19 January 2014

South Sudan: JEM Strongly Denies Involvement in South Sudan

South Kordofan — The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) has strongly denied that its troops have been involved in the fighting in South Sudan, in response to accusations published by some Sudanese newspapers.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga, the JEM spokesman, Jibril Adam Bilal, said that these accusations repeatedly published by some Khartoum-based newspapers "reflect the devious intent of the National Congress Party (NCP) to elongate the conflict in South Sudan as much as possible, so that the Khartoum regime can take advantage of the instability to continue its genocide in the southern parts of Sudan and to steal oil from South Sudan".

"The Sudanese government wants to intervene militarily in the oil-rich Sudan-South Sudanese border areas, with the intention to plunder the resources in South Sudan. This will be possible if the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) forces have been eliminated in the south and West Kordofan."

Bilal added that the Khartoum regime intends to circumvent the SRF forces from the southern side "which is only possible by entering into South Sudan, and therefore the crisis there has to continue". He affirmed that JEM has not participated in the South Sudanese conflict, "not in Bentiu, nor in any other place. We have not intervened in this conflict and will never do so in the future".

The spokesman further denied the allegations circulated in the Sudanese newspapers that JEM troops robbed banks in South Sudan. "JEM was not present in South Sudan, so how could we rob banks there?"

He also pointed to the impact "such accusations" have on the situation of Sudanese residing in South Sudan. "They could be accused of siding with us and thus of robbing the banks. The regime in Khartoum repeatedly proves to us that does not care at all for its nationals in neighbouring countries. They raise accusations without considering the consequences for the Sudanese working abroad. During the Libyan uprising, the Khartoum regime accused JEM of participating in support of the Libyan president. This had large repercussions for the Sudanese citizens who were living there."

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