Sudan Mounting Troops Along Border With South Sudan

L-R: South Sudan’s Deputy Minister of Defense and Veteran Affairs Majak Agot Atem with government spokesperson Dr. Barnaba Marial addressing the press in Juba. [Waakhe Simon Wudu]

South Sudan Deputy Minister of Defense and Veteran Affairs Hon. Majak Agot Atem briefing the press today in Juba said the situation is threatening expectation of peace and stability between the two countries and called for immediate intervention of the international community on the matter.

“The last two months we have seen a buildup of military forces along the border in Northern Bahr el Ghazal. They are building up troops in Heglig and adjacent to North Upper Nile State,” Majak told the press.

“The government of Sudan has launched a lot of incursion in Northern and Western Bahr el Ghazal as a result lives have been lost, property destroyed and people displaced,” he added.

He said the Sudan’s move is a way of imposing military solution into the disputes with South Sudan.

Majak said South Sudan forces are also on alert.

“As a sovereign State we deserve the right to protect the sovereignty of our State,” he said referring to that South Sudan will always act on self defense in case Khartoum launches aggressive moves on her territory.

“We want Khartoum to desist from this flagrant violation of the affairs of South Sudan. We further call the UN, AU and the IGAD to mount pressure on Khartoum to desist from this unacceptable situation on South Sudan,” Majak said.

Dr. Barnaba Marial, Government Spokesperson said “the Republic of South Sudan strongly condemns this unwanted Sudanese build up of military troops along the border.”

He said South Sudan is committed to peaceful resolutions to sort out her differences with Sudan.

Last year, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir had also told press in Juba that, Sudan is deploying forces along the borders with South Sudan and called for intervention of the international community.

South Sudan shut down its entire output of 350,000 barrels a day in January 2012 after tensions over pipeline fees escalated.

Sudan accuses South Sudan of supporting rebels who operate in two states on the border with South Sudan. Juba denied the charge and accuses Khartoum of backing rebels on its territory. 

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