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South Sudan president orders army to comply with ceasefire agreement


December 23, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan President Salva Kiir has on Saturday directed the chief of defence staff to instruct all the heads of the state army divisions and units across the country to comply with the ceasefire agreement.

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President Salva Kiir addresses the nation at the South Sudan National Parliament in Juba, November 18, 2015. (Photo Reuters/Jok Solomon)

“I know you (SPLA) have always acted in self-defence but you now have to demonstrate the strength of an indomitable people, the sense of acting within the constitution and your duties to guard the constitution and protect lives and properties. The ceasefire agreement has been reached and the government is a signatory. You know to respect it and I want to start complying immediately. The division commanders have to get clear instructions about this,” said President Kiir.

The South Sudanese leader made the remarks on Saturday after receiving a briefing from the government delegation which travelled to the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, to participate in the IGAD-brokered revitalization forum.

The parties to the 2015 peace agreement converged this week in the Ethiopia capital to participate in the launch of the revitalization forum of the deal.

Kiir said the army has the right to fight back in self-defence and in pursuit of constitutional duties and functions if an attack by any of the forces identified in the ceasefire agreement.

His order comes 24 hours after a decision by the SPLM-IO leader Riek Machar who directed his troops to observe the humanitarian cessation of hostilities at midnight on Sunday 24, 2017.

However, SPLA-IO rebel commanders accused the South Sudanese army of carrying attacks on their positions in Bahr el Ghazal, Upper Nile and Equatoria on Friday morning.


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  • 23 December 2017 18:50, by Kush Natives

    Now the government and rebels accepted cessation of hostilities. Let’s all stop by now and give peace a chance to hold on in our country. No more flames languages needed at the moment, let’s put our influence on peace, so that it bear fruits. I hope rebels leader know the number of his army and where they’re located!

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  • 23 December 2017 23:18, by Sunday Junup

    I don’t see General Taban Deng ordering his force to comply with ceasefire. I hope he surrender his force to Kiir mayardit

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  • 23 December 2017 23:59, by William

    President don’t know what he’s talking about. S Sudan army never broke the cessation and hostilities. They don’t even have interest to fight this useless war. President just want to disappoint S Sudan army as he always does.

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    • 24 December 2017 03:27, by Kuch

      Anyway we are going to wait & see how the so-called troika countries & some of their lackeys in our IGAD are to deal with this bullshit. Every South Sudanese is pretty much aware that the rubbish being peddled on in the hotels, brothels & bars of Adis Ababa has nothing to do with South Sudanese people’s peace. But the same old bullshit where some criminals in the US, the UK, Norway>>>

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      • 24 December 2017 03:34, by Kuch

        their UN, their NGOs & some of their interested creeps like ethiopia have sabotaged our country & they are using some our traitors like Rebecca Nyandeng, Lam Akol, Thomas Cirilo & their so-called former detainees criminals that (the US, the UK, their UN, NGOs & their allies) are holding them hostage in foreign countries solely to use them as their blackmails & bargaining chips to crawl their evil>

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        • 24 December 2017 03:39, by Kuch

          selves into our country to come & loot it like what the evils had/are currently doing in DRC, CAR, Libya, Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan. The US, the UK, their UN, their UN, their NGOs & their allies are wasting their times & our times to be honest. The US & her allies have been told time & time again, that the South Sudanese people are way to well ahead of these cheap dirty intrigues the criminals>>>

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          • 24 December 2017 03:44, by Kuch

            are playing around in our country & against our people. The US & her allies are informed that it sometimes best to keep your long noses out of other people’s internal affairs to sort out theirs in their own ways. But US & her allies mentality of always poking their usual dirty long noses into other affairs had let them down in South Sudan this time around. The criminals were informed before hand>

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            • 24 December 2017 03:50, by Kuch

              that their usual regime change business often work for them in Middle East, West Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa or Latin America countries. But right here in our Nilotic plains, it no gonna happen under sun as far as we are concerned. The US, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their lackey creeps in our own IGAD would always take their rubbish to hotels, brothels & bars of Adis Ababa>

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              • 24 December 2017 03:55, by Kuch

                and go & draft their so-called South Sudanese peace & pushed onto the South Sudanese people to sign & implement the un implementable would always explode in their evil faces like their then 2015 so-called ARCISS or CPA II. Everyone knows, that the real South Sudanese people & stability is not going to come the hotels, brothels & bars of Adis Ababa by the diktats of evil corporate America, the UK>>

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                • 24 December 2017 04:00, by Kuch

                  their UN, their NGOs & some of their creepy lackeys like ethiopia. But here inside South Sudan & by the South Sudanese people & only South Sudanese people. But since there are some countries who think they created South Sudan & the South Sudanese people & that they are to be South Sudan’s overloads & South Sudanese people are to be their subjects & we have some of our South Sudanese traitors who>>

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                  • 24 December 2017 04:04, by Kuch

                    have sold their souls to the devils & they also want to Sell our country & our people at highest bidder to their foreign masters like Rebecca Nyandeng, Lam Akol, Riek Machar, Thomas Cirillo & the so-called former detainees----our country & our people are now being football played around by our enemies. And still we have a president & his bunch of cowards>>>

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                    • 24 December 2017 04:11, by Kuch

                      who have loosen the leash & they themselves are being bullied by the evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their UN & some of our neighbors with their damn threat sanctions, armed embargoes, travel bans & all. The some of these criminals countries that we can just walk over in a week or so should they let their balls carry them away with their US & Europeans masters>>>

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                      • 24 December 2017 04:17, by Kuch

                        The level ignorant with some of our South Sudanese citizenry is quite revolting. There are conflicts in Congo, Nothern Nigeria, central Africa republic (CAR), Darfur, Nuba Mts, Southern Blue Nile, Libya, Burundi, ethiopia, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan or Ukraine. But South Sudan’s conflict is where every hyena on the face of earth is more interested than other conflicts>>>

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                        • 24 December 2017 04:23, by Kuch

                          and some of our fools are not reading in between the lines into this---it is not because the evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their allies love South Sudanese wretches, it is simply because of oil fields, lands, our Nile waters & to counter fight China’s influence on the disguise of their so-called UN, humanitarian aid, donations, peacekeeping & their so-called>>>

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                          • 24 December 2017 04:36, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g


                            Your beating your chest while coiling up your tail. South Sudanese are not only your likes. in fact to be frank what you mean is this peace process is not for good of Bahr Ghazal dinkas that you label as South Sudanese. The majority of people in the country are for peace and your so called South Sudanese(Dinka Gogrial).

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                            • 24 December 2017 05:28, by Kuch

                              jur_likang_a_ likan’g,
                              Don’t sweat it chap, all those nonsense being peddled in the hotels, brothers & bars of Adis Ababa are going to remain in those hotels, brothels & bars are going to be peddled there & they will remain there trust me. We all want peace & that was why you Riek Machar fools & his bunch of hooligans were told to stop your aimless armed rebellion immediately at the start>>>

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                              • 24 December 2017 06:36, by Kuch

                                of your aimless armed rebellion in 2013. But you idiots failed to heed the warnings that your foreign criminals aimless sponsors armed rebellion was going to be crushed by the SPLA, but you idiots let your foolish selves being used by foreign criminals as their pawns or foot soldiers & your traitors like Riek Machar, Lam Akol, Rebecca Nyandeng, Pagan Amuom & others as their>>>

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                          • 24 December 2017 04:45, by Kuch

                            human rights business scams, in other words, a second cold war is being fought in our country, DRC, CAR, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan or Ukraine. But new cold war is not cold war any more but a hot war. Do some South Sudan idiots know why the greatest charlatan of all times, Mr. Barack Obama used to called "our country the US national interest"? How can another country can take another>>

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                          • 24 December 2017 04:46, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

                            South Sudan needs leaders who have self esteem and proud of being South Sudan citizens. Leaders who build ethnic cohesion. Leaders who control our natural resources and their exploitation, Leaders who stand for borders of South Sudan as it was when colonialists left the country. Leaders who drive human development as well as the country. Above all leaders who are humane, compassionate and kind.

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  • 24 December 2017 07:25, by Lotodo Awino Odug

    Merry Christmas to our President, Generals and our brave soldiers. we love you, we can’t be anything without you. forgive your brothers and come together as a family. South Sudan is enough to accommodate all of us. EL Pollo

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