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S. Sudan army agrees to abide by ceasefire deal with rebels

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May 10, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan army (SPLA) on Saturday said it would abide by the terms of the ceasefire deal government signed with its rebels and advised the latter to comply with the same agreement.

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The South Sudanese army (SPLA) spokesperson, Phillip Aguer (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

“There is no question about respecting the ceasefire agreement. The SPLA is not known for violating agreements. It is not part of our culture. So we assure our people of our commitment to fully implement the ceasefire as instructed by the leadership of this country,” Phillip Aguer told reporters on Saturday.

“It should also be known that the SPLA as a national army takes orders from the president as the commander in chief of the army and all the other organised forces and whatever he says is implemented,” he added.

Aguer denied claims that the army attacked rebel forces in Unity state, saying the area has since been under their control after its recapture from the army last week.

“This is not true. Our forces did not carry out attack in Unity state. What happened is that it was they [rebels] who attempted to return to the area,but it was foiled,” he said.

The military officer was reacting to media reports, which quoted rebel officials saying government troops in Unity state’s Rukona county allegedly attacked rebel positions on Friday forcing them to retreat into the centre of the state capital, Bentiu.

This accusation a day after president Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar, signed ceasefire agreement, seeking to end the five-month conflict which has displaced more than a million people and claimed over 10,000 lives.

The security deal, the second attempt of its kind, came into effect on Saturday. It is intended to reinforce the previous pact, which both rivals signed in on 23 January. The deal collapsed within days as both sides traded accusations against the other.

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  • 11 May 08:56, by Jalaby

    Bad news!
    Peter Gadet declared that he is not part of this agreement between Kiir-Machar and he will not abide to ceasefire!

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    • 11 May 10:15, by Darkangel

      Hey Jalaby, did you hear the news - The americans want pagan president for interim government for 2 years. This is exactly what i said to these people when the fighting began - but they all laughed and were busy with Dinka/Nuer. Now the truth comes out - it was planned. Machar/Kiir Dinka/Nuer fooled to fight while the Americans put their man in power

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      • 11 May 11:33, by Bentiu son

        BREAKING NEWS
        Killer Salva Kiir’s Gelweng militias,non integrated Bapiny Monytuil militias SSLM/A and their bought mercenaries UPDF, JEM/SLM and SPLA-N had violated road map draft Agreement Salva Kiir and Dr Machar signed in Ethiopia capital Addis Ababa from day1 of it signature.Yesterday 10/5/2014 they attacked and occupied Rupkona County and today 11/5/2014 they launched too series attacks in

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        • 11 May 11:43, by Bentiu son

          attempt to capture Guit County in Unity State Bentiu.Hence, our gallantry SPLA in Opposition had repulsed badly the devil forces which composed of aliens whereby they had inflicted heavy causalities on men,military equipments and vehicles.NOW!It became clear that Salva’S genocidal regime is interesting in military solution rather than political settlement to current feudal/tribal/political conflic

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          • 11 May 11:53, by Bentiu son

            in the country.This is due to rigidity and contradictory of Juba brutal regime and present of foreign troops led by meddlesome Yower Mueseveni’s bloodily hands in South Sudan affairs through influence of Salva Kiir leadership which make it difficult for Salva Kiir to comply with orders issued by USA,UNSC and IGAD countries. Unless more pressure had been exerted into Salva Kiir n M7 nothing will ha

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            • 11 May 19:17, by Majongdit

              Bentiu son,
              You are good liar. You are a typical Nuer who are known for talking too much and knows nothing else. You belong to the last world. And you need not only come out of the village. Get the Bentiu village out of your mind. Don’t tell us anything about aliens you are telling us. You have used SAF, JANJAWEED, ERITREA AND SOME WELL PLACED PERSONNEL AND INSTITUTIONS.
              The world knows us!

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