South Sudan denies promising to expel Darfur rebels; two priests kidnapped in Khartoum, tensions grow

Posted: January 19, 2012 by PaanLuel Wël Media Ltd. in Junub Sudan
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PRESS RELEASE ON ALLEGATIONS MADE BY SUDAN THAT SOUTH SUDAN PROMISED TO EXPEL DARFUR REBEL GROUP (JEM) FROM ITS TERRITORY
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of South Sudan (RSS) is deeply concerned about an incorrect news story published online on(January 15, 2012) by Sudan Tribune alleging  that the RSS South Sudan  promised to expel members of Darfur rebel group Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) from its territory.
The Government of the Republic of South Sudan categorically refutes the allegations made by Sudan’s State Minister of Foreign Affairs in which he attributed a statement to have been made by Deputy Minister of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation (RSS) Prof. Elias Nyamlell Wakoson.
On many occasions, the RSS has made it clear to the world media that there is no presence of any rebel group from Darfur or any other Northern rebel groups fighting against the Government of Khartoum on South Sudan’s soil, and having said that ,the  statement is blatantly false and should be retracted.
Nevertheless we would like to make the following clarifications:
A delegation from South Sudan led by South Sudan’s Deputy Minister of International Cooperation Prof. Elias Nyamlell Wokoson was in Khartoum for a five days visit. During this visit, the delegation held meetings with Senior Government Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other Government institutions of the Government of Sudan, in which various areas of crucial concern were discussed.
The governments of South Sudan delegation never in any way expressed or implied knowledge or support of JEM rebels leave alone the expulsion of these rebels from its territory. As such, the government of South Sudan is appalled by these statements and considers these allegations as baseless and in bad spirit of the bilateral talks.
We would like to point out that, the internal rebellions in Sudan is purely an internal and domestic matter, and the government of South Sudan has never had a hand or interest in supporting it.
The sovereign Republic of South Sudan adheres firmly to the principle of non- interference in domestic affairs of other countries.
Finally, the RSS Government further urges the editors of the article to seek accurate and cohesive first hand information from the source.
For more details: you can contact the department of information in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on
Tel: 0910573484

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