Sudan may close border if Juba does not expel rebels

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[image: South Sudan FVP Taban Deng Gai (L) meets President of Sudan Omar
al-Bashir (R) at the Presidential Palace in Khartoum, August 22, 2016.
(Anadolu Agency/AFP- Photo)]

September 2016 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese government Sunday it would close
border with the South Sudan if the government of President Salva Kiir does
not implement its pledge to expel Sudanese armed groups waging war in the
two Areas and Darfur.

Last August Khartoum and Juba said that First Vice President Taban Deng Gai
discussed during his meetings with the Sudanese officials the presence of
rebel group in South Sudan and pledged to take tangible measures within
three weeks.

Last week, South Sudanese Army Spokesperson, Lul Ruai Koang, told Sudan
Tribune that they will expels rebels fighting its northern neighbour once
it receives directives from the high command.

State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kamal Ismail said South Sudan’s First
Vice President Taban Deng Gai pledged during his recent visit to Khartoum
to expel rebel movements from its territory within 21 days.

"Juba’s failure to commit itself to this agreement entails stopping the
transit of humanitarian aid through Sudanese territory to the South Sudan,"
he said in statements to the semi-official Sudanese Media Centre (SMC).

The minister further stressed that they are closely monitoring and watching
Juba’s decision on this respect.

"South Sudanese political authorities have to take a clear decision
providing to expel (rebel) movements" and "there is no excuse for those who
have been warned." he stressed.

Khartoum and Juba trade accusations of support to rebel groups since the
secession of South Sudan in July 2011.

The peace agreement on the resolution of the South Sudanese conflict signed
in August 2015 provides that the transitional government in Juba would
expel Sudanese armed movement.

However hopes for the implementation of the peace agreement fade and
observers say Machar group is preparing for a new war against the
government in Juba.

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   - 18 September 23:21, by Mr Point

   Salva Kiir’s government can not be held responsible or accountable for
   any pledges that other parties believe to have been made and are relying
   on; relying on Kiir’s government to keep pledges is unbelievably naive;
   such pledges are unenforceable.

   repondre message

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