Title: South Sudan’s Minister swears that the rebels against Sudan are not existent in the country
Author: SudaneseOnline News
Date: 01-14-2015, 05:56 PM
Jan 14, 2015-Khartoum-SudaneseOnline-South Sudan's Foreign Affairs Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin has sworn that leaders of the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) and Sudan’s People Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) do not existent in Juba or anywhere else in the country.
An interview with Al-Rai Al-A’am newspaper on Tuesday, Benjamin said “ we do not offer any assistance to the Nuba mountains, Blue Nile and Darfur front” He noted that uncertainty about support of rebels still exist but must be removed continuously by improving relations between the two countries, revealing that China has sent military detachment to protect oil areas
South Sudan’s top diplomat added that Sudan could play a major role in solving the crisis in South, stressing that Juba's relationship with Kampala and Israel will not be at the expense of Khartoum.
South Sudan seceded peacefully from Sudan in July after decades of war, but both countries have since repeatedly exchanged allegations that each side backs proxy rebel forces against the other.
South Sudan was left awash with guns after years of conflict, and brutal tit-for-tat raids by rival ethnic groups to steal cattle from each other are common.
Last year, more than 350,000 people were forced from their homes due to violence, according to UN figures, while since June South Sudan has also taken in about 80,000 refugees fleeing civil war in north Sudan.