An unofficial South Sudan army spokesperson last week claimed Ethiopia was providing medical treatment to wounded opposition fighters in Gambella Regional State.

He said that over 50 wounded rebels are being treated in Gambella and appealed to the Ethiopian government to respect the border security agreement signed with Juba in 2010 and keep wounded rebels out of their territory.

Ambassador Dina Mufti said Ethiopia had never been involved with any of the conflicting parties in South Sudan. Instead he restated that Ethiopia would continue to extend support to obtain a political solution to the seven month-old conflict in South Sudan.

“As a chair of IGAD and as the closest friend to the people of South Sudan, Ethiopia is doing its level best to bring lasting peace in south Sudan”, he said

He said Ethiopia was only giving vital assistance to any South Sudanese refugees crossing into its borders regardless of their political position on humanitarian grounds.

Members of the SPLM-In-Opposition in Addis Ababa described any allegations that Ethiopia supported their struggle as “fabricated.”

Source: Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency