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SPLA says ceasefire deal used as pretext to launch attacks on troops

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May 14, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan has alleged that a recently signed ceasefire deal is being used as a pretext by rebels to organise attacks on government troop positions, warning there will be consequences.

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South Sudanese army (SPLA) spokesperson Col. Philip Aguer says rebels are using the ceasefire deal to launch attacks on government positions (AP)

South Sudanese army (SPLA) spokesperson Col. Philip Aguer says the army has lodged a complaint with monitors from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, the East African regional bloc mediating the peace process, following multiple attacks on government positions in Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states on Tuesday and Wednesday.

In an address to the heads of foreign missions, Aguer, who was flanked by the minister for foreign affairs, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, said the matter had been brought to the attention of mediators.

“We believe the monitors will be able to monitor the areas where the violations are taking place, he said.

“We will not allow this ceasefire to be used by rebels to continue moving [and] continue attacking our positions,” he added.

On 9 May, South Sudan president Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar recommitted themselves to a January ceasefire deal that has so far failed to halt violence on the ground, signing a fresh peace pact in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, in the presence of mediators.

The signing followed a meeting between the rival leaders brokered by IGAD – their first since political tensions erupted in violence in mid-December last year.

The signing of the agreement had raised hopes for a peaceful resolution to the almost five-month-old conflict, which erupted after political tensions turned violent.

However, despite the renewed agreement violence has continued, with both sides accusing each other of violating its terms.

Earlier this week, Machar’s rebel group also lodged a formal complaint with IGAD over the government’s alleged violations of the newly signed deal.

Following his return from Ethiopia, Kiir said he had instructed soldiers under his command to remain in their current positions and not engage militarily with pro-Machar forces.

However, rebels claim the government retook Unity state capital Bentiu on Monday in violation of the ceasefire deal.

CALLS FOR DIPLOMATIC PRESSURE

Meanwhile, Marial said the attacks on government positions in Unity state and Jonglei’s Ayod county, a military outpost 30km south of Renk in Upper Nile represents lack of commitment to by rebel forces.

“If rebels attacked a town which is not supposed to be under them, it is the right of the government to protect that town, protect its citizens, which is the constitutional authority,” said Marial, referring to towns under government control when the ceasefire came into effect on Saturday.

“This is interpreted as if the two sides are violating and that is why I think it is very important to recognise what the mandate of any government is with regards to running a country,” he said in a briefing to diplomats opened to the press.

He reiterated the government’s commitment to abide by the peace agreement, calling on the UN and the wider international community to pressure rebels to respect the truce.

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  • 15 May 09:04, by Jalaby

    I told you that fragile agreement between Kiir-Machar can’t survive for long because it was cooked by Americans in American kitchen and never intersects with South Sudan menu food, Junobean have no appetite to American food like Burgers and hot dog!
    Kiir-Machar were forced to sign the deal despite it doesn’t address the root cause of the problem, Americans just wanted

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    • 15 May 09:12, by Jalaby

      to stop this war for the sake of ending the criticism that Obama administration is facing inside US, they want to end this noisy and concentrate on the Russian bear who is posing real threat to them and might survive the old Soviet Union state!
      Kiir-Machar signed that agreement while the American sword of punishment was put on their necks!
      It doesn’t work that way!

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  • 15 May 10:45, by Gabriel Ajak

    You r wrong n out of point bro Jalaby not because of an American deal against any party between the two that will not effective the agreement mark me right,the problem is Dr. Riek have no forces because Gatdet, Tanginya n many others were out while Riek serving as a vice P in the RSS so the whole nuer youth were getting chance of looting they r not under Riek they don’t know about ceasefire.

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    • 15 May 16:17, by Bentiu Sudan

      Gabriel,
      You are a liar. All the Opposition forces are all under Dr. Machar command and operate under his command. The South Sudan army forces and mercenaries armies are the one breaking ceasefire. For example, the ceasefire was signed on 9 May, the SPLA-N, JEM, Egyptian Forces and South Sudan army took Rubkotna from the Rebels on 10 May and retook Bentiu on 12 May. Now who break the ceasefire?

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      • 15 May 16:28, by Bentiu Sudan

        All the mercenaries army such as Uganda, Egypt, JEM, SPLA-N operate under different commanders. Uganda army listen to only what Uganda government say, Egypt army operate under Egypt government, JEM, and SPLA-N operate under their own commanders that are not ruled by Kiir. Kiir has no control over these mercenaries fighters at all.

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        • 15 May 21:25, by Rommel

          Bentiu Sudan:
          Look, the SPLA was initially unable to take control of Bentiu town when it was repulsed, but it was able to take and maintain control of Rubkona on May 4th. The rebels then gave the army a 12 hour ultimatum to vacate Rubkona [hours before the ’ceasefire’ was signed]. The rebels said this: "Failure to comply with our order will lead to imminent attacks on them."

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          • 15 May 21:31, by Rommel

            And how can you speak of a ’ceasefire’ on the 9th when your own spokesman said that the rebel leadership didn’t give its fighters directives with regards to the ’ceasefire on the 10th!? Lul Ruai, spokesman of the SPLA-in-Opposition (SPLA-IO), said their forces on the ground still did not receive any directives from the opposition leadership on Saturday [May 10]

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