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South Sudan army calls to investigate cessation of hostilities violations

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Brigadier General Lul Ruai Koang, SPLA spokesperson, is seen at a containment site outside Juba on April 14, 2016 (AFP Photo)
December 25, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudanese government army has called to investigate violations of the recently signed cessation of hostilities agreement in South Sudan reiterate accusations against the armed opposition of attacking its positions.

Hours after the signing of the humanitarian cessation of hostilities in Addis Ababa on Thursday 21 December, the SPLA-IO led by Riek Machar and the government forces traded claims of attacks on their respective positions across the country.

On Monday, the SPLA spokesperson Brig Gen Lulu Ruai Koang issued a statement accusing the rebels of carrying out attacks on the government forces in five states: Yei River, Northern Liech, Amadi, Awiel East and Fashoda, in the last 24 to 72 hours.

"The rebels had stepped up offensive operations against SPLA’s positions in futile attempts to capture new strategic areas before IGAD peace monitors could embark on field visits," said Koang.

Also, he accused the rebels of disseminating " negative propaganda" in a bid to mislead the public opinion and present themselves as victims of attacks by the government forces.

Therefore, "SPLA calls upon IGAD to immediately send investigation committee and peace monitors to investigate the latest violations as well as establish and verify who has been in control of all locations recently attacked by the rebels," said the army spokesperson.

Further, he called on the Ceasefire Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) to send monitors to Kansuk, Lokbere and Koch, three areas where the army says the rebels attacked their positions.

"SPLA reiterates its commitment to Cessation of Hostilities Agreement but reserves the inalienable right to fight in self-defence when attacked," he emphasized.

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  • 25 December 2017 21:00, by Kush Natives

    Let the government forces acts in self defense only, while rebels elements are breaking cessation of hostilities. This time, I wouldn’t blame any foreign forces, IGAD, TROIKA, AU,EU and so forth. We MUST be clear here, this country isn’t belong to the above mentioned organization rather then is South Sudanese people. Those mediators bodies MUST distance themselves on this, if they’re not intereste

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    • 26 December 2017 18:45, by DKOne

      KusH Natives
      You’re right. The government must do its outmost in preserving ceasation of hostilities and only fight in self-defense. What’s so disturbing is that, the general public fails all the time to understand that those criminals who called themselves rebels of Riek Machar are in fact not what they claim they’re. They’re just criminals who do not have any legitimate case they’re fighting for

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      • 26 December 2017 18:46, by DKOne

        If indeed they’re who they claim they’re then the question is why on earth they don’t take orders from their superior? Why they don’t see and consider the suffering of innocence women, children elderly and very ordinary civilians of SS. who are paying high price for this senseless conflict?

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  • 25 December 2017 23:27, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    You new year 2018; What will you bring forth to us this season? 😱 Another mess? NO NO NO! We re tired 😴 and exhausted eradicate and help all the burgorise to settle their political difference and close up all enemies of peace avenues and 🔓 open for us doors of fresh air so that we can see de glimpses of Wahidah

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  • 26 December 2017 00:44, by William

    Since the war started 2013, everyone understand how the IGAD, Trokia and UN allies along side rebels against S Sudan government. The intention of the mention above organzations is to over throw gov’t for S Sudan to be under their leadership and control the nation resources. The rebels will have nothing to gain then suffering and death. Peace will come through S Sudanese themselves. Not IGAD.

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    • 26 December 2017 01:28, by The Rhino

      William,

      Yes IGAD,TROIKA,UN and the neighboring countries are deeply profiting from all these chaos, and yes its our South Sudanese leaders making it too easy for them to siphon our resources and wealth.These leaders are busy enriching themselves and promoting wars in our names.They instigate violence,loot,rape and have no sense of tomorrow’s generations.Nobody can tell me that any of these ...

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      • 26 December 2017 01:49, by The Rhino

        ...leaders have a single sense of a "home sweet home".They know not only to get sloshed on whisky but tribalism,nepotism and destruction.However one day, I believe this elusive slippery peace will come to South Sudan.We must only terminate greed,extinct oppression and respect one another.Leaders must be ready to open corridors and step down for fresh ideas.We need reforms,reforms and reforms...

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        • 26 December 2017 02:09, by The Rhino

          ...the Constitution of the country must be reformed, so that everybody is under the Law even the head of state.The rule of Law must determine every single life in this republic.So, as of now, this unnecessary war must end!

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  • 26 December 2017 03:16, by Mayendit

    IGAD, UN, AU,and other actor.

    The violation of recently signed cessation of hostilities agreement was now violated by rebels just read the speeched made by Mrs. Angelina Jany Teny, the wife of former vice president turned rebel leader Riek Machar. She said, they will never sign a shaky peace agreement with Kiir’s government and this is why they started fighting against government in Koch,Raga etc

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  • 26 December 2017 03:27, by Mayendit

    The Madam Angelina Jany Teny was clear that, they will never signed a shaky peace agreement with government of Salve Kiir Mayardit and this is why her rebels led by her husband started attacking government’s SPLA because they do not want to obey that cessation of hostilities which was signed in Ethiopia capital Addis Ababa. IGAD, AU, leaders and UN, must punished those rebels otherwise no need.

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  • 26 December 2017 06:19, by Lenin Bull

    I have been categorically clear from the very beginning of this damned peace revitalization that it was going to reignite war and deaths in South Sudan. Foreign brains behind the current civil war in South Sudan know that SPLM/SPLA-IO was militarily dying out and their morale has reached its damned nadir. Hence, reignite the flame of war through revitalization so that fighting erupt again.

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  • 26 December 2017 06:24, by Lenin Bull

    To what good will the peace being revitalized be for if the same South Sudanese people whom the mediators project to rescue are dying on its very eve? What do the SPLA-IO want to do with those so called "strategic territories" they want to capture now during revitalization? If course to continue with war mobilization and agitation during the interim period like the recent case of J1/Juba fighting!

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  • 26 December 2017 06:31, by Lenin Bull

    Real peace will come to South Sudan when the NGUNDAENG deceived movement is totally incinerated in South Sudan like LRA, Al qeida, ISIL, etc. Either peace or no peace we SPLM/SPLA-IO will continue to kill innocent South Sudanese and prevent development and peaceful co-existence. Read their lips and their military activities in the fields.

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    • 26 December 2017 13:28, by Kuch

      "South Sudan army calls to investigate cessation of hostilities violations"
      Mr. Linen Bul,
      You are spot on chap, there was nothing signed in those hotels, brothels & bars of Adis Ababa by our corporate America, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between>>>

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      • 26 December 2017 14:15, by Kuch

        it was something to do with the low lives to crawl their evil selves into our country & our people. Any hopped, they would have crawled their evil selves into our country like they had done in DRC, CAR, Libya & other countries. But the evils are playing games with our country & our people isn’t being entertained>>>

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      • 27 December 2017 04:27, by southsudan

        Stupid Kush- Not sure of what he is saying - Please check yourself to a psychiatric unit as soon as possible.

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    • 26 December 2017 20:09, by Eastern

      Lenin Bullshit,

      SPLM-IO under Dr Machar is not comparable to the various NEGATIVE FORCES that you have outlined! Dr Machar wanted to bring MUSEVENI & KONYI together, but the latter flouted the move! Anything out of the reason cannot come out of Kiir and Museveni - there are other STAKEHOLDERS as well...!

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