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South Sudan presidential adviser says rebels use ceasefire for mobilization

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January 3, 2018 (JUBA)- South Sudanese presidential adviser on military affairs said the signed humanitarian truce agreement was not holding peace because the armed opposition forces were using it as an opportunity to mobilize themselves to carry out attacks to gain more territories.

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The SPLA-IO forces during their arrival at Masana Biira in Wau on 07, August 2017 (ST)

Daniel Awet Akot said the government was committed to ending the war in the country but the acceptance of the IGAD-brokered cessation of hostilities agreement has been interpreted by armed opposition forces as a weakness of the government and use as it an opportunity to mobilise their forces for more attacks.

Akot told Sudan Tribune on Wednesday he received a telephone call from Yei informing him of renewed fighting despite the cessation of hostilities agreement by the warring parties.

“As I was leaving my residence today for work, the first call I received was about fighting in Yei. I received a call from Yei about fighting which erupted there and I was told the rebels of Riek Machar have attacked Morobo and Kaya," he said.

"You know they were in these places before but they lost them and so they want to gain these places despite their leadership signing the ceasefire and made a declaration to stop hostile activities towards the government forces,” added Akot.

He called on the regional and international community involved in mediation to restrain armed opposition if the ceasefire was to hold.

“These people have no headquarters. Their forces are scattered. They are in refugee camps and they go there to make recruitments whenever there is a stoppage in hostilities and whenever they are defeated. They are using refugees. They use every bit of opportunity to mobilise themselves and caused fighting like they did today in Yei River state,” he said.

The warring parties in South Sudan signed a humanitarian cessation of hostilities in Addis Ababa proposed by the IGAD mediators to as confidence-building measure before talks on the implementation of a permanent ceasefire agreement.

But since the 21 December, the mediators and facilitators realize how much they are far from their initial objectives as the government and the armed opposition trade accusation of breaching the truce on daily basis.

(ST)

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  • 4 January 01:08, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Look at this scar faced lunatic. Who told you there is calamity at home. What a lie. Do refugees fight with bare hands against the forces of occupation? Please declare openly you are for war and land grabbing because the tools of national defence are in your arms your lust for killing, raping, robbing under guise of war against alleged rebels is a complete utter non sense.

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  • 4 January 04:39, by Mayendit

    The former vice president who turned rebel leader Riek Machar Teny is not going to respect any peace agreement that was signed by none of him. Machar has acknowledge his own failure meanwhile, he is too worry about getting blinding before leading young nation on one hand, he stood why he is under house arrested in S, Africa. Riek is not care any more about peace in South Sudan because he is losing

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  • 4 January 04:51, by Mayendit

    The rebels of Riek Machar are in the big confusion in the bushes within South Sudan nation. Some of them are hoping their Nguen-Denng Bong prophecies leader will come back to lead new nation while, others are seeking for new leader because of failure in all these factionalism however, the majority of his supporters have gave up and they need peace than anything. This is the fact finding now.

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  • 4 January 05:01, by john locke

    Mayendit, Riek is actually proving just hownuntrustworthy kiir is as a leader. A man who killed thousands of innocent civilians in hopes of staying in power forever. Kiir is hoping to bribe every rebel to comeback. Those who go back are stupid. Thenateuggle continues.. soon kiir will be defeated

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    • 4 January 05:17, by Mayendit

      John Locke
      The reality must be told. Since the SPLA/SPLM begun, the former rebel deputy late Chairman who turned president Salve Kiir Mayardit did not change his mind till the CPA arrived in 2005. Your uncle Dr. Riek Machar Teny was the first politician to defected and divided Nuers and Dinkas. The Nasir factionalism have killed nearly 1 million. Riek Machar is guilty by all account than Kiir.

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      • 4 January 12:21, by Sunday Junup

        If he your uncle never change his mind, then what was the agenda for Rumbek reconciliation between Garang and Salva Kiir? You Dinka are liar and never fear to fake the story

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  • 4 January 05:04, by Mayendit

    Solution for South Sudan peace: The Juba’s government must continues putting National Dialogue in the place. The Juba’s government also need to deal with all rebels separately because the Idea of combining them for lasting peace wouldn’t work, because the former vice president who turned rebel leader have no interest to let the people come together and lived in peace. Calls them or sites separate

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  • 4 January 05:16, by William

    I have been telling you that the IGAD and their allies set up this tactics and strategies to cause more fighting in South Sudan since they realized the war is going to end. They tell rebels to increase more attacks so they should put blame on government. Tomorrow, they will come up with sanction to government officials or general to scare them.

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  • 4 January 05:27, by William

    Reik didn’t have interest to make coup since he was the second powerful vice president than any vice president in the world but IGAD and their Allies worked hard to force Reik for fail attempted coup and continuous to support deadly war up to now. South Sudanese must think critically otherwise, more devastation still on the way to S Sudanese people.

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    • 4 January 07:40, by Malakal county Simon

      Whatsoever no proof of evident that the IO initiated the the fight against the rogue regime.... in fact, its a government dreams to crush the IO militarily which is wishful thinking which will never happen!!!!

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  • 4 January 07:47, by Lenin Bull

    If one wants real peace one should go for deadly war first. If rebels are not tired of war, it is meaningless to make peace with them because they will continue to agitate for more wars and killings even during the interim period and during next general elections. If war erupts it must be fought viciously and deadly so that it shouldn’t be repeated so soon again.

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    • 4 January 08:19, by Malakal county Simon

      We need to correct ourselves when one is creating a white lies to for the own interest or seeking attention.. Lenin Bull should ask this old man called Daniel Awet about his proof instead of joining the band wagen....

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  • 4 January 08:55, by Eastern

    The moment the SPLA-IO people concerned with media campaign sleep on their jobs, lies peddled by Kiir will be accepted as the truth.

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  • 4 January 12:15, by James Bol Bol

    I trust that everything happens for a reason, for brothers who said before that the rebels need peace, why did they made attacks several times despite of the fact that the peace was recently been signed and later they violate it?
    If someone was tempted to rebels against his father or brother or one of the relatives and afterwards he/she found out that he/she has done mistake and come back home,
    confess and accept his mistakes,
    he or she must be accepted.
    I believe one day peace will come to south Sudan, i pray and ask God for it .
    Peace is everything you need
    if we have peace, prosperity success, ,,,,,,,,,,.... Will be accomplish
    #GOD_BLESS_SOUTH_SUDAN

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