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S. Sudan army releases 13 POWs captured from SPLA-IO

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December 8, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudanese army released 13 prisoners of war on Tuesday as a show of commitment to fully implement the peace agreement signed with the opposition faction of SPLM-IO led by former vice president, Riek Machar.

Speaking to journalists as the former SPLM in opposition combats were paraded before cameras, SPLA spokesman Colonel Philip Aguer said the release is in accordance with the army war principles.

“The SPLA, since the war of liberation (1983 – 2005) has been releasing prisoners of war and we have record with the International Red Cross Committee,” said Aguer.

The thirteen former fighters were captured in Upper Nile, Unity and Jonglei states.

Aguer did not say if there are more prisoners of war remaining in government’s cells.

“We are telling the people of South Sudan and the world at large that the SPLA is committed to peace and will implement it to the spirit and letter,” he said.

The release of prisoners of war comes just three days before an advance team of SPLM in opposition is due in Juba.

However, this comes at a time both sides continue to trade accusations for violations of ceasefire in other parts of the country.

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  • 9 December 2015 06:46, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Well done on the government side, but Machar needs to release the POWs. I hope they didn’t kill all POWs in their side like Khartoum government did during the war.

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  • 9 December 2015 08:01, by Augustino

    Not at all because of Nuer behaviours. Ajak Yen would have been a prisoner of war if Nuer have mercy.

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  • 9 December 2015 08:41, by Joseph Canada

    How about the 20,000 chocked and damped into the Nile before the 72 hours of signing of the Agreement on the 26th? Who are you fooling when you know very well that you cleared the 20,000 Prisoners that night from "white house"?
    You want an evidence? you will see the living witness whom God saved to testify for the horror. GOD KNOW YOUR SINS.

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