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Sudan may close border if Juba does not expel rebels

Monday, 19th September 2016

September 2016 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese government Sunday it would close\r\n border with the South Sudan if the government of President Salva Kiir \r\ndoes not implement its pledge to expel Sudanese armed groups waging war \r\nin the two Areas and Darfur.

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Last August Khartoum and Juba said that First Vice President Taban \r\nDeng Gai discussed during his meetings with the Sudanese officials the \r\npresence of rebel group in South Sudan and pledged to take tangible \r\nmeasures within three weeks.

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Last week, South Sudanese Army Spokesperson, Lul Ruai Koang, told \r\nSudan Tribune that they will expels rebels fighting its northern \r\nneighbour once it receives directives from the high command.

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State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kamal Ismail said South Sudan¡¯s \r\nFirst Vice President Taban Deng Gai pledged during his recent visit to \r\nKhartoum to expel rebel movements from its territory within 21 days.

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"Juba¡¯s failure to commit itself to this agreement entails stopping \r\nthe transit of humanitarian aid through Sudanese territory to the South \r\nSudan," he said in statements to the semi-official Sudanese Media Centre\r\n (SMC).

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The minister further stressed that they are closely monitoring and watching Juba¡¯s decision on this respect.

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"South Sudanese political authorities have to take a clear decision \r\nproviding to expel (rebel) movements" and "there is no excuse for those \r\nwho have been warned." he stressed.

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Khartoum and Juba trade accusations of support to rebel groups since the secession of South Sudan in July 2011.

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The peace agreement on the resolution of the South Sudanese conflict \r\nsigned in August 2015 provides that the transitional government in Juba \r\nwould expel Sudanese armed movement.

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However hopes for the implementation of the peace agreement fade and \r\nobservers say Machar group is preparing for a new war against the \r\ngovernment in Juba.

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(ST)

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