Sudan has warned against any attack against South Sudan from its territory where former South Sudanese Vice President Riek Machar has relocated.
The Sudanese foreign minister, Ibrahim Ghandour, said in a statement on Monday that his country is keen to achieve peace in South Sudan as a member of the IGAD committee set up to implement the neighbouring country’s peace agreement.
“Sudan wouldn’t allow any armed opposition to be launched from its territory against South Sudan,” he said in a statement cited by local media Sudan Tribune.
Sudan wouldn’t allow any armed opposition to be launched from its territory against South Sudan.
This warning came after Riek Machar issued a statement over the weekend calling for an armed struggle against President Salva Kiir’s government which they accuse of attacking Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) positions.
“We have been waging armed resistance since 2013 when this was imposed on us. We had suspended that until we were attacked recently in Juba. Be also informed that the government is launching attacks on our positions everywhere in the country. So, we are putting up resistance now,” Stephen Par Kuol, a senior member of the SPLM-IO explained.
Meanwhile, South Sudan’s Ambassador to Khartoum, Mayan Dut Waal, has appealed to Sudan to enforce a ban on Machar’s media and political activity in their territory.
The United Nations Undersecretary for Peacekeeping, Herve Ladsous, has however called for Riek Machar to be included in the implementation of the peace process.
Riek Machar fled Juba following clashes between his SPLM-IO forces and Salva Kiir’s Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in July.
He is currently is Khartoum on “humanitarian grounds” after a short stay in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia.