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S. Sudan’s SPLA controls Pagak but fighting continues in surrounding areas: UN


UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, El Ghassim Wane, briefs the Security Council on 24 August 2017 (UN photo)
August 24, 2017 (WASHINGTON) - A senior United Nations peacekeeping official Thursday told the UN Security Council that the government forces have controlled the rebel headquarters near the border with Ethiopia.

The statements put an end to the conflicting reports from the two warring sides in South Sudan as they both claim the control of Pagak since the 7th August when the government forces attacked the rebel stronghold of the border town.

UN Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, El Ghassim Wane, said the security situation in the Upper Nile region remains a source of "serious concern".

"While efforts by the SPLA to take Pagak, the SPLA-IO de facto headquarters, initially succeeded, fighting around Pagak and along the corridor to Mathiang continues and civilians in the area remain displaced including some flow of refugees to Ethiopia," Wane said.

He added that clashes resumed between the SPLA and the rebel SPLA-IO in Kaka, on the west bank of the Nile. Also, he said insecurity continues in Equatoria region where rebel fighters loyal to the former First Vice President fight against the government forces.

Such incidents directly affected the humanitarian operations to reach, in particular, the most vulnerable civilians who are dire need of assistance, he said.

Wane further disclosed that some progress had been reported in the negotiations related to the establishment of the South Sudan Hybrid Court, with the Government and the African Union Commission recently agreeing, on the technical level, to the text of its legal instruments.

South Sudanese Ambassador Akuei Bona Malwal (South Sudan) reiterated before the Security Council meeting that his government had not and never would hinder or impede access to any humanitarian organisation to civilians in the war-affected areas.
He commended the Government of Ethiopia for their prompt action to hold security meetings and discourage those who had sought refuge across the border from using it as a launching pad for attacks in South Sudan.

Regarding the Regional Protection Force, his Government had agreed to work closely with the United Nations, African Union and IGAD for the smooth implementation and operationalization of the mandate of those troops in South Sudan.

The 15-member body in a meeting chaired by the Egyptian ambassador was also briefed via video-conference by Nicholas Haysom, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Sudan and South Sudan, and Festus Mogae, Chairperson of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission.


Speaking about the revitalization process decided by the IGAD countries, Mogae recalled that peace forum had been established with three objectives: first, implementing the ceasefire agreement; second, overseeing the full and inclusive implementation of the Peace Agreement; and third, establishing a revised and realistic timeline for elections in South Sudan.

However, those outcomes were “not predetermined”, and it was up to the parties to commit to those goals, he stressed.

However, “we must speak with one voice” to the country’s leaders, put in place clear consequences for spoilers and secure adequate financing for the revitalization process, he added.


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  • 25 August 2017 00:45, by john locke

    I see kiir has yet to admit defeat yet. His soldiers are still on the bridge in jakow

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    • 25 August 2017 02:50, by Nairobimitot

      Kiir and Taban are still in control of Pagak. All the rebels have been chased away and scattered.

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    • 25 August 2017 04:18, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      How people are fooled .
      Kiir will never be defeat and how he has defeated.

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    • 25 August 2017 15:48, by Midit Mitot

      So what if SPLA-IG has controlled the small piece of land in Pagak? that is not the end of this civil war. Dr Machar is coming back to Juba soon, those who does not need him should hang themselves before his arrival.

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    • 25 August 2017 17:34, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Sorry John Locke, we, the SPLA commandos are here in Pagak. Machar and his supporters are defeated. Just accept the facts and surrender before taken as prisoners of war. Without reinforcements, fighting will cease soon. Just surrender or come back to Juba as defeated soldiers.

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  • 25 August 2017 02:55, by john locke

    Nairobi, only you would believe this story.. haha. I guess they control the brisge in jakow. Lol. Go ask the ethiopians about the soldiers from kiirs side who ran to ethiopian soldiers to surrender

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    • 25 August 2017 03:03, by Nairobimitot

      Kiir and Taban are in control. I just came back from Pagak, and all the government troops are in control and relaxing.

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      • 25 August 2017 03:41, by Malakal county Simon

        Lies you’re in Uganda not Pagak fool..... Otherwise, show us some photos that’s you have taken from Pagak if you’re not lying as you always wish......

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        • 25 August 2017 09:34, by South South

          Now the confirmation of Pagak being under control of South Sudan government came from third party, UN. Every rebel in this forum must shut up and put down their heads and walk away shamefully. No more games, this is what you have been asking for, you got it big, swallow it hard. jubaone can not ask more meaningless questions about who control Pagak, we have it big, it’s ours.

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          • 25 August 2017 14:13, by Free at Last Viva!

            South Sudan,
            Don’t laugh too much. The whole world know that South Sudan government is full of telling liars. Now, how could you believe the report as telling the truth while it is the SS UN representative to UN reporting to UN. This is not a UN report. UNHCR at the border will tell you the truth, just ask them. Your troops are negotiating their way out to Ethiopia as some of them has already don

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            • 25 August 2017 19:22, by South South

              Free at Last Viva!,

              Only God can come down on earth to confirm to us who is controlling Pagak, but the all world knows that IO is defeated, SPLA objectives are met, Pagak is liberated and Riek Machar forces ran to Ethiopia, that’s the fact.

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          • 25 August 2017 16:50, by Mi diit

            Incompetent Kiir and his ansars can win the battle but not the war. How many times had they attacked and captured SPLM /A I.O controlled areas but never materialized as per their wish of mass give up and surrender of the freedom fighters?

            Struggle continues!

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          • 25 August 2017 20:21, by jubaone

            South South,
            This is the work of Nuer nyagateen, jienges alone can’t do that cos they are cowards and wouldn’t dare to get that far in Nuerland. Congratulations anyway. Now get your jienge crap together and go rebuild Pagak instead of idling in Uganda or Kenya.Coward

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    • 25 August 2017 05:31, by Kush Natives

      John locke,
      You needs to be shame little bit, there’s no bridge in Jekou. When was it built? This is a U.N. report not us. Why keep denying everything? The government controls Jekou now, so come quick so that we finish you quick!

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      • 25 August 2017 14:29, by Free at Last Viva!

        Kush Natives,
        You don’t even know that a bridge was built at Jekow river?! you are right because it was not built by that fake government. God help these people! it is clear that your argument is based on the things you heard from Facebook. You don’t even have information from your people at Pagak, and how they are suffering? government control Jekow?! which Jekow while we are talking about Pagak?

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        • 25 August 2017 18:51, by Kush Natives

          Free at Last Viva,
          Let’s all be realistic here please, my inquiry into was when Jekou bridge was built? Because I have to Jekou several times, but I haven’t seen any bridge down there. I know only Kor- Machar, and there was no bridge by then. So where’s it, the bridge that you’re folks talking about? Also I have been to Pagak few times. Don’t take this argument hard on you please!

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    • 25 August 2017 09:54, by Nairobimitot

      John Locke
      E Jin Guan KayKa. Your rebels have been overrunning. We chased them away from Pagak. I just came back from Pagak a few days ago.

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  • 25 August 2017 03:12, by john locke

    Nairobi, dream on my brother.. while your3 at it tell nhial and bol to fight like men instead of running

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  • 25 August 2017 05:36, by john locke

    Nairobi and kush, go call youre commander nhial and governor bol who are stuck on the jekou bridge because they refused to surrender.. their soldier all crossed into ethiopia to be refugees. Who will fight us now? You? Will kiir and taban find money they dont have to pay you to fight us? Haha

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  • 25 August 2017 05:37, by john locke

    Nairobi and kush, go call youre commander nhial and governor bol who are stuck on the jekou bridge because they refused to surrender.. their soldier all crossed into ethiopia to be refugees. Who will fight us now? You? Will kiir and taban find money they dont have to pay you to fight us? Haha

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  • 25 August 2017 07:03, by lou nuer

    SOme of you are saying no Bridge in Jekou? What a mind set of Dinka is this. You denied something you never heard and never see. That ideology of yours will turn your image down for good and forever. WHat could link the Ethiopia and S.Sudan by commodity transported to Oil field area Paloch and so forth. Wait the next week what UN will report.

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