Sudan Accuses Uganda of Shipping Arms to Rebels

Published December 19th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Sudan on Tuesday accused Uganda of sending arms to the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) and of carrying out US policy by helping block Sudan's shot for a seat at the United Nations. 

Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Ismail accused Uganda of allowing non-government organizations (NGOs) unregistered with Sudan or with the UN to move arms and ammunition from Uganda to the rebels in southern Sudan. 

In his press conference, he also accused the Ugandan government of helping the SPLA recruit children from Sudanese refugee camps in Uganda. 

Ismail added the Ugandan government had failed to heed a call by the Ugandan parliament to stop assisting the SPLA. 

"The bilateral relations will improve only if the Ugandan government positively responds to this call," Ismail said. 

Ismail also charged that "Uganda implements the United States' strategy in the region," adding this was one of the reasons for the deterioration of relations between his country and Uganda. 

He cited as an example Uganda's opposition to Sudan's candidacy to the African seat in the UN Security Council, nominating Mozambique with US backing. The UN General Assembly settled on Mauritius in October. 

However, Ismail said he would take part in a meeting in Libya next January with his Libyan, Egyptian and Ugandan counterparts to discuss the prospects of normalizing the Sudanese-Ugandan ties under an initiative sponsored by the US-based Carter Center. 

Ismail meanwhile expressed the hope that the new US administration would assume an "even-handed" policy towards Khartoum and the SPLA. 

He said his government would continue dialogue with Washington in an attempt to "put it in the picture and make it understand the situation in Sudan." -- KHARTOUM (AFP) 

 

 

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