Deputy National Speaker Calls For Protests Over Sudan’s Occupation In Raga

South Sudan deputy national speaker Gen. Mark Nyipuoch Ubuog with governor Rizik Zackaria Hassan during the event at the state peace hall in Wau today. [James Deng Dimo]

Nyipuoch who is from the boarder state of Western Bahr el Ghazal state with Sudan in Western Raga County said it is a right of civil society, youth and inhabitants of Raga county to weekly have a nonviolent protest against Sudan occupation of Gafia Gingi inside Raga County.

“We have to demonstrate our rights to the United Nations through sector office in Wau so that they can forward our feeling about our land ahead,” said Nyipuoch.

He said Gafia Gingi and Hufura Nass are areas inside South Sudan which are still occupied and claimed by the Sudan army forces.

He said the issue remains a serious violation incited by Sudan to implement the security agreement calling for urgent response from Sudan to pull back their army from the areas.

In July, thousands of Western Bahr el Ghazal state residents held peaceful demonstrations in Wau town to protest against the aerial bombardments by the Sudanese forces in Raga County.

The peaceful procession was after Sudanese Army forces (SAF) attacked South Sudanese army forces (SPLA) in Raga County killing 32 South Sudanese.

Sudan and South Sudan accused each other of incursions into disputed border areas.

The neighbours agreed to end hostilities in September 2012 and to resume oil exports from South Sudan via Sudan after coming close to war in April 2012.

Sudan has repeatedly denied South Sudan’s claims of launching air strikes.

Sudan and South Sudan governments yesterday agreed to open their borders which have been closed for over a year following military confrontation last year.

The breakthrough agreement came following meeting between the South Sudan Interior Minister Aleu Ayieny Aleu and the Sudanese Minister of Interior Ibrahim Mahmoud yesterday in Juba.

The two Ministers yesterday at the end of their meeting which discussed the four freedoms of citizens of the two countries told the press the breakthrough development at the end of their two day meeting held in Juba following the arrival of Ibrahim on Monday.

The duo also agreed to exchange prisoners currently in their two countries.

The breakthrough deal marks improvement of ties between South Sudan and Sudan.

For months, the long term foes; Sudan and South Sudan have never been in good terms despite signing a deal, the Cooperation Agreements, mediated by the AU that chatted out on how best they should keep their diplomatic ties.

Sudan and South Sudan are currently locked on security talks in Juba led by the two ministers of Interior.

The meeting is a continuation of the ongoing security talks of the Joint Security Committee of the two countries.

The committee comprises of members of the Ministry of Interior of South Sudan and Sudan among other observers.

Brig. Gen. Bior Kwer, the representative of the South Sudan delegation told press that, key in the agenda on discussion is the accusations by both countries hovering militia groups aimed at destroying the economy of each country.

“We hope to achieve something in the coming meeting. These meeting of course our people have hope in this meeting, Bior said.

He also said other items in the agenda will be on how the two countries will better security along their borders as they are to be opened.

The talks came following a strike by the two ministers on four freedoms of the citizens in either country in which they agreed to open the borders of the two countries and exchange of prisoners in detention of in either country. 

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