Juba Dismisses Claims Of Supporting Sudan’s Warring RSF With Fuel Supplies

Juba Dismisses Claims Of Supporting Sudan’s Warring RSF With Fuel Supplies

By Spy Uganda Correspondent

South Sudan has refuted claims that it is ferrying fuel to the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), one of the two warring parties in Sudan.

According to a leaked United Nations Panel of Experts report released on Friday, fuel trucks are moving from the capital Juba to Wau, the northwestern city and capital of Western Bahr el Ghazal State. From Wau, the oil is transported to RSF-controlled areas in South Darfur State through Raja and Kafia-Kingi.

But f South Sudan’s foreign Affairs minister James Morgan said on Monday that the allegations are unfounded.

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“It is important to note that since the eruption of conflict in the sisterly Republic of Sudan on April 15, 2023, the government of the Republic of South Sudan has maintained a position of neutrality and has kept its borders open. Our commitment to peace and stability in the region remains unwavering,” he said in a statement.

The UN report claimed that the trucks travel to Wau every week. “From Wau, fuel was transported in civilian cars such as Land Cruisers to Raja, then to RSF-controlled areas in South Darfur, through Kafia-Kingi,” the report stated.

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However, the UN panel absolved the South Sudanese government, saying it played no role in the fuel transportation, attributing it rather to local South Sudanese army officers within Wau.

The Foreign ministry said the allegations do not contribute to solving the conflict in Sudan, but rather jeopardise peace efforts.

“President Salva Kiir Mayardit has consistently called upon the Sudanese parties to observe a ceasefire and create a conducive atmosphere for the cessation of hostilities,” Mr Morgan said.

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RSF and the Sudan army have been fighting a vicious war since April that has left at least 13,000 people dead and displaced more than seven million, according to the UN estimates.

Meanwhile, the Sudan Government on last Saturday, condemned the ongoing supply of advanced weapons to the RSF by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other unnamed countries.

There are concerns that this support enables the RSF to expand its military operations, commit atrocities against civilians, and prolong the conflict in Sudan.

Sudan’s government also criticized the international community’s slow response to the situation in Sudan, expressing dissatisfaction with its reluctance to take decisive action against the RSF adding that this reluctance contributes to the continuation of the war and the suffering of millions of Sudanese people.

The Panel of Experts on Sudan was established by the UN Security Council in resolution 1591 (2005) on March 29, 2005. Originally based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Panel has been home-based since 2012.

The Council added a fifth expert to the Panel in 2006 to enhance its effectiveness, as per resolution 1713 (2006) of September 29, 2006.

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