan Awuol was married to my auntie.

    • 12 April 2014 11:05, by Bentiu son

      Double dealer Dinka Bor orphan aka Rommel or Romandan! What kind of evidence do you and Salva Kiir want beside that Evidence that in Malakal second battle,about 400 JEM fighters whom feared drown in White Nile were captured by our freedom fighters in Malakal while others JEM,SPLA-N are fighting our gallantry forces around Unity State right NOW.Waw! What a denial and contradiction? Yes,I know

      • 12 April 2014 11:17, by Bentiu son

        nowadays Dinka became lies manufacturers from their President Salva Kiir to layman/woman/boys/girls.You can see Dinkas when they cook lies,fabrications reports,unfounded allegations,hearsay,rumors and propaganda against Nuer society and UNMISS personals in their own Dinka SSTV which becomes monotonous and embarrassment to watch unless u are foolish like them. Arabs say truth is bitter and lengthen

        • 12 April 2014 11:25, by Bentiu son

          in nature while lie is sweet like honey but shorter in nature.Yes,just continue lying till truth will reveals itself.We non Dinka fed up with your lies,baseless allegations and concocted Failed Coup Attempt instead of your Failed Assassination Attempt against our hero Dr Machar and his colleagues from SPLM.Rommel I say you are double dealer because u are like bat or chameleon which go where wind b

          • 12 April 2014 11:33, by Bentiu son

            low,you are prostituting between two leaders Mayardit and Dr Machar,sometimes you do criticize Dr Machar and sometimes incompetent President Salva Kiir.I know last you are Dinka Ngok of Abyei and diehard supporters of those who called themselves 7 former detainees whom claim to be neutral while blood is bleeding in the country.What Kind of neutrality do you want ya cowards? We won’t let you gossip

            • 12 April 2014 16:14, by Deng II

              Bentiu son
              My brother from Unity State I have to tell you, don’t believe on " Sudan tribute news" base on what they reports, as perfectly said by Rommel. Its seem that you so happy and beating drum in side your colon, when Sudan tributes report lied against the Government. But what do you have to say when Sudan Tributes report that Dr.Craps Machar been killed?

          • 12 April 2014 11:37, by Rommel

            Bentiu son:
            You have not presented any evidence for your claims. If -as you say- that you captured 400 JEM fighters that strangely enough also ’drowned’ [LOL] ... why haven’t you provided evidence for this? Where are their bodies? Darfurians look markedly different to us, and so this shouldn’t be too difficult.

            • 12 April 2014 11:41, by Rommel

              If you have no evidence of your own to relate, maybe you should just admit that you don’t know what you’re talking about, and be done with it. It’s clear that this is actually the best you can do, so there’s really no point criticising the lack of an intelligible discourse, which you so clearly are simply not capable of.

              • 12 April 2014 11:45, by Rommel

                The mentally strong are capable of addressing issues, directly, specifically, concisely and clearly. The mentally weak engage in pointless meandering discourse, designed to deflect attention from and compensate for, their intellectual shortcomings.

                • 12 April 2014 11:52, by Rommel

                  Are you on drugs!? I have never supported Riek! And I don’t support Salva. I oppose Salva Kiir every time he contravenes the ’constitution’, and when he issues his self-serving, dictatorial Executive Orders. To your mentally challenged mind, these displays of dissent and criticism sound like support for Riek.

                  • 12 April 2014 11:54, by Rommel

                    To you it all sounds the same, doesn’t it? Prove to us that you are not as clueless as you appear to be, explain the difference between the two. Now a small child can understand the above. So either you are pretending to lack the intellectual capacity of even a small child... Or you are trolling by making obtuse arguments you don’t actually believe in. Which is it?

                    • 12 April 2014 11:55, by Rommel

                      Given Riek’s extensive history of allying himself with Khartoum, don’t you *think* it’s a bit gauche for you to attack others by accusing them of "prostitution"? You’re obviously completely demoralised in that you would resort to such self degrading semantics; your unintelligible response typifies the last resort banalities of those looking for a way out of lost arguments.

                      • 12 April 2014 11:59, by Rommel

                        Riek is like a *prostitute* that gets a little too attached to her client (s); she becomes smitten, builds a doom destined ’relationship’ and is swayed by unrealistic promises by her wily client; he promises to break up with his wife to build on their pseudo relationship.

                        • 12 April 2014 12:00, by Rommel

                          Does this at all sound familiar? It should. Riek was promised control of the oilfields; Riek was promised a referendum; Riek was promised respect as an equal... but needless to say, Riek didn’t get any of these, did he now? Select your words very carefully... they might just come back to bite you.

                          • 12 April 2014 12:08, by Rommel

                            It’s funny that you [a pathological liar] would have the chutzpah to brand me a liar, when you’re the same idiot that has for months on end periodically announces under the title of ’Breaking news’: ’Bentiu and Pariang have been recaptured by the rebels’. LOL! You prematurely announced these phantasmic victories because you’re so easily swayed by *rumuors* and *hearsay*.

                            • 12 April 2014 12:15, by Rommel

                              Do you know what you’re doing? You’re projecting. In psychological terms, projectionism is when someone projects their own noxious qualities onto someone else, and then censures the recipient for now apparently possessing those noxious qualities.

                      • 12 April 2014 12:16, by Bentiu son

                        Ramonda,plz I hereby advise you brother Not to use academic jargon words you do copied from thesaurus dictionaries.It is really dishonesty and shame for you to do often in website.Try to write simply for readers with low stands in English Language otherwise it will be hard for them to grab what you really mean.Come to your point,you said you are neutral and odd against Dr Machar or Salva Kiir righ

                        • 12 April 2014 12:26, by Bentiu son

                          What a joke? You look like a bat which claims to be animal and bird when things fall apart.Well,you denied too that no JEM soldiers were captured in Malakal battle,I can only say you are behind the news.It was published in sudantribune website unless you don’t believe your own eyes son of bustard brought up with our oil money from ’GUNR’ greater Upper Nile Region by thievery uncle Salva Kiir.

                          • 12 April 2014 12:47, by Rommel

                            When are you going to finally understand that I’ve lived in the ’West’ since I was a child, and that English -for all intents and purposes- functions as my first language? Unlike you, I don’t have to be intellectually challenged with an incoherence bordering on the illiterate. I don’t have to stoop to your level.

                            • 12 April 2014 12:56, by Rommel

                              Now, look carefully and pretend for a moment that you are not terribly intellectually challenged, but that you are actually capable of processing information like a normal human being, because I’m going to *try* to educate you. All Sudan Tribune ever does is uncritically present propaganda; they have a penchant for fumbling things, incompetence and misquoting people.

                              • 12 April 2014 12:59, by Rommel

                                You have not provided tangible evidence. To humour you, you were challenged to provide evidence and of course ignored the request, which is a useful method of demonstrating that a person knows what they are talking about. At that point your argument was dead. All you’ve done since is death-twitch like a chicken with its head cut off, spewing sour grapes from your decapitated gullet.

                                • 12 April 2014 13:20, by Majongdit

                                  I would like to say that I do love your command of English language. Not only that, you are also quite articulate and well gifted in the Sudans history. I differ with you on the need for Cde Kiir to resign. I feel there is no reason at all for Kiir to step down. If Kiir is bad then he must be removed thru democratic elections. Otherwise, you have become the ST teacher for those of Mi Diit

                                  • 12 April 2014 13:54, by Rommel

                                    Brother, I scarcely know what to say in response to such incredibly kind words. Thank you. It’s nice to finally talk to someone that differs with me on this matter without the discussion being negative or unpleasant.

                                  • 12 April 2014 14:40, by hellonearth


                                    If Salva Kiir is such a leader as you say, has he visited the battlefield? at least M7 went to see his boys in action and he is a dictator. this fool Kiir needs to go. South Sudan is better off with out him. believe me.

                                  • 12 April 2014 16:30, by Deng II

                                    I don’t have to tell you that do not support Kiir. According to human being principles, some people support others base on their relate or interests.I got to tell you bro,Kiir is waste than plague diseases because corruption and dictatorship manufactures disease and rampage killing like what we all witness in SS now.I can not talks about Rick because it is unfortunates for him to exists.

                                    • 12 April 2014 16:45, by Deng II

                                      On Kiir and Rick watch, South Sudan will be like Somalia for 20 years to come.Kiir is so dumbs to be a leader,but hang in there because he love being a leader only. Kiir believe that it is his privileges for Dinka in general to support him, regardless of unpaid SPLA army which is full with Dinka men now for several months, while paying Uganda army.The Guy is desperate with leadership.

                                      • 12 April 2014 17:04, by Deng II

                                        Kiir though that Dinka bahr-el gazal is majority enough that he can do whatever he want by allow a plague of corruptions and secret killing in South Sudan. Now he care so much on his own leadership, that let him desperately ask for help from any Country on world to help him. What a useless fool. He so blind fold by being a boss that let him not care about diseases being importing by foreigners.

  • 12 April 2014 15:16, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    the rebel is lying.

  • 12 April 2014 17:35, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Guys, please don’t waste your time reading this article. It looks to me an editor is working against Kiir’s government and favor Machar more. I surmise this fact from what i having been reading since the war started. This is nothing than fabrication and lies. Mixing up many topics into two pages without evidences. First, South Sudan is a government and they can buy weapons anywhere around the worl

  • 12 April 2014 17:51, by Dinka-Defender-General

    I believe Machar and the rebel are getting weaker. Their main support has been destroyed when weapons were captured. They don’t have ammunition and weapons. Qus: Where is Machar? Asn: Under tree. Qus: How long he’s going to be there? Ans: He will be there for another 22 years. Qus: What he is fighting for? Ans: position and money. Qus: Who supports him? Ans: he tribe. Qus: Is this isthe first tim

  • 12 April 2014 19:03, by Fact Nonsense

    The Nuer war lovers so-called SPLM-Zero are just horrible lairs. So simple minded fools who don’t admit their mistakes but always on a hurry to accused other governments. Lies won’t solved your problem brothers, but endangering your situation. If any nuer think they will cause 3rd world war, then you’ll not. I’m waiting for SPLM-Zero and their supporters to accuse God for being belief by Dinka.

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