pill http://dan.rabarts.com/wp-includes/category-template.php geneva; font-size: small;”>In a statement issued a few hours ago by the Sudan Media Centre, visit this site http://citrusresearch.org/wp-content/plugins/ubermenu/pro/widgets.php Khartoum says “Uganda has very big influence on the political situation in Sudan since the eruption of the rebellion in South Sudan long time ago.”
The statement reads in part: “Uganda used to host Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA) in its north, the matter that created tension between the two countries.”
Army spokesperson Col. Felix Kulayigye was not readily available for comment but has in previous interviews vehemently denied such allegations, saying Uganda supports amicable solutions to problems facing Sudan and South Sudan.
“The Ugandan regime played a dirty role in creating the rebellion in Darfur .Since 2004 Uganda started its support to Abd Al Wahid Nur and Minwa (rebel leaders) and provided limited support to Justice and Equality Movement,” Khartoum alleged.
“Uganda used to facilitate the movement of Darfur rebels to South Sudan and provided them with Ugandan passports and medical services to the injured Darfur rebels,” the statement noted.
Quite unexpected, Sudan further blamed Uganda for “participating directly in the recent attacks on Abyei.”
“In 2004 Uganda regime facilitated the transfer of new cars and weapons to Darfur rebels through Raja in South Sudan and in the same year the rebel leader Khalid Ibrahim visited Kampala to organize the training of Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) troops by the Ugandan army officers,” Khartoum noted.
“Also the Ugandan intelligence trained JEM officers on military intelligence operations.
In 2009 Darfur rebels asked Uganda to allow them to open representation office in the country. Uganda helped in transferring Darfur rebels to take part in the military operations,” the statement further reads.
However, says Khartoum, after the “great victories of the Sudanese Armed Forces in Darfur, both Uganda and South Sudan tried to revive Darfur rebels through providing logistic and military support and evacuated the wounded rebels to Uganda through South Sudan.”
The Sudan government further accused Uganda of creating headquarters for rebels.
“In 2011 Darfur rebels used Kampala as a base for them and they used to travel with the passports provided by Ugandan authorities. In April 2011, Israel provided military support to Darfur rebels through Uganda. After the election in South Kordofan, SPLA- N contacted Darfur rebels and involved them in it plot to create tension in the region,” the statement concluded.
This is not the first time Sudan is accusing Uganda of harbouring and backing rebels to oust Bashir.
Late last year the country’s vice President Osman Taha, while giving a key presentation at a University in Cairo, said Uganda President Yoweri Museveni was actively involved in plans to cause regime change in Khartoum.
Sudan has lately been under pressure to halt a violent crackdown on peaceful protestors in dozens of cities who are urging Bashir to step down.
Over 2,000 protestors and some journalists have since been arrested in the civil action that has exposed Bashir’s dictatorship.
BASHIR MEETS KIIR
In a related development, Al-Bashir on Saturday evening received at his residence in Sheraton, Addis Ababa on the sidelines of the African Summit, the President of South Sudan State, Salva Kiir.
The two presidents discussed in the one-hour meeting a number of issues pertinent to the relations between Sudan and South Sudan State.
The meeting between Presidents Al-Bashir and Salva Kiir was attended by the Minister at the Presidency of the Republic, Gen. Bakri Hassan Salih, the Minister of Defense, Gen. Abdul-Rahim Mohamed Hussein, the Foreign Minister, Ali Karti, and Bagan Amum and Deng Alor at South Sudan government side.
It is to be recalled the last part of the meeting was between Presidents Al-Bashir and Salva Kiir after departure of members of the two sides.