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South Sudan’s army accuses rebels of ceasefire violation

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May 23, 2018 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese army (SPLA) has accused the armed opposition leader Riek Machar-led forces of violating the ceasefire agreement the warring factions signed in Ethiopia.

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Lul Ruai Koang speaks to the press in Addis Abab on May 9, 2014 (AFP Photo)

The army spokesperson, Brigadier General, said Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO launched offensive attacks on government forces in the country’s former Unity State.

"I request ceasefire monitoring body to investigate and hold Riek Machar and his field commanders accountable for the violation of the truce," Koang told reporters in the capital, Juba Wednesday.

He said Leer, Latjor and Maiwut were the three states facing rebel offensives.

"I would like to reiterate the commitment of the government forces ability to observe a ceasefire and to continue to protect the lives and territorial integrity of the country," Koang further stressed.

In the past, however, the warring factions had violated several ceasefire accords, despite threats of sanctions from the mediators.

South Sudan has been in turmoil since a civil war broke out on December 2013, killing tens of thousands of people and displacing millions.

However, a peace deal signed in August 2015 between the rival factions led to the establishment of a transitional unity government in April, but it could not hold after renewed fighting broke out in July 2016.

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  • 24 May 2018 09:50, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    This blame game of so and so have violating the ceasefire agreement signed by the warring parties will not help, we have to be certain with our demand which is the suffering of the innocent civilians in South Sudan but if we use blaming game as sceptical goat then we are oppressing the poor and indeed we have already in that trailing.

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    • 24 May 2018 11:45, by Midit Mitot

      Lul Ruai Kong and his grandfather were born lie, that,s why his grandfather was cursed by Ngundeng Bong in 1933.

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      • 24 May 2018 12:22, by South South

        Midit Mitot,

        Ngundeng is a devil and big lair.

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  • 24 May 2018 10:05, by Mike Mike

    All those slight mistakes of peace violation by the enemy of peace can not take both parties back to the total war.As the government who hold the rules of laws for this Country at hands.U have to hold yourselves not to follow the step taken by the rebel faction of SPLA IO. Just u have to keep in reporting all their negative activities they committed against u to International body for accountable

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    • 24 May 2018 21:16, by Eastern

      The international community is incapable of acting thanks to the barrier created between South Sudan and the IMMIDIATE REGIONAL neighbours...Don’t hope for more!

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