16 January 2013

Sudan Lodges Three Complaints Against Uganda With African Regional Blocs

Khartoum — The Sudanese government filed a series of complaints against Uganda with the African Union (AU), Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), an official in Khartoum said today.

The Undersecretary of Sudan's foreign ministry Rahmatallah Mohamed Osman said that his government accused Kampala of trying to overthrow the regime and embracing anti-Khartoum rebel movements.

Osman pointed out that the "New Dawn" charter signed this month by Sudanese opposition and rebel groups was done in Uganda. The charter calls for toppling the regime via different political and military means.

The Sudanese diplomat said that Khartoum will adopt a new strategy in dealing with the Ugandan government if it continues its "hostile positions" towards Sudan.

However he ruled out lodging a complaint against Uganda at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in the present time stressing that they believe in the primacy of African solutions.

Sudan and Uganda have traded accusations for decades on supporting each side's rebel groups. Kampala says that Khartoum is providing support and refuge to the notorious Ugandan rebels Lord Resistance Army (LRA).

Khartoum on the other hand say that Kampala has become a safe harbor for Sudanese rebel leaders. A recent report published on McClatchy by Alan Boswell speaks of seeing munitions crates carried the tag of the Ugandan Ministry of Defense in the hands of Sudan people Liberation Movement North (SPLM-N) in South Kordofan.

Uganda announced during a visit by the President of South Sudan Salva Kiir this week to Kampala that it supports Juba's claims on Abyei ahead of AU summit this month in Addis Ababa.

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