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S. Sudan army, rebels trade accusations over ceasefire violations


May 11, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA/JUBA) – The rebel SPLM-In-Opposition on Sunday accused South Sudan army (SPLA) of breaching Friday’s ceasefire agreement after it allegedly launched series of attacks on its Unity and Upper Nile states positions.

South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir (L), and rebel leader Riek Machar (R) shake hands and pray before signing a ceasefire agreement aimed at ending conflict in the country in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on 9 May 2014 (Photo: AP/Elias Asmare)

The rebel spokesperson, Lul Ruai Koang told Sudan Tribune that pro-government forces shelled their positions in Upper Nile state on Saturday evening.

He further said they repulsed an attack on Guit county, adding that the SPLA soldiers backed by Sudanese rebels are currently “in active combat for the control of Bentiu".

The SPLA spokesperson, Philip Aguer denied the accusation saying that that their forces were attacked in Unity state by forces loyal to rebel leader, Riek Machar.

“Our forces did not carry out any attack in Unity state. The rebels are still in control of Bentiu and they are the ones attacking our positions", he said in a statement broadcast by the state-owned SSTV on Saturday.

The army, Aguer stressed, would adhere to the provisions of the ceasefire agreement government signed with the opposition forces in Ethiopia on Friday.

The two warring parties on Friday recommitted themselves to a cessation of hostilities agreement signed on 23 January but never observed.


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  • 11 May 2014 14:08, by Jalaby

    First, Peter Gadet announced it from day 1 that he is not part of the agreement between Kiir-Machar of ceasefire, you can’t really skip Gadet!
    Second, this agreement of a transition government is American cooked and was never cooked in South Sudan kitchen therefore won’t address the root cause of the problem to find the real solution and likely to collapse soon!

    • 11 May 2014 14:14, by Jalaby

      Third, Americans threatened both:Kiir & Machar and imposed this agreement on them because this war has become US internal issue after the public opinions and US lobby organizations start to criticize Obama administration of not doing enough to stop this war and put responsibility on them for separating the south without offering it the necessary support!

      • 11 May 2014 14:20, by Jalaby

        Fourth, no details about the transition government, if transition government will require Kiir to step down as south Sudan president and someone else will take over then that means Kiir and his group have lost the war and Machar and his group have won the war and I doubt Kiir group will ever accept this deal especially they were insisting that Kiir is elected one,

        • 11 May 2014 14:24, by Jalaby

          in the other hand, if Kiir will still be the leader of the transition government then this will lead the situation back to square one again and Machar group will never accept it!
          Fifth, the agreement doesn’t talk about punishing those who set fire on civilians alive and killed them in a barbaric way, no accountability and the south blood is so cheap?!

          • 11 May 2014 14:26, by Jalaby

            Last but not least, Americans want to hire Pagan Amum as the south president, are you kidding us or what? this is so ridiculous!!

            • 11 May 2014 15:35, by Akol Liai Mager

              Jalaby’s message is clear that Ustaz Pagan Amum will work for the interests of South Sudan, not for Khartoum and this is what his anger and bitterness is all about. Like Americans, you are not a South Sudanese yourself to accept or reject a choice for interim government being Ustaz Amum or Edward Lino full stop. Americans have shown red card to two leaders, the best protectors of NIF’ interests.

              • 11 May 2014 18:21, by Toney Toney Matot

                Akol Liai Mager,
                bear in mind that America is a different country that managed its own Affairs and we can not interfered to choose their leaders for them. South Sudan is a sovereign country and has obligation to know who can led them.US can only mediate and convinced the two leaders to stop the War period.

            • 11 May 2014 18:19, by Rommel

              Oh my dear boy, you are an absolute hoot. Any prospective ’transitional government’ will quite simply have to be led by Salva Kiir, and recent military developments and dynamics demand it. The Americans have already recognised Salva Kiir as the ’legitimate’ President and have admonished those seeking to remove him by force.

            • 12 May 2014 09:27, by hamil

              Can i tell you how you sound? blah blah blah blah blah blah. That is what exactly how you sound nothing constructive will come out of you apart from hatred, jealousy, trolls envy and of course silly thoughts. Grow up and stop pretending you know everything or know more than the people who visit this website

      • 11 May 2014 21:01, by Tibs

        this evil was planted by the REAL EVIL ONES - the britishn, french, belgium and other evil colonial robbers. The perfect the divide and subdue tactic.

    • 11 May 2014 20:31, by chuol

      should again abuse mighty NUER warriors and thier braave and charismatic son Dr Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon, i will disclose your name and address!!!
      i DO RESPECT YOUR twi community!!!

      • 11 May 2014 20:55, by Rommel

        Go ahead, ’disclose’ my name and my ’address’. LOL! Pray tell, where do I live? Do you even know what country I live in!? Do insane asylums or places for the intellectually infirmed now offer you poor people access to the internet?

    • 12 May 2014 07:12, by mathem jech amer

      By the way your people in the north die in hundreds a day so it’s better solve your internal problems before jumping into South Sudan affairs, secondly, There is no aggreement on Interim Governemnet, it’s just a proposal, no terms yet, better you wait and see rather than useless comments.

  • 11 May 2014 14:38, by chuol

    Jalabi why dont you control your Darfur gangsters.. they are the ones helping cowards Dinka and their master museveni in the direct combat against Mighty NUER warriors

    • 11 May 2014 17:44, by Rommel

      You people seem to suffer from some kind of collective amnesia, but don’t worry, I’m here to help. You formed military alliances with Khartoum during the war; an alliance that targeted and absolutely devastated the Dinka!? Why is it that you people feel no shame for this!?

      • 11 May 2014 17:46, by Rommel

        I think I get get it now, the Nuer are entitled to establish military alliances with Khartoum... but you want to condemn the Dinka for establishing a military alliance with a State that actually didn’t murder millions of Southerners! Is that correct?

        • 11 May 2014 17:52, by Rommel

          The Arabs brought entire divisions to bear against the Dinka. The Arabs fought beside you. The Arabs fed you. The Arabs gave you weapons, ammunition and logistical support. Why are you people wholly unwilling to discuss your previous alliance with Khartoum!? You people are hypocrites!

          • 11 May 2014 17:54, by Rommel

            When Khartoum’s artillery guns and aircraft bombarded the Dinka for thirteen [13] years following your defection, operating in tandem with your militias on the ground... Was that not cowardice!? Well, wasn’t it!? Or do you suppose that you are entitled to an exemption from the demands of a moral code that you don’t actually prescribe to!?

            • 11 May 2014 17:57, by Rommel

              Allow me to cite for you the work of a historian:
              Throughout the fighting, not one war casualty was admitted to the Nasir hospital. Riek’s troops sat idle as Khartoum pushed back the Dinka. The results of Riek’’s sell-out to Khartoum could not have been more glaring. The Dinka suffered mightily. (Me Against My Brother: At War in Somalia, Sudan and Rwanda, Scott Peterson)

      • 11 May 2014 20:12, by chuol

        If people could fight in the media, i hope you would win it for sure. all the accusations you have said against the mighty NUER warriors who fear no one but GOD are baseless and unfounded. if i may ask you, are we really fighting Dinka or our sellout NUERS combined with JEM nad Mseveni forces?
        try to tell truths SO THAT YOU LIVE LONGER!!!

        • 11 May 2014 20:24, by Rommel

          These aren’t merely ’accusations’, you delusional, brain-dead, Ngundeng believing hick. I have provided facts, documented by impartial historians. The vast majority of the Nuer have defected, so don’t evoke the virtually inconsequential role played by the small handful that remain.

          • 11 May 2014 20:29, by Rommel

            During the war, didn’t one of your many ’prophets’ tell you that you would be resurrected upon dying on the battlefields? No other collective in South Sudan would believe such hogwash, but alas, you don’t want to give up your belief in Ngundeng and 21st Century ’prophets’.

  • 11 May 2014 19:46, by Kim Deng

    The Nuer underestimated the power of Dinka Kingdom. They (Nuer) thought the war would be between Nuer vs Dinka, but it becomes Nuer vs Dinka and their alies (60+ tribes, JEM, Uganda...). If it is between the Mighty Nuer Warriors and coward Jaang, it would have been over in December 2013.

    • 11 May 2014 20:02, by Rommel

      Kim Deng:
      You people are incredibly delusional. The other tribes in South Sudan have for the most part maintained neutrality. Pray tell, when you allied yourselves with Khartoum during the war did you win within the space of a month!? Or did our counterattacks penetrate deep into Uror, Akobo, Nyirol, Yuai and Ayod in 1991-2-3!?

      • 11 May 2014 20:06, by Rommel

        Temper your arrogance, child. Your head is in the clouds. What happened to the ’mighty’ Nuer ’warriors’ when mostly Dinka soldiers, under the command of Kuol Manyang defeated Riek’s troops in a large and unforgettable battle at Gut-Makur, a village just outside Mongalla!? Riek’s forces were then defeated at Wuor Baar...

        • 11 May 2014 20:11, by Rommel

          ...Our forces then entered Dinka territory at Gem, defeated all opposing forces in Nuer territory at Kuac Deng, with Riek’s forces experiencing defeat after being pursued, hounded and cut down as far as Uror, Akobo, Nyirol, Yuai and Ayod. Were the Ugandans there? Were JEM fighters present!? Were the other tribes in South Sudan helping us!? Remember you had the Equatorian defence force with you.

          • 11 May 2014 20:13, by Rommel

            Are you really going to pretend that your people did not establish and nurture military alliances with Khartoum during the war!? Do you recall the decades in which you defended oilfields on behalf of the Arab oligarchy... like dogs!?

            • 11 May 2014 20:16, by Rommel

              Do you recall how you were so desperately reliant upon their weapons, ammunition, supplies, logistical support and food relief? Do you recall the military engagements that you executed in tandem with Khartoum against us!? The Ugandans have thus far only provided and deployed three [3] to four [4] battalions in South Sudan, interspersed in Juba, Bor and Western and Eastern Equatoria...

              • 11 May 2014 20:17, by Rommel

                .. That’s a drop in the ocean when compared with what Khartoum did for you. The Dinka had to contend with an enemy [your erstwhile ally], that was well furnished with a palette of destructive weaponry and over 100, 000 men, accompanied by bombers, jets, and helicopter gunships...

                • 11 May 2014 20:18, by Rommel

                  .. And tens of thousands of aligned militiamen — the PDF and the Murahaleen, and tens of thousands of Khartoum compliant Nuer militiamen. I don’t want foreign intervention of any kind, but if you’re going to condemn people and bespatter them with smug charges of cowardice... know that we too can dredge up your documented history of forming alliances with Khartoum.

  • 11 May 2014 20:20, by Kim Deng

    When the Bristish fought your war against Mighty Nuer Warriors and killed Guek Ngundeng in 1800s, you (coward Dinka) call it your victory. When the Uganda army bombed the Mighty Nuer Warriors in Mangala, CE with "Cluster Bombs), you again call it your victory.

    • 11 May 2014 20:50, by Rommel

      Kim Deng:
      It’s funny that you seem to think that you can evade the documented truth by evoking events almost two centuries in the past. You can’t run away from the fact that you were Khartoum’s witless lackeys during the war. Do you think Khartoum didn’t use cluster bombs on us!? We suffered infinitely more at the hands of your masters then you’ll ever know.

  • 11 May 2014 20:20, by chuol

    Secondly: i and you know ourselves very well especially in 2012 we did a workshop together at JUBA REGENCY HOTEL!!
    It is good that you dont know me for my safety but for you it is very danger dear!!!!
    Take care!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 11 May 2014 20:38, by Rommel

      We were the majority in Koriom 1 and Koriom 2 during the war, and so I highly doubt that our brothers in Bahr el Ghazal have or would in all honesty ever consider us cowards. Do you think we’ve met!? LOL! Are you on drugs? I’ve never been to Juba. I don’t know what you’re sniffing exactly, but I can assure you it isn’t helping you one bit. When will you stop sniffing and start learning?

  • 11 May 2014 20:22, by Kim Deng

    In 1908-10, the British sought to end the Nuer occupation toward Dinkaland and established control over the area. A new border between the Nuer and Dinka was established at the favor of Dinka at Duk Padiet, fifty miles north of Kongor, and the Ghol, Ric, and Nyarraweng were awarded about four thousand aquare miles of territory they had previously lost during Nuer expansion.

  • 11 May 2014 20:23, by Kim Deng

    Although a substantial portion of this grant represented an uninhabited no-man’s-land between the Nuer and the Dinka, the Nuer were also required to relinquish territory under active occupation. The Nuer undoubtedly viewed the transfer as a government-sponsored Dinka invasion.

  • 11 May 2014 20:24, by Kim Deng

    Had the Nuer ever wished to occupy the whole greater Upper Nile, from Renk to Mading Bor and from Ruweng/Biemnom to Buma-Gambella, it seems unlikely that the other coward Jurs (Jaang, Teet, Bar, Chai…) could have stopped them.

    • 11 May 2014 21:05, by Rommel

      Kim Deng:
      I think I’ll talk to you when you finally leave the comforts of the 18th century. You’re like a descendant of the Medes [a Kurd] boasting to the descendants of the Persians about how they [the Medes] use to exercise hegemony over the Persians prior to the advent of Cyrus the great. Dynamics are as fluid as water my dear. Evoking the events of the 18th Century will not help you.

      • 12 May 2014 04:41, by dinkdong

        Congrats! You fought really hard. You silenced those internet campaigners.

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