Sudan Lodges another Complaint to UNSC against South Sudan Aggressions
New York - Sudan’s permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador Dafaallah Al-Haj Ali submitted another letter of complaint to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) last Sunday, in follow-up to the previous complaint outlining attacks carried out by South Sudan on Sudan in the region of Buhairat Al-Abyad in South Kordufan.
The current complaint outlined attacks from within the South Sudan soil against Sudan backed by its forces that facilitated the movement and transport of armed elements of so called Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) present in the region of Tumsaha and adjacent regions in South Sudan to take part in the attack. The letter stated that SPLA Chief of Staff in South Sudan denied the presence of elements from this movement, but affirmed that these forces were affiliated to SPLA-North Sector.
The letter said, despite the denial of the South Sudan SPLA Chief of Staff that it was untrue regarding the presence of forces from JEM in South Sudan and their involvement in the aggression, but his response unquestionably proves involvement of South Sudan and also affirms that the attack was launched from South Sudan’s territories in a blatant violation of the memo of understanding signed recently between the two countries under the auspices of former South African president, Thabo Mbeki, head of Africa’s Elders Panel.
The letter explained that the region of Buhairat Al-Abyad is divided between Sudan and South Sudan according to borders of 1956, and that there is no dispute over it, and that the entire region of Buhairat Al-Abyadh is outside disputed border areas between the two countries.
The letter conveyed to the UNSC what was agreed upon at the summit of Lakes States held in Uganda last December the role JEM is playing, describing it as positive and similar to the acts of Lord Resistance Army (LRA) in the region. the letter also stated that the government o Sudan exercised self-restraint toward repeated attacks from South Sudan, and urged the Council to demand South Sudan immediately stop its aggressions and helping rebel armed movements.
The letter reiterated previous message to the council that if the government of South Sudan did not stop such attacks the government of Sudan would preserve its right to respond to any attack by South Sudan to ensure security and safety of its territories.
By Staff Writer, 02/03/2012