Kiir accuses Bashir of air strikes in Upper Nile

South Sudan
November 10, 2011 (Miraya FM)

The South Sudan President Salva Kiir Wednesday accused his Sudanese counterpart Omer El-Bashir of orchestrating  air strikes on Gufa in Upper Nile State South Sudan in which seven people were killed.

"Omer El-Bashir is trying to run away from his own internal political problems by alleging that the SPLA is supporting the insurgencies in Blue Nile and South Kordofan States," Kiir said.

Kiir said Bashir is keeping his soldiers on the battle fields so that they do not turn against him in Khartoum. According the government's official website; Kiir urged Bashir to sit down with his citizens to resolve the political problems in Sudan.

Kiir made the remarks at Nyachigak Military College, Eastern Equatoria State while addressing the second batch of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) graduates after six months of training in military leadership, peacekeeping operations and tactics. The training was part of the army professionalization process.

The president was responding to the accusation made by Bashir while addressing the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) on Sunday in the Blue Nile State city of Kurmuk that the Juba government is supporting rebels in South Kordofan and Blue Nile States.

Khartoum has also filed a new complaint against South Sudan before the UN Security Council. It is the second time Khartoum has addressed such complaints to the Security Council since South Sudan gained its independence in July.


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