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Rebels accuse Juba of violating SOMA agreement

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June 22, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudanese rebels led by the ex-deputy president, Riek Machar, have accused Salva Kiir’s government of allegedly violating the Status Mission Agreement (SOMA) after two officers representing the rebels were prevented from flying to the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Saturday to attend a training.

The military spokesperson for the rebels, Brig Lul Ruai Koang in a press release he issued on Sunday said the two officers, Col. Gathon Jual and Col. Daniel Gatbel, were detained at Juba airport, their passports confiscated and threatened for unspecified action against them.

The two officers are part of the joint Monitoring and Verification Team (MVT) in South Sudan and based in Juba to represent the rebels. They are assigned to Bentiu and Malakal, respectively, to monitor the implementation of the cessation of hostilities agreement signed between the SPLM/A in Opposition and the government.

Koang explained that their travel to Addis Ababa was organized by the chairperson of the MVT to attend the training.

“Preventing them from leaving for Addis Ababa where they were due to attend training on Monitoring Process contravened and contradicted government’s own acceptance of the establishment of the mission with the understanding that the MVTs will conduct verification under the guidance of the JTC through on-site monitoring and in accordance with the CoH,” Koang said in a statement.

The two officers, he said, were released by the security operatives at the airport only after the intervention of the MVT chairperson.

“In the light of uncalled for, unwarranted harassment and unnecessary security threats on the lives of our officers, the Military Leadership of SPLA (Opposition) calls upon IGAD to put more pressure on Kiir’s regime to implement all aspects of SOMA in good faith before the movement takes unilateral measures to ensure the safety of its members,” he warned.

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  • 23 June 2014 12:19, by Chol A.

    Dr hopeless is really stupid, if you not absent minded you do not have to talk of the rebel officers being detained in Juba while it the same government you have against to change! These guys are lucky to be threat they could have been put in prison because they are rebels! Can you imagine how Kiir value the life of his citizen because you can not just detain rebels without being prison!.

  • 23 June 2014 16:03, by barbayo

    look militian they gainst governmentand they are with government

  • 23 June 2014 16:10, by Tong dut

    Why not to kill that stupid dinka? a dead dinka is a good one and dont trust a dead one burn it before bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb

    To day here I got south sudan security car 2020 with four stollen land cruser going to Warrap state. Every things is over fromjuba to dinka Land as they knew it, kingdon of dinkas has died with their stupid president.



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