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Juba accuses Khartoum of seeking to ruin bilateral ties


December 20, 2014 (JUBA) – The speaker of South Sudan’s parliament claims Sudan’s latest accusations against his country were intended to disrupt bilateral relations between the two nations.

South Sudan assembly speaker Magok Rundial (The Niles/Daniel Deng)

“There are certain elements within the leadership of the National Congress Party who benefit from creating confusion and misgivings. This has been their way of living. We know them,” said Magok Rundial.

He claimed Sudan wanted to create a scenarios similar to the Berlin Wall in Germany as a mechanism to divide the population. The Berlin Wall was a barrier that divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989, constructed by the German Democratic Republic starting on 13 August 1961, that completely cut off (by land) West Berlin from surrounding East Germany and from East Berlin until it was opened in November 1989.

Demolition of the Berlin Wall officially began on 13 June 1990 and was completed in 1992.

“Our people are mutually bound together and we must work for ways to maintain these growing relations because it is for the benefits of our people in both countries,” said the speaker.

According to the speaker, North and South Sudan share one of the longest borders, are inseparable by history and thus armed confrontation should not disrupt their relations.

“When politicians start to use excessive vocabularies, issuing unorganised statements anyhow, it creates tension and then hostilities resume and people begin to fight. And when fighting take places, it blocks movement of innocent people and goods from crossing to other side. It becomes source of division. It becomes like an encounter, like what happened with the Berlin wall, the people, you know, when it was broken they clasped each other because they did not see each other for a very long time,” Rundial said.

“They were all divided by the regime. This is what some elements in the national congress party want to do because this has been their way of living but I don’t think it is for the interest of the two countries,” he added.

Rundial said parliament, through its foreign affairs committee was working to strengthen efforts of its international cooperation ministry.

“We would like the two ministers, our minister of foreign affairs and the minister of foreign affairs in the government of Sudan to meet on regular basis. These meetings should also take place between the two ministers of defenses and senior security officials so that they are able to discuss issues of concerns to both sides and see how they can be addressed, within the framework of the cooperation agreement,” he told Sudan Tribune.

Relations between the two Sudans have been shaky since the latter seceded from its northern neighbour on July 2011. Khartoum and Juba continue to trade accusations of support to rebel groups from both sides since South Sudan attained independence.


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  • 21 December 2014 09:22, by Mohamed

    Magok Rundial speaks on behalf of many of us in North Sudan and many in South Sudan.
    We hope that soon most of us will speak as he speaks.
    Peaceful co-existence will allow our countries to prosper and eventually re-unify (even if in principal).

    • 22 December 2014 00:22, by Force 1

      Reunification of Sudan is your own daydream that you’ll never share with anyone.

      • 22 December 2014 13:57, by Whortti Bor Manza

        Ya Force1, I presume your are a Dinka who will never admit facts as long as they come from a non Dinka. See Khartoum is full of Dinkas from Aweil and Warrap. These predatory beasts like free things and violence. These IDPs Dinkas will be the very people to re unite South Sudan and Sudan not Rundial. Maggok is telling the truth.

  • 21 December 2014 11:05, by sudani ana

    I can relate to what he said, but for fuck’s sake stop supportng SPLA -N and JEM. When you give them money and weapons and training are we supposed to just shut up an take it. Don’t be naive Mr Speaker

    • 22 December 2014 00:21, by Force 1

      Sudan ana
      Stop complaining like women! Why don’t you pick up your guns and fight your own rebels. If your own rebels are kicking your butts then that has nothing to do with South Sudan. Crying and excuses will take nowhere.

  • 21 December 2014 11:21, by Kenyang

    War btwn two would immediately affect both countries; will be unnecessary war. In the long run, NiF will pay dearly both in the field, economic or politics at home. They will be greatly surprised what difference three years can make.

    • 21 December 2014 13:03, by Thokidine

      Kenyan, why is it S. Sudan who bark when Sudan expressed her concern about SS supporting its rebel while Sudan kept quit when SS claimed that Sudan is supporting its rebel?

      Why is alway us who start bad thing toward others and again start crying when the other side want to reveng? We should be ashamed of blaming other when we harboured Sudan’s rebel on our soil for long. Let learn to admitt...

      • 21 December 2014 13:21, by Thokidine

        ...mistakes than complaining when one raised it’s grievance. There is no one possible way of expressing concern, Sudan has right to express it thru media coz SS has not been faithful to all the bilateral talks they been holding including the expulsion of Sudan Rebel in SS land..

        As bible said it concisely, let’s clean & clear the mess we have started by repulsing Sudanese rebels then blame Sudan

      • 21 December 2014 13:53, by Kenyang

        South Sudanese are responding, l repeat responding to other side. I know it is your duty to speak on behave of a master, but wait at last for your turn, heartless traitors time.

        • 22 December 2014 14:16, by Whortti Bor Manza

          The presence of Darfuri rebels are visibly clear every where in South Sudan: Bandalla training camps in WES, Khor Shamam, Khor Jamus, Raga, Wau in WBGS, Bentiu in UNITY State, Bor in Jongolei. JEM is a really fighting force in SPLA. See how the JEM went on rampage in Wau claiming their arrears from Kiir. They wanted even to loot Ivory Bank in Wau. These are facts you should know. Do not cry foul.

  • 21 December 2014 11:47, by sudani ana

    I can relate to what he said, but for fuck’s sake stop supportng SPLA -N and JEM. When you give them money and weapons and training are we supposed to just shut up an take it. Don’t be naive Mr Speaker

    • 21 December 2014 13:18, by Kenyang

      You warmongers never take anything. In fact, NiF is always busy training and arming South. Sudanese armed groups: Peter Gadget, late Author Deng, Yau Yau or now all over with same Riek Machar. Good news we are almost in year 2015, not 1991. NiF can arm South Sudanese rebels and SPLA will do same with Sudanese armed groups.

      • 21 December 2014 16:23, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        This man statements always carry weigh, he is a real leader to look up to.

        • 21 December 2014 20:41, by Redeemer

          The Speaker is a man of all seasons. He knows how to pass an information convincingly.

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