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South Sudan urges immediate deployment of ceasefire monitors

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January 29, 2014 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s government has urged the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a regional bloc presently mediating peace talks between the two rivals, to immediately deploy military experts to monitor ceasefire arrangements.

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South Sudanese army soldiers sit on a pick up truck during a patrol in Malakal on 21 January 2014 (Photo: AFP/Harrison Ngethi)

South Sudan’s chief negotiator, Nhial Deng Nhial, said he had predicted that the ceasefire would not be complied with because the other side, rebel SPLM/A In Opposition, does not have direct command on its fighters in the ground.

"Even when we signed the ceasefire agreement in Addis Ababa, there was a feeling that it would not be complied with because of the belief that the other side does not have direct command of all the forces currently involved in the fighting", Nhial said.

The top negotiator further said the deployment of monitors is crucial to enforce the truce and to make it effective as the two parties trade accusations of violating the cessation of hostilities deal signed on 23 January.

"For the ceasefire to be effected, the IGAD member countries which are involved in the mediation, should expedite the process of the Joint Technical Committee (JTC) with the deployment of monitors”, Nhial told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday

He further said military teams representing the two sides would soon return to the venue of negotiation so that they participate in the discussions aimed at forming JTC which would be tasked with all military activities, specifically those relating to the verification and monitoring process of the truce.

After the signing of the cessation of hostilities, the mediators said they would work from 24 January to 7 February on the set up of the various mechanisms needed to implement the truce such as the JTC and the Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (MCM).

Meanwhile, South Sudan’s information minister, Michael Makeui Lueth, claimed at a separate news briefing on Tuesday that rebels have continued to violate the deal by carrying out multiple attacks in various places in the states of Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity.

"The rebel forces of renegade Riek Machar are still carrying out atrocities. They are still continuing with the attacks and the killing of innocent civilians now in the state of Jonglei, Upper Nile and unity. This is a clear violation of the ceasefire agreement which their leaders have signed with us", Lueth said in a statement broadcast by the state-owned South Sudan Television (SSTV) on Tuesday.

He did not name specific areas where the alleged attack was carried out by the rebels, and Sudan Tribune was unable to independently verify.

However, military sources in Jonglei State claimed on Wednesday that government troops clashed with the rebel elements at about 12 kilometres east of Bor town.

"Some of our forces who went for reconnaissance met and exchanged fire with the rebel elements yesterday, resulting to the injury of some of our comrades after inflicting heavy lost on the attackers’ side", a senior military officer in Bor told Sudan Tribune on the condition of anonymity.

REBEL FIGHTERS RETURNING

Colonel Philip Aguer, spokesperson of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), confirmed clashes between government troops and SPLM/A In Opposition rebels in Jonglei and Upper Nile states.

"The rebels have never stopped carrying out attacks on the positions of our forces in Jonglei and Upper Nile", Aguer said on Wednesday without elaborating on the details of the military engagements between the two sides since the cessation of hostilities was signed.

The SPLA officer said he did not receive any report about military engagements in Unity State capital, Bentiu and its environs since the beginning of the week.

"It has been quiet in Unity state. There has been no report of fighting there. Our forces are in full control of the general security situation and are now receiving back of some of rebels fighters. They have now received significant number", Aguer said without giving exact number of those rebel fighters who have returned to the fold of the government troops in the area.

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  • 30 January 08:12, by omoni jr.

    Dinka gov’t is a big joke.

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    • 30 January 08:14, by omoni jr.

      we need all wrongly deainees to be freed as soon as possible, like it or not. There will be no peace in this jungle if Dinka regime keep uttering nonsense against SPLM heroes.

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    • 30 January 08:26, by Johndumo14

      Reward.
      3 farmers in the 3 states ,bor,malakal,bentiu are offering
      a reward of to tatal of 75 cows 50 goats,and 4 donkeys for any soldier who shot the first bullet to kill or woundimg Dr Riel Machar.This man has cause us misery ,loss of thousands of cattle,ditructions of properties,death of our loved ones,
      those who are still alive will start from zero (o)

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      • 30 January 08:49, by omoni jr.

        Johndumo 14.
        you are just a drunk jenge, nobody will take you seriously anyway. We Equatorians are more civilized than you, we dont believes in cows,donkeys and goats.
        Cows heads are the one mastermind the genocide in juba on december 15,2013. Because the president think and act like cow,with big and empty brain.

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      • 30 January 09:09, by Garang Deng

        Johndumo14
        Just wait for date 28/02/2014 Kiir Gov,t we be like Mahamer Gedaffi Gov,t If u are Kiir supporter plse take one stepp now to be Dr machar Supporter.
        world are waiting for release of four politician leader Dr,Majack, Pagan Amum etc
        Thing will be change very soon dear.

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  • 30 January 16:08, by Marco Bul

    Garang Deng.
    What about your imminent match to Juba that was announced by Mohammad Adow on Al Jazeera last month?? Have you run??

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