News / Africa

South Sudan Warns Khartoum is Planning Attack

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir welcomes his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir for his first visit since southern secession to discuss key unresolved issues that have undermined north-south relations, during his arrival at Khartoum Airport, Sudan, Oc
Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir welcomes his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir for his first visit since southern secession to discuss key unresolved issues that have undermined north-south relations, during his arrival at Khartoum Airport, Sudan, Oc
Gabe Joselow

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has rejected allegations from the north that his government is backing rebels fighting Sudanese armed forces. Kiir also accused Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir of planning to attack the south.

Kiir told reporters that accusations his country is supporting rebels in Sudan's Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan states are untrue.

“I want to deny this before you. That it is not true. These claims are just utterly baseless and they are just maliciously planned,” said Kiir.

Trading accusations

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has accused the South of supporting the Sudan People's Liberation Movement - North (SPLM-N). The armed group was the northern branch of South Sudan's ruling party when Sudan was one nation.

For several months, Sudanese armed forces have been battling SPLM-N fighters in both Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan, which sit on the border with South Sudan.  

The South Sudanese president, speaking in the capital, Juba, said Bashir's accusations against the South were a “prelude” to future action.

“The fact is that, or the truth of the matter, that people are not talking about, is that Bashir and his group believes that it was a mistake on their side to hand over this, our beautiful land called South Sudan, to the infidels. And they must take it back,” said Kiir.

Simmering conflict

Kiir's remarks came after al-Bashir reportedly threatened to return to war with South Sudan. He was quoted in the Sudan Tribune earlier this week as saying of the South, “If they want war, our army is there.”

Tension between Sudan and South Sudan was running high even before the south declared independence in July. The sides clashed earlier this year in the disputed and oil-rich Abyei region. And they have yet to settle disputes on borders and how to share oil revenue.

The disagreements have dashed hopes for a peaceful separation of the two Sudans, which fought a 21-year civil war that ended six years ago.

The United Nations has estimated that more than 28,000 people have fled Blue Nile state, mostly to Ethiopia, since fighting began in September.

The U.S.-based rights group, The Enough Project, has accused Sudanese armed forces of committing atrocities in Blue Nile, including killing and raping civilians.

You May Like

How to Safeguard Your Mobile Privacy

As the digital world becomes more mobile, so too do concerns about eroding privacy and increased hacking More

'Desert Dancer' Chronicles Iranian Underground Dance Troupe

Film by Richard Raymond is based on true story of Afshin Ghaffarian and his friends More

Obesity Poses Complex Problem

Professor warns of obesity’s worldwide health impact More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Rolling Thunder Run Reveals Changed Attitudes Towards Vietnam Wari
X
Katherine Gypson
May 25, 2015 1:32 AM
For many US war veterans, the Memorial Day holiday is an opportunity to look back at a divisive conflict in the nation’s history and to remember those who did not make it home.
Video

Video Rolling Thunder Run Reveals Changed Attitudes Towards Vietnam War

For many US war veterans, the Memorial Day holiday is an opportunity to look back at a divisive conflict in the nation’s history and to remember those who did not make it home.
Video

Video Female American Soldiers: Healing Through Filmmaking

According to the United States Defense Department, there are more than 200-thousand women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Like their male counterparts, females have experiences that can be very traumatic.  VOA's Bernard Shusman tells us about a program that is helping some American women in the military heal through filmmaking.
Video

Video Iowa Family's Sacrifice Shaped US Military Service for Generations

Few places in America have experienced war like Waterloo. This small town in the Midwest state of Iowa became famous during World War II not for what it accomplished, but what it lost. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, the legacy of one family’s sacrifice is still a reminder today of the real cost of war for all families on the homefront.
Video

Video On Film: How Dance Defies Iran's Political Oppression

'Desert Dancer' by filmmaker Richard Raymond is based on the true story of a group of young Iranians, who form an underground dance troupe in the Islamic Republic of Iran. This is the latest in a genre of films that focus on dance as a form of freedom of expression against political oppression and social injustice. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
Video

Video Turkey's Ruling Party Trying to Lure Voters in Opposition Stronghold

Turkey’s AK (Justice and Development) Party is seeking a fourth successive general election victory, with the goal of securing two-thirds of the seats in Parliament to rewrite the constitution and change the country's parliamentary system into a presidential one. To achieve that, the party will need to win seats in opposition strongholds like the western city of Izmir. Dorian Jones reports.
Video

Video Millions Flock to Ethiopia Polls

Millions of Ethiopians cast their votes Sunday in the first national election since the 2012 death of longtime leader Meles Zenawi. Mr. Meles' party, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front, is almost certain of victory again. VOA's Anita Powell reports from Addis Ababa.
Video

Video Scientists Testing Space Propulsion by Light

Can the sun - the heart of our solar system - power a spacecraft to the edge of our solar system? The answer may come from a just-launched small satellite designed to test the efficiency of solar sail propulsion. Once deployed, its large sail will catch the so-called solar wind and slowly reach what scientists hope to be substantial speed. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video FIFA Trains Somali Referees

As stability returns to the once lawless nation of Somalia, the world football governing body, FIFA, is helping to rebuild the country’s sport sector by training referees as well as its young footballers. Abdulaziz Billow has more from Mogadishu.
Video

Video With US Child Obesity Rates on the Rise, Program Promotes Health Eating

In its fifth year, FoodCorps puts more than 180 young Americans into 500 schools across the United States, where they focus on teaching students about nutrition, engaging them with hands-on activities, and improving their access to healthy foods whether in the cafeteria or the greater community. Aru Pande has more.
Video

Video Virginia Neighborhood Draws People to Nostalgic Main Street

In the U.S., people used to grow up in small towns with a main street lined by family-owned shops and restaurants. Today, however, many main streets are worn down and empty because shoppers have been lured away by shopping malls. But in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, main street is thriving. VOA’s Deborah Block reports it has a nostalgic feel with its small restaurants and unique stores.

VOA Blogs