AFRICANGLOBE – The Government of South Sudan will not fold its hands in the event of an attack on our citizens and territory by Khartoum, the South Sudanese ambassador to Uganda, Samuel Luate Lominsuk, has declared.
Reiterating his president Salva Kiir’s statement on Monday in reaction to the order by president Omar el-Bashir to shut the pipeline carrying South Sudanese crude oil for export, Lominsuk said, “In the event of destabilising us, we shall not fold hands to see our citizens being destabilised”.
In a statement he read to reporters on Tuesday at his office in Nakasero, Lominsuk stated that his government was still committed to ‘peaceful co-existence of the two countries’ and that it did not have any intentions for aggression against Khartoum.
He called upon the International community to intervene immediately, saying the agreements the two countries signed in Ethiopia on September 27, 2012 ‘were not only between the two countries, but supported by the African Union and the United Nations intended to create a friendly atmosphere for the economic development of the two countries’.
He said although Juba had committed itself to respecting the buffer zone that was agreed on in the agreements, ‘Khartoum has not moved away, but sent massive troops even in our areas’.
He said the oil exported from their country did not only benefit the people of South Sudan, but even Khartoum ‘because we pay tariffs for the pipeline that passes through Sudan, plus others like China and Malaysia that mine the oil.
“The position of the Republic of South Sudan is for peaceful co-existence between Sudan and South Sudan for the mutual understanding for the interest of our people, in the South and those in the North,” the statement read in parts.
The ambassador stressed his government’s appeal to Sudan ‘to continue with the spirit of cooperation and divert from aggression’.
He explained that his government had not received any official communication from the Sudan with regard to the shutting down of the oil pipeline.
By: Eddie Ssejjoba