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South Sudan’s warring parties trade accusations of hostilities


November 16, 2015 (BENTIU) – The two main warring parties in South Sudan’s conflict have accused each other of fresh violations in areas south west of Rubkotna county in oil-producing Unity state, despite the recent security deal reached in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

South Sudanese rebel troops loyal to former vice-president Riek Machar stand on guard in Unity state capital Bentiu on 12 January 2014 after recapturing the strategic town from government troops (Photo: Reuters)

This latest accusations, if confirmed, signify a serious setback to last month’s breakthrough in the security arrangement between the armed opposition faction (SPLA-IO) and President Salva Kiir’s government.

An armed opposition official told Sudan Tribune that pro-government forces attacked areas around Nhialdiu payam and parts of south and northern Unity state in violation of the peace deal.

“Since yesterday [Sunday] evening, pro-government were shelling our positions in various frontlines until this morning [Monday] when our gallant forces and local youths from Rubkotna responded in self-defence to overrun Nhialdiu,” Major Weirial Puok, the spokesperson for SPLM-IO said.

The said pro-government forces acted with instructions from Unity state’s caretaker governor, claims Sudan Tribune could not independently verify.

Puok said the armed opposition was committed to the security agreement and urged the Juba govermment to desist from acts of military aggression.

“It is very clear that the government is on violation. This mean that they do not value the peace agreement which has a few weeks left for its effective implementation,” he stressed.

Meanwhile, Unity state’s cabinet affairs minister also confirmed the clashes that occurred in Nhialdiu payam, but largely blamed the attack on the armed opposition forces.

“Yesterday [Sunday] there was actually an attack until today people are now fighting in Nhialdiu and that is a government control area. I report it officially to UN [United Nations] and I have informed the IGAD [Intergovernmental Authority on Development] to talk with the IO in their part and to verify the information correctly,” said Chuol Biel.

“And my message to the armed opposition is that they should observe and abide by the signed peace agreement,” added Biel, who is currently the acting caretaker governor.


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  • 17 November 2015 10:19, by chuol

    Congrats to SPLA-I O
    Nhialdiu is back to Guetna Leekna

    • 17 November 2015 11:23, by chuol

      Nguen Munytuil put the future of his clan Bul into disaster.
      I don’t think if they will step foot to Rubkotna County where Bentiu is located

      Now Robert Ruai will lead the State as governor and our head chiefs wouldn’t compromise the sellout made by Bul.

      Bul will be the most victims of this war due to their strong love of food and their precedent stupidity.

      Bul are unlucky because Gatdet defec

      • 17 November 2015 13:23, by Redeemer

        even if humans refused God will reward Bul, it is through Bul that the corridor of Unity State to Warrap and Abyei has remained open where the food come to the children and women who are caught in the middle of Kiir & Riek war, go to MSF in Agok and Alek you will know that neutrality of Bul in this war is worth

        • 17 November 2015 15:48, by chuol

          what neutrality did Bul do?

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