(SMC): Following the two-month window given by President of Sudan Omar Al Bashir to Juba to force Sudanese rebels
that were taking refuge in the nascent state, the South Sudanese government has finally given the rebels a 30-day ultimatum to leave the country.
Despite a cooperation agreement between the two countries, for years the government in South Sudan has hosted and supported armed rebels from Sudan. According to various international and local reports the rebels, hostile to the Sudanese government, have taken to South Sudan as a safe haven.
South Sudan routinely denies such claims, insisting it’s committed to the agreement:
“The government is fully committed to implementing the non-aggression agreement which we have signed with Sudan. Because of this and to show our full and sincere commitment to respecting it, we have given armed groups from Sudan fighting Sudanese government to leave at the end of November,” South Sudanese defence minister, Khoul Manyang, said on Monday.
In acknowledgement that rebels are residing in South Sudan, Juba has given all rebels in the country 30 days to leave.
US State Department Supports Sudan
The United States Department of State has issued a statement earlier this month regarding South Sudan’s support of armed Sudanese opposition groups. In the statement it calls on the South Sudan government to comply with UN resolution 2046 and stop supporting Sudan’s rebellion.
The statement reads, “The United States calls on the Government of the Republic of South Sudan to comply with its commitments to cease harboring or providing support for Sudanese armed opposition groups, as required by UN Security Council Resolution 2046 (2012).”
The statement says, “Despite its obligations under international law and repeated agreements between the Government of the Republic of South Sudan and the Government of Sudan to end such support, credible reports continue to indicate the Government of the Republic of South Sudan is harboring and providing assistance to armed Sudanese opposition groups.”
“We urge South Sudan’s leaders to redouble their efforts to meet the commitments they recently reached with Sudan under which both sides agreed to end support for armed opposition groups on either side.”
“The presence of Sudanese armed opposition forces in South Sudan, and their involvement in South Sudan’s internal conflicts, destabilizes both Sudan and South Sudan. It is, moreover, a violation of the terms of the Agreement for the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan. We call on the Government of the Republic of South Sudan to ensure Sudanese armed opposition groups are not in a position to conduct armed operations within South Sudan or across the border in Sudan.”
Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir had issued a warning to South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir to stop harboring and supporting the armed factions fighting against the Khartoum regime.
“We have been patient long enough, but the next December will be the accounting date, either we agree on the implementation of recent agreements or we will turn the page,” President Al Bashir had said.