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South Sudan peace monitoring body calls for restraint in Yei


UNMISS peacekeepers patrols Yei Town on 25 January 2018 (photo UNMISS)

January 30, 2019 (JUBA) - The Reconstituted Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC) urges restraint on all sides, following report about military build up in Yei River State where the South Sudanese army clashes regularly with the holdout rebel National Salvation Front (NAS).

On Tuesday NAS led by Thomas Cirilo said the South Sudanese army was massing troops in Mukaya Payam, North of Yei town, Yei-Maridi road, and in Rokon area West of the capital Juba on Juba-Maridi road.

Also, the South Sudan National Democratic Alliance (SSNDA) which gathers NAS and other non-signatory groups said the South Sudan People Defence Forces (SSPDF) in collaboration with SPLM/A-IO forces prepare to attack its forces and positions in Yei River State and Mundri in Western Equatoria.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the RJMEC underlined that the peace implementation process is at a "critical phase". Also, it pointed out that the continued observation of the ceasefire is a matter of high national importance.

"RJMEC therefore, urges all Parties to grasp firmly the IGAD-led diplomatic process and allow the full implementation of the peace agreement," said the statement.

On 21 October, NAS led by Thomas Cirilo said they repulsed an attack by the South Sudanese government forces and clashed with them in two separate positions in Yei River and the Jubek States.

The group further said that the government forces assaulted their position in Mukaya Payam, North of Yei town on Saturday 19 January.

Juba accuses the NAS fighters of attacking civilians, looting their properties and sexual and gender-based violence as well as other violations of human rights.

The rebel umbrella said they learnt with dismay the arrest and torture of activists and opponents in Magwe area by government forces on the "false" pretext they support the opposition forces.

Also, the SSNDA renewed its commitment to the cessation of hostilities agreement of 21 December 2017, adding they reserve themselves the right to protect "protect its positions, our people and their properties".


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  • 31 January 07:11, by jubaone

    That’s all that they can do; rape, kill and loot defenseless civilians. But, these cowards and criminals shy man-to-man fights with NAS/SSNMC/PDM. The forced conscription of luakjiengs in Twic State is a clear sign, nyor foot soldiers and brigands understand that fighting in Equatoria is not a jienge wrestling game. Stop jienges 👐.

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    • 31 January 08:38, by Midit Mitot

      NAS deserve to be swipe out from Yei if they don,t comply with revitalization, they are making noise at that side.

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      • 31 January 16:19, by Eastern

        Mitot Mitot,

        Go ahead and WIPE OFF NAS from South Sudan as you have the means and capabilities. Don’t appear to whine here..! Act like men that you always claim to be...!

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    • 31 January 10:26, by South South

      When our government and IO form the government of national unity in May this year, NAS and PDM will disappear from South Sudan, mark my words. These monkeys are in trouble and they know it. These are dirty people who do not belong to South Sudan.

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      • 31 January 10:33, by South South

        Midit Mitot ,

        No NAS or any other forces in South Sudan can stand in front of government of South Sudan and IO. Those leaning walls called NAS and PDM will not be there in South Sudan after May this year. They are pieces of cakes. Either they go to DIASPORA or tuck their tails and come back to Juba, dirty people.

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      • 31 January 10:34, by jubaone

        You cockroaches talked the same way about IO, in the end you could not defeat them and just made a deal. Cockroaches come in the dark when the owners of the house are asleep. They look for food crumbs cuz they dont make their own. Just shut up.

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        • 31 January 13:47, by South South

          I don’t talk with monkeys who are on the back seat.

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      • 31 January 16:16, by Eastern

        South South,

        The battle line has been drawn now why do you wait for May, you moron...?! Are you waiting to use the nuer who available for hire with food...?! Don’t wait for May or any other time, strike the MONKEYS NOW, you idiot...!

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        • 31 January 17:15, by jubaone

          Cockroaches are flattering their wings cuz UPDF mercenaries and nyagateen are trying to help them. Only waiting for the dark so they can crawl out their crevices to look for free food. God created them, so that they can live on our remnants and rubbish. Stop jienges 👐.

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  • 31 January 13:40, by wau nar

    This has nothing to do with jienge/Nuer as you always concentrated on you idiot will bark like a dog short-up

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