Salva Kiir affirms that there is no any military escalation between SPLM forces and the Armed Forces

Oct. 25, 2007 (SUNA)

First Vice President of the Republic and President of the Government of Southern Sudan and Chairman of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) Salva Kiir Mayardit has affirmed that there is no any military escalation between the forces of the SPLM and the Armed Forces.

Salva Kiir Mayardit said in a statement to the press after he received at his residence Thursday National Defense Minister Gen. Abdul-Rahim Mohamed Hussein that all media reports on a military escalation were untrue.

He added that he would like to assure the Sudanese people through the media that there is no problem between the two sides.

Meanwhile, Minister of National Defense Gen. Abdul-Rahim Mohamed Hussein reiterated that the two sides will never return back to war.

He further added that the Armed Forces fully adhere to the peace agreement and is keen on implementation of its clauses and solution of all the issues via the mechanisms stipulated by the agreement.

The Minister of National Defense affirmed stability of security situations at the oil-production areas, saying that there is no any problem and that the Armed Forces and the SPLM's forces and the joint forces are doing their roles fully, saying that the talks about attack on oil areas was totally untrue and baseless, pointing out that the SPLM did not detain or attack any person there.

He described the statements by the Justice and Equality Movement on attacking the oil areas as dreams that will never become true, saying it can not do this.


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