6 May 2012

Uganda: Khartoum Supports LRA Rebels, Bombs Towns in Unity State

Photo: Isaac Billy/UN
Treating the wounded in the aftermath of clashes in South Sudan (file photo).

The Sudan People's Liberation Army SPLA spokesperson Col Philip Aguer Panyang said yesterday that Khartoum government is supporting militia especially the Lord Resistance's Army LRA to attack the SPLA positions at the borders. He accused Sudanese government in Khartoum of refusing to comply with African Union request to cease hostility and to resume talks in Addis Ababa.

Aguer said the Sudanese warplane on Friday bombed SPLA positions in Sera Malakal in Raja County and all the villages surrounding it injuring civilians, he added that SAF used low range Mig to bomb these positions in Western Bahr El Ghazal State.

The army spokesperson also said that the Sudanese air forces Antonov has been bombing SPLA positions in Panakuac and Teshwin counties in Unity State the whole of Friday raising high tension at the borders between the two armies.

"Tension is still very high because Khartoum is still supporting the LRA militia and is continuing with its aggression of bombing our territories despite the AU roadmap for cessation of hostilities at the borders," said Col Aguer.

He said on Thursday Sudanese warplane bombed Lalob and civilians were injured and this location is about 50 kilometers north of the Unity State capital of Bentiu in South Sudan.

Meanwhile the France news agency AFP reported that Sudan accused South Sudan of not stopping hostilities in line with a UN resolution because it continues to "occupy" areas along the disputed border and will be expelled by force, Sudanese officials said Friday.

"From our side the government is committed to the UN Security Council resolution by stopping hostilities," army spokesman Sawarmi Khaled Saad told AFP ahead of a 1500 GMT UN deadline to stop fighting or face possible sanctions.

"We are not now conducting hostilities inside South Sudan but on our territory. We will not halt the fighting until South Sudan's troops withdraw," foreign ministry spokesman Al-Obeid Meruh told AFP shortly before the UN deadline.

Sudan accuses the South of backing anti-government rebels from its conflict-hit western region of Darfur as well as those fighting in South Kordofan state and Blue Nile.

Both Khartoum and Juba have pledged to seek peace after the UN Security Council on Wednesday gave their two countries 48 hours to stop fighting, including Sudanese air raids which it condemned.

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