South Sudan calls on Sudan to sever ties with rebels

Rebel fighters aligned with former vice-president Riek Machar march through a village inside rebel-controlled territory in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state on 9 February 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
Rebel fighters aligned with former vice-president Riek Machar march through a village inside rebel-controlled territory in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state on 9 February 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

Juba – The South Sudanese government has urged the government of neighbouring Sudan to sever ties with rebels under the leadership of former vice-president Riek Machar, while reiterating its commitment to a 2012 bilateral deal between the two countries.

However, the government was quick to point out it was not accusing Sudan of providing support to pro-Machar rebels, describing it as one of the key players in the ongoing peace process.

“What we are saying is that it should encourage Riek Machar and his group to stop the war and accept to give peaceful dialogue a chance,” South Sudan’s foreign affairs minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, told Sudan Tribune during an exclusive interview on Sunday…

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