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South Sudan accuses rebels of reneging on ceasefire matrix


August 28, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan government said that rebels withdrew signature from the matrix for cessation of hostilities agreement signed early this week in a move that will hinder delivery of humanitarian assistance .

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South Sudanese information minister Michael Makuei Lueth attends a press conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 5 January 2014 (Photo: AP/Elias Asmara)

Information minister Michael Makuei Lueth on Thursday told reporters in Juba that the opposition decision renders ceasefire agreement ineffective.

“This matrix is the only way to operationalise the cessation of hostilities [agreement] and without it, definitely we will not even be in a position to open up the humanitarian corridors […] to render humanitarian services to our people who are badly in need of these services,” said Makuei.

“They (rebels) have withdrawn their signature from that document and as such there is no cessation of hostilities,” he added.

However, rebel leader’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, dismissed the government’s claim as misleading.

“The information coming from the government is misleading. What we signed was a rededication to the existing cessation of hostilities agreement which the two parties signed since 23 January and recommitted to on 9 May,” Dak told Sudan Tribune.

He accused the government of not implementing the cessation of hostilities agreement by withdrawing foreign troops as stipulated in the document, saying the SPLM in Opposition would not sign the matrix without implementation of the clause.

“On our part we want the government to withdraw Ugandan troops and Sudanese rebel groups before we would sign a matrix on ceasefire. This is clear to the mediators and should have been clear to the regime in Juba,” he added.

The two warring parties have been accusing each other of violating the agreement on cessation of hostilities for the past eight months of the conflict.

The agreement called for withdrawal of all foreign forces from South Sudan, but the government refused to withdraw the Ugandan troops until an alternative regional force take charge.

Ugandan forces were deployed days after the conflict erupted in mid-December. They successfully stopped the rebel forces that captured Jonglei state’s capital Bor and were advancing toward the national capital, Juba.

Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) mediating the South Sudanese warring parties postponed the negotiation to mid-September to give time for more consultations.


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  • 29 August 2014 02:04, by padiit gaga

    This president should not removed foriegns troops because he has no army all SPLA armies defect to opposition because this president is not qualify to lead the nation only village his mind shallow.

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    • 29 August 2014 06:24, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      It’s now upon the leadership of rebels to choose peace and/or continue
      pressurizing suffering on their own people for the sake of power

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      • 29 August 2014 07:22, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        The activation of the three warzones will make them run back to the venue for resigning, they are dragging their feet because the security is weak and is not able to take out the rebels’ commanders.

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    • 29 August 2014 06:27, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      now upon the leadership of rebels to choose peace and/or continue
      pressurizing suffering on their own people for the sake of power

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    • 29 August 2014 14:04, by Daniel Deng Monyde

      You need to respect H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir who has greatly sacrificed the whole of his life, right from Anyanya One when he was still a young man, for the cause of the people of South Sudan, not because he wanted to become President but because of patriotism. Not like Riak who has always been a traitor, selfishly struggling for power at the expense of innocent lives of the people of South Sudan.

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      • 29 August 2014 18:45, by padiit gaga

        No body will respect t drunker he spoil his credid every body was in movement even Riek instead of this blind president he must not lead s.suda. otherwise s.Sudan will be like Somalia.

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  • 29 August 2014 05:57, by Snipper

    Nuer community will continue to suffer out of their own ignorance. How do they think?

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  • 29 August 2014 06:29, by wang

    They suffering from Ugandan govt hands, not from your coward community (Jaang/slaves), but we managed it to rebound back from that….so stop pretending to be carrying about the Nuer suffering….

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    • 29 August 2014 09:13, by Frak Cho

      When you insult you listen to your own insult because insult is like a mirror. Whenever word you use for insult, it also reflects your "image"remember, Dinkas have not yet accepted your drum which you people as Dinkas and Nuers war. Please check your IQ.

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  • 29 August 2014 17:06, by Kim Deng

    The two waring parties did not sign ceasfire as Mr. Slava’s disciples assume.

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  • 29 August 2014 21:02, by Kim Deng

    It’s never been too late for the Mighty Nuer Warriors to declare the Greater Upper Nile (from Ruweng to Mading Bor, and from Renk to Buma-Gambella) as their Empire.

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