13 February 2013

South Sudan Urges UN and IGAD to Stop Khartoum Over Territorial Incursion

Juba — The government of the Republic of South Sudan has warned that Khartoum be advised against violating South Sudan airspace after it was confirmed that Sudan Air Force has been dropping ammunitions to militia led by Yauyau inside Pibor County of Jonglei state.

Over the past few weeks, it was reported that Yauyau carried out a series of attacks on Lou-Nuer area leaving over one hundred people, mostly women and children, dead.

Speaking to journalists at a news conference in Juba yesterday, the Deputy Defence minister, Dr. Majak D'Agot called on United Nations and Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD) to stop Khartoum from invading the territory of South Sudan.

Dr. D'Agot said the violation of South Sudan airspace threatens peaceful co-existence between the two neighboring states. He affirmed that the government is fully committed to resolving outstanding issues between the two countries according to the roadmap presented by the African Union.

On his part, the minister for Information and Broadcasting who is also the officiasl government spokesperson, Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin condemned the warlike attitude of Sudan saying it will not lead to progress in the two countries. He urged UNMISS to help monitor the movement of rebels and report to the government to help keep peace between communities.

In a separate event, the co-chair of Abyei Joint Oversight Committee, Dr. Luka Biong appealed to the United Nation to mandate UNISFA not to allow any foreign settlements around and within Abyei.

According to Dr. Biong who arrived from Abyei on Monday said Khartoum has brought many foreigners and is still bringing more to settle in Abyei which is expected to have a referendum in October.

He also disclosed that so many militias are heading towards Abyei. He said he believes this may have negative implications on the referendum process. Dr. Biong urged AUHIP to refer the stalemate between Juba and Khartoum to the UNSC.

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