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South Sudan’s NAS leader says not committed to the ceasefire agreement

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September 23, 2018 (JUBA) - Thomas Cirillo Swaka the leader of National Salvation Front (NAS) which rejected the revitalized peace agreement said they are not committed to a ceasefire in South Sudan even if their group is a signatory to the security arrangements.

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Thomas Cirillo Swaka (Photo Reuters)

Gen. Swaka made his statement during a meeting with his supporters held in Texas, on Saturday, as he is touring the United States to meet the South Sudanese Diaspora to explain his rejection of the peace deal and to raise support for his group.

"We cannot implement an agreement in isolation because there are eight protocols we cannot implement part and reject the others part. Since we are not part of many protocols we are not going to be part of the security arrangements agreement," he said.

Swaka who was answering questions posed by the audience further said if they go and took part in the implementation of the security arrangements, they cannot stop the implementation of the other chapters of the peace agreement.

The NAS rejected the revitalized pact saying it failed to address the root causes of the governance crisis in South Sudan. According to NAS, they want to end the "over-concentration of political and fiscal power".

"Those powers have been used to capture the state hostage for criminal enterprises to support other ethnic groups to dispose ethnic minorities of their ancestral land and foster the pervasive culture of impunity," the group said in a statement issued on 1 September.

The NAS and other opposition groups from the Equatoria region say they want a deal establishing a genuine federal system allowing them to manage and administrate their land pointing to the land grabbing by the Dinka tribe of President Kiir.

The revitalized process provides that the issue of the 32 states, which are seen as the instrument of domination by the opposition, will be discussed by the Independent Boundaries Commission (IBC). Also, It will review the conformity of the tribal borders in line with the 1956 boundaries.

Also, if this commission fails to reach an agreement during the transitional period, a referendum will be organised to consult the South Sudanese over the regional system they want.

Swaka said they want an agreement that addresses all these issues and then we implement all of it".

The former South Sudanese army general, however, didn’t say they would continue to armed action to undermine the implementation of the revitalized agreement.

He further said they called on the international community to not support the signed agreement because it does not realize a sustainable peace.

NAS and three other groups including the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM), National Democratic Movement (NDM), United Democratic Republic Alliance (UDRA) and Pagan Amum have issued a joint statement rejecting the deal.

But they remain part of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance which is part of the revitalized process. It is not clear if the holdout groups plan to form a separate group or would seek to negotiate an additional deal including more guarantees about their claims.

(ST)

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  • 24 September 11:34, by The Rhino

    Its true,Kiir and his tribal folks hijacked powers and used them to capture the state hostage.Ethnic minorities were deposed from their ancestral territories.The goons have created and fostered a rotten culture of impunity.International community should never give them money.These jienges raped and tortured foreigners at gun point,why are they now begging the same people for money?

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  • 24 September 19:05, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Thomas Cirillo Swaka, you have to think twice about your rejection. Remember you will be detain/departed to Juba by African Leaders as they did to Machar. You should learn from Machar otherwise you will suffer severe consequences. This is my advice to you. Please do not get comfortable. You will not live in the U.S. and South Sudanese are suffering because of you guys selfishness and greediness.

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    • 24 September 19:10, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Continue... I think you are just fooling people right now to get the support and when you go to Africa, you will change your position about joining peace. May I ask you a question. Where will you operate after Kiir and Machar sign the final agreement? They will hunt you down like rabbits.

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      • 24 September 21:23, by Games

        Dink General Defence
        Machar was detented by M7 and Kenyatta, not all Africa leaders. Again, Thomas Cirillo is fighting for our freedom and he determines to do that till these horrible suitations in South Sudan is change

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    • 24 September 19:37, by Eastern

      "African leaders" have NO VALUES in the US; next suggestion(s)....

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      • 24 September 22:31, by Pakuai

        Eastern,
        Just wait a little, your Thomas Cirillo would likely be brought back to South Sudan in a coffin like Mr. George Athor if he continues to play games with South Sudanese people chap. Mr. George Athor contributed immensely to the liberation of our country more than some of our current foreign puppets/stooges & traitors. And South Sudanese who know Mr. George Athor>>>

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        • 24 September 22:40, by Pakuai

          would agree with me on this. The man is a South Sudanese hero. Guys like Mr. Thomas Cirillo, Pagan Amuom and others just want to remain in exile for good. Pagan Amuom was a promising South Sudanese politician, but for some reasons known to him, he has destroyed his political standing.

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          • 25 September 08:23, by Eastern

            It’s Uganda that murders and hands back the remains to Kiir, not the US. Wait for much longer....

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        • 25 September 08:27, by jubaone

          Pakuai
          Better die as a honorable man for values that are steadfast that cowardly succumbing to worthless jienge threats that wont live. Even jienges fear death that is why most flee from their luaks. Death from hunger, brutality and sickness. Only when the SS goes into flames, each against the other shall we know no peace. As lomg as jienges carry guns, the others must equally carry. Period

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  • 24 September 22:48, by One people

    This gay soldier name Thomas Cirilo wants to put Equatorians in dangerous situations with his mouth that looks like jienge cow vagina. "Warning" If this gay boy name Cirilo didn’t recall what he’s looking for then he will regret it latter. At this time after peace have been signed, Nuers they don’t have time to help any rebels,now they only have time to build a great nation with Dinka>>

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    • 24 September 23:18, by One people

      and other smart tribes that who understood the meaning of country, the meaning of war, the meaning of peace, the meaning of land, the meaning of power, the meaning of good leaving has the one nation, the meaning of being black person in one country, the meaning of more good leaving. stupid war had created bad leaving among us. As you can see Sudan now, hate had made their country very week

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      • 24 September 23:32, by One people

        now Sickness it’s killing people in Sudan, hanger its killing people in Sudan

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    • 25 September 08:25, by Eastern

      One People,

      Long dicks have no shame even to talk about gays.....?! Tell us what you do at the cattle camps...!

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    • 25 September 08:32, by jubaone

      One People,
      The difference between you and Gen Cirillo, is you grew up in a luak with other peers who often practised sodomy. This explains why most of you "uncircumcised filthy swines" rape, like to fornicate and procreate in a prolific manner like rats once you see women. Fathers, sons, uncles sleeping with everyone, everywhere and anytime. Jerk youself worthless scumbag

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