NewsEast & Horn AfricaEthiopia dismisses South Sudan rebel support claims

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Posted on Wednesday, 30 July 2014 14:47

Ethiopia dismisses South Sudan rebel support claims

By Beyene Geda

Ethiopia has dismissed charges that it is providing any support to South Sudan rebels.

The rebuttal followed claims that the rebels were either receiving support from Ethiopia or using the country's territory to launch attacks in South Sudan.

as the closest friend to the people of South Sudan, Ethiopia is doing its level best to bring lasting peace in south Sudan

A South Sudan army official Gordon Buay last week accused Ethiopia of providing medical treatment to wounded opposition fighters in Gambella Regional State.

He claimed that over 50 wounded rebels were being treated in Gambella.

Buay urged the Ethiopian government to respect a border security agreement signed with Juba in 2010.

But Ethiopia's Foreign Affairs spokesperson Dina Mufti said the country was not partisan to any of the warring parties in South Sudan.

In a statement Mufti said Ethiopia would continue to extend support aimed at finding a political solution to the seven month-old conflict in South Sudan.

"As a chair of IGAD (a regional block) and as the closest friend to the people of South Sudan, Ethiopia is doing its level best to bring lasting peace in south Sudan," Mufti said.

He said Ethiopia was only providing the necessary assistance to any South Sudanese refugees crossing into its borders irrespective of their political position on humanitarian grounds.

Ethiopia is host to the biggest South Sudanese refugee population and most of them are being assisted in Gambella and Benishangul‐Gumuz regional states.

Since the conflict broke out in mid‐December, 2013, over 412,000 refugees have fled to neighbouring countries and of that number 176,000 were said to be in Ethiopia by mid-July.



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