SOUTH SUDAN DENIES ITS SUPPORTING REBELS IN SUDAN

South Sudan says it is not supporting any rebel group in Sudan’s Darfur region following the latest round of accusation by Sudanese President Omar Bashir.

South Sudan Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Mawien Makol said here Thursday the two neighbouring countries had a security mechanism set up in 2014 to verify allegations of rebel support on both sides, rather than using the media to blame each other.

“That is not true. It is not the first time Khartoum has accused us. We have said we don’t have interest to support rebels. They should not look at us as the problem,” Makol told Xinhua.

The Sudanese president on Tuesday accused South Sudan and Egypt of supporting the rebels in Dafur in western Sudan. He said that the rebels who clashed with the Sudanese Armed Forces crossed into Darfur from South Sudan and Libya.

“We have put in place a committee headed by the two defence ministers that checks and verifies these allegations. Going to the media and talk about accusations is not good,” Makol said.

The latest spat comes after the two former civil war foes moved to thaw relations following disputes over border demarcation, oil transit fees and the disputed oil-rich Abyei region along their common border.

Khartoum has also been supporting war-torn South Sudan with humanitarian food aid after opening up its humanitarian corridors for relief supplies to reach the landlocked south.

South Sudan has in the past also accused Sudan of supporting the SPLA-in opposition rebels allied to South Sudan’s former first vice president, Riek Machar, now living in exile in South Africa. “We have now cordial relations with Sudan to the extent of them giving us humanitarian support,” Makol noted.

South Sudan became the world’s newest nation after gaining independence from Sudan in 2011.

Source: NAM News Network