South Sudan denies aiding rebels in Darfur and South Kordofan

South Sudan
August 31, 2011 (Miraya FM)

The Government of South Sudan has categorically denied it is supporting rebel militias in Darfur and South Kordofan.

The denial came in response to a letter sent by the Sudanese government on Tuesday to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) accusing South Sudan of supporting the rebel groups.

In response, South Sudan suggested that the blame for South Kordofan's troubles rests solely on Khartoum's shoulders.

"There is no element of truth whatsoever in Sudan's accusations," South Sudan's Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Barnaba Benjamin Marial, told the press on Tuesday.

He said that Khartoum has only itself to blame for the war in South Kordofan's because it failed to implement the popular consultation vote in the area as stipulated under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.

Benjamin added that his government will make a formal response to the letter at the UNSC.

Meanwhile, speaking to Radio Miraya, spokesperson of the South Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), Philip Aguer, said that there are unconfirmed reports that Sudan's army is involved in creating cross-border insecurity and instability.

"They are the culprits behind all these cross-border insurgence into South Sudan. We have nothing to do with what is happening in Southern Kordufan or Darfur. They are just covering their conspiracy against the Republic of South Sudan," Aguer insisted.


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