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South Sudan armed opposition accuses government of further ceasefire violations


September 21, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudanese armed opposition faction led by former vice-president and first vice-president designate, Riek Machar, has accused forces loyal to president Salva Kiir of committing further violations to the permanent ceasefire deal they signed in August to end the 20-month long civil war in the country.

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Soldiers from the South Sudanese army (SPLA) at Jonglei’s Bor airport in January 2014 (AFP)

Opposition leader’s press secretary, James Gatdet Dak, on Monday said government troops attacked opposition-held territories and civilian settlements including Thoonyor in Leer county of the oil-rich Unity state.

“Soldiers of Salva Kiir have continued to attack our bases in a clear violation of the ceasefire. They attacked areas in Leer county in Unity state including Thoonyor payam, displacing civilians in the area,” Dak said in a statement on Monday.

He however said government forces were repulsed, but declined to provide details of casualties.

Dak also said fighting had been going on in Western Equatoria state in Mundri and Maridi counties, further accusing the government of launching offensive against their bases and civilian settlements.

President Kiir and opposition leader, Machar, signed a peace agreement in August and instructed their forces to stop fighting in observing the ceasefire.

Senior officers from the rival parties have held a week-long workshop in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on the ceasefire deal and security arrangements, but could not agree on the size and composition of forces and joint integrated police that should remain or be deployed in the national capital, Juba.

Dak blamed the government for the failure to strike a deal, saying the Juba’s suggested size of the force in the capital was contrary to the provision in the peace deal.

“The peace agreement clearly provides for demilitarization of Juba and other state capitals. However, the government demands an army division or brigades to be stationed in the capital. This is contrary to the security arrangements provision,” he said.

“The agreement talks of demilitarization, but the regime wants even more forces in the capital,” he added.

He said the opposition wanted a small size of joint integrated police of all categories and armed forces to guide the presidency, barracks, bases and warehouses in the capital.

Observers said the government has taken advantage of the loopholes in the IGAD Plus compromise peace agreement which failed to determine the size and composition of such forces as part of the signed document.

It is not clear when the parties will resume the workshop so as to agree on the security arrangements or whether IGAD mediation will try to come in and impose another compromise, as the implementation of the agreement will likely run behind the schedule.


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  • 22 September 2015 09:30, by Malakal county Simon

    As the gangs government in Juba constantly attacking the opposition bases, it is a clear signal that the gangs government in Juba it’s either not committed to the signed peace, or not in control of their dispersed forces......

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    • 22 September 2015 11:09, by Rami Tot

      Terrorist government of Salva Kiir can’t control its ganges anymore their thought is for resumption of war and continue terrorising the south sudan citizenshttps://radiotamazuj.org/en/article/population-terrorized-spla-wonduruba
      but i believe they will pay dearely to the crimes they committed because their military power is diminishing anyway.

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      • 22 September 2015 16:30, by Redeemer

        Mr. Dak, try to revisit the history, Riek will waste you the way he wasted Dr. Lam Akol, which area here in Central Equatoria you are controlling. I like to inform you that you have lost your career, how can you waste the wisdom and education you have just to defend a a man known to be the father of tribalism in the country

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