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Ugandan Government Refuses to Receive South Sudan Rebel Delegation at the Airport: Spokesperson

Addis Ababa, July 21, 2014 (SSNA) -- A high level delegation of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in Opposition (SPLM-O) arrived at the Entebbe International Airport early Monday to meet Uganda’s Museveni; but the Ugandan government refused to receive the delegation at Uganda's main airport, Entebbe.

Many regional observers said Uganda's refusal to receive South Sudanese anti-government delegation at its own airport raises more questions than answers.

The rebels call Kampala's hasty move a "humdrum", adding that they are not surprised.

In a strongly worded statement issued on Monday by James Gatdet Dak, the Spokesperson for the leadership of the SPLM-in Opposition, Dak criticizes Ugandan authorities and questions the real intention behind Yoweri Museveni’s desire to have a face-to-face meeting with the South Sudanese rebel leader Dr. Riek Machar.

“The attitude demonstrated by the Ugandan leadership has clearly indicated that President Museveni is not serious to dialogue with our leadership. Maybe the Ugandan leadership had a different intention. Maybe they didn’t like the fact that the mission to Kampala was made known to the world through media”, Mr. Dak said.

Dak also declared that Ugandan President is best known for his deceptive approaches.

“Kampala used to mislead the IGAD member countries that it wanted to dialogue with the leadership of the Movement, contrary to the reality which is now unveiled”, he recalls.

Meanwhile, the rebel delegation had decided to return to the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, after nearly one day at the airport.

South Sudan’s rebels, regional leaders, and the international community want Kampala to withdraw its soldiers from South Sudan—a call Museveni refuses.

The South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) has learned that the Ugandan president is the one who asked to meet with Former South Sudanese Vice President Dr. Riek Machar and also gave a green light for Machar's delegation to meet him in Kampala.

Museveni has in the past unsuccessfully tried numerous times to meet South Sudan’s rebels’ leader Machar, the SSNA has confirmed.

South Sudan ranks the world’s most fragile state

Washington, DC, June 26, 2014 (SSNA) -- The Republic of South Sudan has been named the world’s most fragile country by the United States-based research institution, The Fund for Peace.

In its 2014 report titled: “Fragile States Index 2014”, the agency places South Sudan on top of its list under what it calls Very High Alert status. Other countries listed in the same category are Somalia, Central African Republic (CAR), Congo (D. R.), and Sudan.

JJ Messner, the co-director of the Fragile States Index said that the main reasons South Sudan tops the list of weak and failing states are fractured leadership, chronic instability, and the growing ethnic nature of the violence in the country, according to the BBC.

The report signifies that the young republic has serious problems that need immediate solutions and that it could collapse.

South Sudan has a history of ethnic rivalry, social barriers, among others.

Juba panics as Kampala distances itself from the alleged coup plot

Juba, June 13, 2014 (SSNA) -- The government of the Republic of South Sudan is caught off guard and alarmed by the recent disclosure by the Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni, who publicly admitted in a closed-door IGAD meeting in Ethiopia that there was no coup and that the nearly six months old conflict was in fact caused by fighting between different units of presidential guards.

The admission by Juba’s main backer, Kampala, sends shockwaves across the young nation and Diaspora, leaving Juba’s political elites with few options, if there is any, to defend the alleged coup.

The South Sudan News Agency has obtained a leaked memo sent from the office of president Kiir to his inner circle.

In the memorandum, president Kiir praises Museveni for standing with him in what he called “difficult time”. However, Kiir, who is alarmed by Museveni's admission, cautiously complains and wonders as to why Museveni decided not to discuss the matter with him before announcing it.

“President Museveni is the only leader who defends this government. He is a true friend to me and my government”, Kiir said in the memo.

“The president of Uganda acted in the IGAD meeting without consulting me. An urgent meeting needs to be held as soon as possible. I warn you not to talk against him [Museveni] or his government in the media”, the memo reads in part.

Nevertheless, president Kiir is hopeful, asserting that he had a good talk with his Ugandan counterpart, Museveni.

“I talked to him yesterday [Wednesday] and he promised me that I should not worry about what he said in the IGAD-meeting”, the memo added.

Fighting erupted in Juba late last year between different units of presidential guards after months of political crisis among senior leaders of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) party.

Kiir accuses his main-rival, Former South Sudanese Vice president Dr. Riek Machar, of planning a coup, Machar denies the allegation saying Kiir designed the alleged coup in an attempt to get rid of his political adversaries. The alleged claim of a coup has been rejected by regional leaders, the African Union, and western powers, leaving Kiir to rely on Museveni.

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