S. Sudan rebel leader slams Ugandan 'interference'

South Sudan has been shaken by violence since mid-December.

S. Sudan rebel leader slams Ugandan 'interference'

World Bulletin / News Desk

The chief negotiator of South Sudan's sacked vice president Riek Machar on Wednesday condemned what he described as Ugandan interference in his country's affairs.

“The Uganda role in the conflict in South Sudan is negative,” Gen. Taban Deng Gai told a press conference in the Ethiopian capital.

He argued that the Ugandan role would not serve South Sudan's peace talks, which is being sponsored by the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD).

Deng said that Ugandan planes were attacking the South Sudanese states of Equatorial, Unity and Jonglei every day.

Describing Ugandan President Yoweri Moseveni as a "dictator", he said that the Ugandan leader did not take the permission of parliament for his intervention in South Sudan.

Meanwhile, Deng praised what he described as the "positive" role played by Sudan.

“We consider Sudan as a real partner to South Sudan," he said.

According to him, the peace talks between the South Sudanese rivals would not be taken to Juba, a city he dubbed as a “big prison”.

“We will continue the talks; we have no desire to withdraw from the ongoing talks because we believe in peaceful solution," he said.

South Sudan has been shaken by violence since mid-December, when President Salva Kiir accused Machar of standing behind a failed coup attempt against him.

A subsequent government crackdown landed many of Machar's supporters in jail, but he managed to flee to Jonglei State, a stronghold of his Nuer tribe.

In the fighting that has raged ever since, more than 190,000 people have reportedly been displaced.

Representatives of Kiir and Machar began direct talks, mediated by IGAD, on Monday in an attempt to resolve the crisis in the nascent country.

Rebels accuse S. Sudan gov't of mounting 'counter-productive' attacks

The representatives of South Sudan's sacked vice president Riek Machar on Wednesday accused government forces of mounting attacks to recapture the rebel-held city of Bor despite ongoing peace talks in Addis Ababa.

Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang, spokesman for Machar's delegation to the peace talks, said they had foiled repeated military offensives on Bor, capital of Jonglei state, inflicting heavy losses on the government troops.

In a statement, he dismissed such attacks as being "counter-productive to ongoing peace talks."

South Sudan has been shaken by violence since mid-December, when President Salva Kiir accused Machar of standing behind a failed coup attempt against him.

Bor was one of the first cities to fall into the hands of rebel forces when the conflict.

Machar's forces regained control over Bor in late December after days of being recaptured by Kiir's troops.

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