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Peace partners agree to establish 25 cantonment sites

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SPLA-IO Chairperson of National Committee for Defence and Security Cde Angelina Teny speaks to the media in Juba on 20 Dec 2018 (ST Photo)
February 4, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - The South Sudanese peace partners agreed to establish 25 cantonment sites for the opposition groups in line with the implementation of the security arrangements, a milestone of the revitalized peace agreement.

The parties to the peace pact had to disengage troops and achieve assembly and cantonment of forces within 30 days of the signing of the peace agreement.

However, the measure was delayed for 4 months for financial and technical reasons, as important details in this difficult process were left to the parties themselves to negotiate.

Further, The peace’ sponsors particularly the Troika countries said Juba had to assume the costly enforcement of this process to prove its commitment to the peace agreement and encourage them to fund the remaining matters.

The decision of the 25 cantonment site was made by the Joint Defence Board (JDB), which commands over all forces during the pre-transitional period, in a meeting held in Juba on Sunday 3 February.

"The peace partners agreed unanimously to establish 25 cantonment sites for all oppositions. Present in the meeting were members of the JDB, JTSC, JMCC, SDSR and the Observers," said Lam Paul Gabriel SPLA-IO Deputy Spokesperson.

"The remaining 15 Cantonment sites will be established in the second phase to make a total of 40 sites. Each cantonment sites will have a maximum of 3,750 combatants and a minimum of not less than a force of a battalion," Gabriel further said.

He further pointed that JDB will soon give directives to all forces to report to the nearest cantonment sites and barracks before to begin the joint training in order to merge government and former rebel fighters in a unified South Sudanese army.

On Monday, the head of the ceasefire and security arrangements mechanism (CTSAMVM) Desta Abiche Ageno said concerned by the lack of formal disengagement of troops in South Sudan four months after the signing of the peace agreement.

"We are particularly concerned about the situation in southern Unity State, especially around Leer and Rubkuay," he said during a regular meeting of the mechanism in Juba.

He further expressed hope that the successful disengagement in the areas of Bentiu and Maridi can serve as an example and bee applied throughout South Sudan.

(ST)

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  • 5 February 11:23, by Kush Natives

    The cantonment must take place, so, the forces are trained and integrated into SSPDF ahead of the peace implementation. Those are still optimistic about the commitment must give peace a chance. The people of South Sudan are for peace, except few holdout group or NAS-TC in particular.

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    • 5 February 11:28, by Kush Natives

      - let it be done before the rainy season start, so that the farmers resume their cultivation activities. 2019 must be declared as a year of hungry free year. Peace is already here!

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    • 5 February 11:29, by Eastern

      Kush Natives,

      Those Cantonment Sites are technically FEEDING CENTRES for the emeciated and dying mathiang anyoors! Following what Kiir observed at the parade in Bilpam, he now HAS NO OBJECTIONS for setting up of cantonment sites ANYWHERE...! As long as that will bring rice, beans and maize floor quickly to dying soldiers, be it! NAS is out of this cheap game!

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      • 5 February 11:47, by Kush Natives

        Eastern,
        Yeah, I understood you, we’ll be it. Be prepared for the 🏃 and hide! After all the cantonment is done, the next move is to clean up the jungles, no more messing up with our natural resources, 🐀 and 🐵 are the country’s resources. All 🐀 and 🐵 hunters must have a license to hunt or else, you be declared as a criminal.

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        • 5 February 11:54, by Eastern

          Kush Natives,

          Why do you wait to launch the BLITZKRIEG after being fed on free rice, beans and maize? The fight is already on in Amadi as I write!

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        • 5 February 20:26, by The Rhino

          Bush Natives,

          We are hunting stinking rats with two legs in Equatoria.These are malnourished wicked jienge forces/MTNs.Your tribal forces are out of money,food and strength,now they’re pushing for the establishment of feeding centers(cantonment sites) so that at least they can get decent meals and don’t starve.Question,do you have any money to finance all that?Get this,you occupiers will never...

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          • 5 February 20:33, by The Rhino

            Bush Natives,

            ...have it easy in our Equatoria!We’ll guarantee to take you on slow waltz through hell! Its Kokora,Federalism or death,full stop!

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  • 5 February 19:41, by lino

    Wow!!! By the time of implementation, SPLA-IO will be 40 site x 3750 soldiers = 150,000.00 which is alone a size of a country’s army without adding holdout groups yet and Kiir’s Forces!!!!
    Where the government will get money to feed all before we talk about salaries!!!

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    • 6 February 01:42, by Kush Natives

      Lino,
      150k is high for rebel alone, if you know the military system. A country of 14 million can not exceed such number, let alone rebel. Those cantonments will combine. Let me know if you need more information.

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