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South Sudan army continues border recruitment

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May 8, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s army (SPLA) on Tuesday said passed out 830 recruits who underwent intensive basic military training at a military base in Mapel, Western Bahr el Ghazal State, which borders Sudan, as mobilisation of young men into the army continues.

Both North and South Sudan launched recruitment campaigns in March as border skirmishes and tension of oil and other issues escalated into what some analysts described as all-out-war in April over the Heglig oil region which is claimed by both sides.

The new recruits to the SPLA vowed allegiance to defend the young nation’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and were told to “never compromise” by General Pieng Deng Kuol, Deputy Chief of General Staff for Administration.

The border conflict and the SPLA’s ten-day occupation of Heglig had been a test of South Sudan’s military strength, Kuol said.

The Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) "can now attest if they are honest with themselves your competence to defend territorial integrity of this country”, General Pieng told the new batch of recruits and members of militia groups being integrated into the country’s army.

Mapel is one of the military training centres where the army is currently engaged in orientation and transformation programs aiming at turning the former rebel movement into conventional army.

Kuol repeated South Sudan’s position that it withdrew from Heglig - known as Panthou in the South - voluntarily in response to international pressure and condemnation.

He said “your colleagues in Panthou were withdrawn because the government was under pressure from the international community. We withdrew because our cabinet had agreed and as an army we responded”, he said.

Khartoum, however, claim that SAF forced the SPLA out of the area by forced inflicting a loss of over 1,000 men.

Military sources told Sudan Tribune that most of the newly trained soldiers would be deployed to the tense border with Sudan.

Kuol congratulated the young men and women for passing the eight-month programme, which included weapons training, field craft, tactics, intelligence, and peacekeeping operations, amongst others.

“The reward lies mainly in the honour, pride and satisfaction associated with the sacrifice and selfless service that you would be rendering in defence of this country, the dignity of the lives of our people, and their properties,” he stated.

Kuol added that SPLA was striving to improve professionalism and develop, from the guerrilla rebel movement it is was in when the Comprehensive Peace Agreement was signed in 2005, into a national military.

The government would leave no stone unturned in ensuring better efficiency in the armed forces he said, including basing promotion on merit and "nothing else."

Kuol told the 830 new soldiers that serving the world’s youngest nation would be demanding and full of challenges, and impressed upon them that the military is a disciplined and structured institution where they are expected to always exhibit high moral and professional standards. SPLA soldiers are often accused of human rights abuses.

The senior SPLA figure reminded the new soldiers that the army was subordinate to civilian authority and urged them to nurture cordial civic relations in the areas they operate.

The ceremony, which was characterised by military songs, a parade and exhibition of various military skills and tactics culminated in a surprise award ceremony for outstanding recruits.

(ST)

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  • 9 May 2012 06:23, by zulu

    SPLA oyeeeee! Get ready for round 3 on Panthou because the mosquitoes are foolish to start another round of attacks. we believe

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    • 9 May 2012 06:35, by Kurnyel

      That recruitment will be defeated because it is the Riek Machar propaganda against the trusted Nation of Sudan

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      • 11 May 2012 08:00, by Ruach

        These youth were already trained nothing is new to them!They are experienced fighters that will supress the speed of Stupid Bashir and his associates

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  • 9 May 2012 06:35, by Sundayw

    Bravo to our new battalion! Our nation has nothing but respect and gratitude for your sacrifice in defense of freedom, dignity, and territorial recovery and protection. God Bless!

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    • 9 May 2012 06:50, by Kurnyel

      Huge death to SPLA

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      • 9 May 2012 07:14, by allan

        well done brothers and lets get ready for those hommesexuall arab this time we can fuck them wit our dick not gun anymore all they do is baking like dog

        GOD BLESS ROSS

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      • 9 May 2012 09:03, by G.star

        Kurnyel

        Read Isaiah 18 about the Sudans, and you will see the position of SPLA warriors, one day you will be chase away from khartoum by mighty SPLA, for you insisting that you are an Arab, this Land of Sudan is a Land of Black African tribes. you will be having no place in sudan in the future, wait, it is matter of time only.

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  • 9 May 2012 08:18, by dengtaath

    Wonderful,young men and women must take the future of this young nation in to their hands,we are neighbouring terrorists,3 quarter of our population must join the army, let us face the aggression of terrorists, we will previal by all means. Congratulations to new graduates!
    May God bless RSS!
    dengtaath

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  • 9 May 2012 11:22, by Deng Thiak Adut

    Why are we publicising our military activities or any business connected to us? Where is common sense approach for sake of secrecy? When will this army generals or these ill informed, ill-educated journalists ever be held accountable for foolish publication?

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    • 9 May 2012 15:26, by codewizards

      Deng, you are right. There is no need to publish such things at all. You will never hear about what Sudan is planning because it is not on the internet; why not us? This is not good. Our intelligences sometimes make themselves known to everyone even if they do not know who the person is! SPLA please stop this. Recruit and do not let the media steal information and leak it out like this.

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  • 9 May 2012 18:22, by mohammed ali

    Why don’t these theifs bring their families & children to fight?These are criminal who are going to send thousands of S.Sudanese to death, while their children are relaxed in their villas in Australia!Why don’t you who are fond of war comedown and fight for your country & pple.Or, you are just enjoying the looooooooted money of the poor, starving & marginalized pple of SS by your relatives!

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    • 10 May 2012 01:36, by Deng Thiak Adut

      Mohamed,
      Right, but please note that Australia is not a hidding place for South Sudanese. We got have higher purposes in Australia. We are better educated about our affairs than ever. Now, there is power shift, I will be damned if Sudan is survived within next 10 years or so. Even a blind Arabs men could see that South Sudan have fought successful Islamist including Bin Laden and you are defeated

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  • 10 May 2012 08:27, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    What are those interests? To occupy other people’s land in searcho of resources. Maiming and killing of indigenous citizens of the country, You must be lying to yourselves by doing so.

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