Thursday January 19, 2017

President Kiir says Khartoum has ‘Declared War’ on us

Bith Jonathan

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BEIJING – President Salva Kiir says on Tuesday Khartoum has declared war on us as Khartoum’s warplanes bombed Bentiu, Unity State capital in a border regions.
 
President’s remarks came after a report that Sudan launched new air strikes on disputed border area while he was in China meeting his Chinese counterpart, Hu Jintao.
 
Salva Kiir said, Sudan has “declared war” on our country.
Kiir added that it is very critical moment for the Republic of South Sudan because our neighbour in Khartoum has declared war on the Republic of South Sudan.
 
Colonel Philip Aguer, a spokesman for SPLA said, “Sudanese
MiG29 fighter jet dropped eight bombs between 11pm and 1am in Panakuac, where the ground fighting continues since Sunday.”
 
South Sudan Vice-President Dr. Riek Machar Teny addressed the Youths on Monday in Juba, the nation capital comdemning Khartoum’s agression acts. The Country Vice-President warn Khartoum that if ” Bashir continues his evil acts of gressions; we will response by all measure.”
 
“If Khartoum has chosen a war, and the international community could not restrains it, therefore, Juba will defense it sovereignty and we will retake back Panthou (Heglig) by force as well as liberate the other occupied territories across 1,800 km north-south border,” Dr. Machar added.
 
The Monday’s aerial attacks that targeted a market and an oil field in Unity State leave more than two people dead.
 
Unity State governor Taban Deng said on Tuesday that at present “with the exception of aerial bombardment, the front line is quiet”.
Eduardo del Buey, deputy UN spokesman, said on Monday “the secretary-general Ban Ki Moon condemns the aerial bombardment on South Sudan by Sudanese armed forces and calls on the government of Sudan to cease all hostilities immediately.”
 
US condemns Sudan strikes on South Sudan
The United States on Tuesday strongly condemned Sudan’s air strikes in South Sudan and called on both governments to agree an immediate ceasefire and recommit to negotiations.
 
White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Air Force One, “we strongly condemn Sudan’s military incursion into South Sudan. Sudan must immediately halt the aerial and artillery bombardment in South Sudan.”
 
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she is “very concerned” about the ongoing violence between South Sudan and Sudan.”
She acknowledged South Sudan’s withdrawal from Panthou (Heglig) which she says presented an opportunity for negotiations with Khartoum government, though the United State considers Sudan under Bashir government as a state sponsor of terrorism.
 
President Bashir is wanted by International Criminal Court (ICC) for crime against Humanity and genocide he committed in Darfur region and Nuba Mountains.
 
The Upper Nile Times
Bith Jonathan
Bith Jonathan is an award-winning journalist and columnist. He holds a bachelor's degree in mass media and journalism from the prestigious kenyan school of mass media.
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