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Bashir Says No Support for Rebels in South Sudan

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, left, meets with Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, right, in the capital Juba, South Sudan, Jan. 6, 2014.
South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, left, meets with Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, right, in the capital Juba, South Sudan, Jan. 6, 2014.
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Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir is pledging his government will not support rebels in neighboring South Sudan.

The Sudanese leader spoke Monday during a brief visit to the southern capital, Juba, where he met with South Sudan President Salva Kiir.

Bashir thanked Kiir for a "warm welcome" and went on to say Sudan will never support rebels against any neighboring government.  He said that "would only cause instability, exhaustion of resources and destruction of ties between countries."

In the past, the two Sudans have accused each other of supporting rebels on the other's territory.

Meanwhile, substantive peace talks between delegates for Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar appear finally set to begin in Ethiopia.

The sides negotiated for several days over the format and agenda of the talks.  The chairman of the mediation team, Seyoum Mesfin, told reporters Monday the parties have agreed to discuss a proposed cease-fire, and the fate of pro-rebel officials detained by the government.

China is calling for an immediate end to hostilities in South Sudan, where three weeks of political and ethnic violence has killed more than 1,000 people and displaced about 200,000 from their homes.

Chinese companies have major investments in South Sudan's oil industry.  

On Sunday, South Sudan Information Minister Michael Makuei says the government will not let the detainees go as part of the talks.

"We are not ready to negotiate on preconditions. This is why we are here. The question of the releases should not be annexed to the successful peace talks. We came here to talk peace without conditions and to come and tell us that 'release these people so that they talk' is a condition and we are not ready to accept any precondition," said Makuei.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday his government will support those seeking peace, but will work for international pressure against those who use force to gain any advantage.  Kerry said to reporters in Jerusalem, negotiations must be serious - not a "gimmick."

The talks in Ethiopia are being mediated by the East African regional bloc IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development).

South Sudan's unrest began December 15 when renegade soldiers attacked an army headquarters.  President Kiir accused Machar of a coup attempt.  Machar has called for the army to overthrow the president.

Witnesses say some of the violence is ethnically motivated, with supporters of Kiir, a member of the Dinka tribe, and supporters of Machar, from the Nuer tribe, targeting each other.

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by: Kueth gach from: Ethiopia
January 07, 2014 10:57 AM
His visit was not fruitfull,bashir is the most wanted criminal by ICC, so he not puts things in a big abettor

by: peter jal from: USA
January 07, 2014 2:24 AM
Bashir, do not involve in the South Sudanese affair the world will treated as a international innovation, because Sudan and South Sudan they are two different countries, that decision of join forces with South Sudan will lead both of you to leave these countries for your misconduct against humanity, you know very well that South Sudan has 64 tribes one of them has been fighting 63 tribes plus Uganda, and North Sudan now and they will still tolerate if you are going to murdering Nuer because of the resources in the Nuer land this oil will poisoning both of you.

by: Chuol Both from: Ethiopia
January 06, 2014 8:24 PM
I am skeptical about Bashir's visit to Juba and the remark has made, saying that he will not support the rebels. He is a muderer. Let him just go to ICC.
In Response

by: South Sudanese from: Juba
January 09, 2014 4:36 AM
I want to reply to peter jal that not all 63 tribes of South Sudanese are fighting the rebels group headed by Dr. Riek.

by: Chuol Both from: Ethiopia
January 06, 2014 8:04 PM
Where is democracy? Where are the best and faithful analysts to help those South sudanese in this terrible situation? John Kerry and IGAD mediators actually want more bloodshed if they fail to urge the release of all the arrested politicians who are expected to participate in the peace process. If they are alive why is it difficult to let them participate?

by: ali baba from: new york
January 06, 2014 3:01 PM
Omar el Bashir is a war criminal that should be arrested and bring to the international court for his crime against humanity. he is the one who causes two civil war.

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