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S. Sudan rebels accuse government of displacements in Upper Nile

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January 14, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudan rebels have accused government troops of massively displacing civilians in Payai and Paduay in the wake of the recent clashes that have taken place following the first vice president Taban Deng Gai’s visit to the area.

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South Sudan’s army soldiers drive in a truck on the frontline in Panakuach, Unity state April 24, 2012. (Reuters Photo)

A rebel spokesperson, Lam Paul Gabriel said government forces launched attacks on Saturday and Sunday, forcing civilians to flee homes for safety.

He said pro-government forces attacked Mvolo county, an area controlled by the armed opposition, but were eventually repulsed.

“The regime’s forces decided to station at Mvolo county of the mid-west, which is under the control of the SPLA-IO [armed opposition movement]. They came yesterday [Saturday] evening from Mundri ready for offensives,” further said Lam.

Government troops are also in the spotlight for carrying out attacks on rebels positions at Burbur and Dhorbor in Rubkona county of the former Unity state, allegations Sudan Tribune could not easily verify.

On Friday last week, the Troika countries [United States, Norway and Britain] expressed concerns over continuing reports of the movement of forces by warring parties in South Sudan in violation of the ceasefire agreement, including last week’s movement of hundreds of government troops into the country’s state of Jonglei.

The Troika, in a strongly-worded statement, condemned the continuing pattern of violations of the 21 December, 2017 cessation of hostilities agreement by parties to the revitalization process, and called on all parties to immediately and fully implement the agreement in letter and spirit and ensure humanitarian access throughout the country.

The Troika said it saw strong evidence of violations of the ceasefire agreement by government of South Sudan forces in Unity State and by forces associated with opposition groups, including Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition, in Unity State and the Greater Upper Nile region, as witnessed by ceasefire monitors.

The Troika also noted with grave concern the strong evidence from multiple sources linking the attacks in Gudele, Jubek State, on 4 January to former South Sudan army chief of staff, Paul Malong and forces under Lt. Colonel Chan Garang Lual, an SPLA-IO commander.

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  • 15 January 09:18, by Lenin Bull

    It is in fact SPLA-IO Riek under the command of a bloody war dog called Koang Rambang which is attacking the SPLA-IO under Taban as a way of disrupting his visit to Louland. Please, give peace a chance and don’t waste the lives of Lou Nuer people who want peace 100%.

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    • 15 January 12:25, by jubaone

      Lenin,
      Use your intelligence and give our readers 5 concrete indicators for peace and how best you want that achieved. Spare us this worthless jienge rhetoric for peace. It is not a "manna" falling from heaven, it has to be made and nurtured. Now give us your indicators!

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  • 15 January 10:06, by Maguto

    peace oooo yeee

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  • 15 January 14:15, by Lenin Bull

    My brother/sister jubaone, if you don’t know what peace is than you have wasted the number of years you have lived in this part of the world so far neither will it help you if I waste time defining and explaining it to you. Pray to NGUN/God to reveal its meaning to you and you will be happy then come and join our camp for peace lobbying.

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    • 16 January 15:53, by jubaone

      Lenin,
      Since you seem to have difficulty giving indicators, I suggest some for you.
      1: Allow CSTAMM to operationalize and execute their mandate in contested areas
      2: Free all political prisoners and lift state of emergency
      3: Suspend the jienge trash talk aka National Dialogue
      4: Allow all including Riak, Malong and the rest to come back to SS without preconditions
      5: Revoke the 28/32 junk states

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