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SPLA says it respects security deal, but will retaliate if attacked

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By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

March 14, 2013 (BENTIU) – The South Sudanese army (SPLA) will respect the recent security agreement reached with Sudan, but will protect and defend its territorial integrity if attacked, the army’s fourth division commander said Thursday.

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Michael Chiengjiek Geay (C) and the SPLA’s James Koang Chuol (L), 11 March 2013 (ST/Bonifacio Taban)

“All our areas [are] in the frontlines, [and] we will never lose any inch of land from Panakuach to Jau, which [Sudan] always claim. The will never fall under Sudan unless with lessons”, James Koang Chuol said at the official opening of the army’s headquarters in Unity state’s Rubkona county.

Both Sudan and South Sudan last week agreed on immediate and unconditional withdrawal of forces to their respective side of the border within two weeks, to allow for the establishment of a Safe Demilitarised Border Zone (SDBZ).

As part of the security agreement, the two countries also committed themselves to the deployment of the Joint Border Verification and Monitoring Mechanism (JBVMM) and the activation of all security related mechanisms, starting 10 March.

Under the agreement, both countries are required to deploy their troops 10 kilometres from their current positions to their side of the border, with the United Nations Interim Security Forces for Abyei (UNISFA) tasked with monitoring the area.

The inclusion of the so called ‘Mile 14’ in the proposed border buffer zone last year caused anxiety in South Sudan’s Northern Bahr el Ghazal state, despite the African Union (AU) and the UN making clear that the location of the buffer zone would have no bearing on any final border settlement.

Sudan had initially proposed an extension of the demilitarised area on the common border to include Blue Nile and South Kordofan states, but Juba declined to accept. The Sudanese army (SAF) later claimed Juba refused to withdraw its troops from the disputed area until the two reached a consensus on the mediation process, which is being overseen by the AU High Level High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP).

Speaking at the opening of the headquarters, Chuol urged both the national and state governments to strengthen collaborative efforts to eradicate cattle raids, which continue to cause insecurity among neighbouring states.

Unity state’s deputy governor, Michael Chiengjiek Geay, insists the newly reached security agreement will improve strained relations between South Sudan and its northern neighbour.

At the same time, he encouraged the army to step up the fight against rampant cattle raids, saying civilians continued to hold illegal arms, despite the government’s various disarmament campaigns.

He said the army should take a hard line on cattle raiding activities, once the cattle rustling law is amended.

“I know every one of us has relatives [involved] in all sorts of cattle practice[s] in South Sudan, but brother and sisters, I want to assure you that if the government comes out with a law that [stipulates] whoever [is] involved in cattle raiding must be killed, you should not react negatively to it”, the deputy governor said.

He urged the army to remain vigilant on cattle raiding activities, saying the practice is threatening to undermine the struggle for South Sudan’s independence, attained after over two decades of civil with Sudan.

South Sudan has been plagued by cattle raids and ethnic violence since gaining independence in July 2011. The UN estimates some 200,000 South Sudanese are likely to be internally displaced this year because of ongoing violence.

(ST)

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  • 15 March 2013 01:58, by Panthou

    First and foremost, I would like so much to congratulation Mr. James Koang Choul leader of the forth division For his tremendous final speech! Mr. Chuol, you completely did your parts! Bravo once more! Panakuach n Jau payam of unity state are parts of miles 14 period. I also appreciate Mr. Bonifacio Taban, for his complete coveragers of the burning issues along the borders areas!
    finally.

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    • 15 March 2013 02:06, by Panthou

      I mean, panakuach n Jau aren’t parts of miles 14 period.

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    • 15 March 2013 17:18, by adamu

      COMRADE JAMES, I THANK YOU AND APPRECIATE THE DEDICATION OF SERVICE YOU SHOWN IN DEFENDING OUR PRECIOUS MOTHER LAND. BROTHER, WE SHOULD BE VERY CAREFULLY ABOUT CELEBRATING THIS RUDIMENTATRY AGREEMENT BECAUSE MANY HAVE ALREADY BEEN SIGNED WITHOUT IMPLEMENTATION BY BASHIR. PLEASE KEEP OUR MIGHTY ARMY ALERT THE WAR IS NOT FINISHED YET, AND DON’T THEM TO SURPRISE YOU LIKE THEY DID IT IN NORTHERN RAJA,

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      • 15 March 2013 17:31, by adamu

        WHERE MANY SOLDIERS AND THEIR FAMILIES LOST THEIR LIVES SENSELESSLY, WHICH COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED IF IT WASN’T FOR THE BEHAVIOUR OF SOME IRRESPONSIBLE COMMANDER. WE WOULD NOT HAVE LOST CHILDREN AND THEIR MOTHERS THAT DAY. BROTHER KEEP AN EAGLE’S EYES ON THE LOOK OUT, FOR THE ARABS ARE SO DIABOLICAL AND CUNNING.

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  • 15 March 2013 04:02, by 4Justice

    The borders must be demarcated without delay. Khartoum and its handlers are trying to use this agreement to buy time by incrementally encroaching on our territories, we must never allow this to happen.

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    • 15 March 2013 04:03, by 4Justice

      into our territories

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      • 15 March 2013 07:10, by zulu

        finally, the government is listening..to extend another pipeline as agreed for export to Israel through Dhjibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya. while the Sudanese one will be terminated after 3yrs unless a credible government is in place. Oh, by then Humar beshit will be dead anyways and Taha Mohamed Ali 2 is aging thoroughly in deep shit

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        • 15 March 2013 14:23, by master

          zozo
          you can but your dream pipeline in your wide dirty ass
          hahaa

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          • 15 March 2013 17:52, by adamu

            HEY MASTER LUCIFER, THIS FORUM DOEN’T ACOMMODATE FILTHY LANGAGUE LIKE YOURS. IF YOU WANT TO USE THIS KIND OF JARGON SYMBOLS PLEASE TAKE IT TO THE STREETS OR DO IT WHERE YOU LEARNED IT FROM, I DON’T PERSONALLY CONCUR WITH PEOPLE WHO SEEM TO LOOK HUMANS BUT WITH CHICKEN MINDS. YOU NEED TO CHANGE AND START ACTING LIKE A RATIONAL HOMO SAPIEN BROTHER. ALLAH MAHAK.

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          • 15 March 2013 19:20, by panchol

            Mistress.
            Junubeen except that your ass is so clean because your ass use to lick a dick ten times a day. hahahahahaha.

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      • 15 March 2013 11:04, by Alier42

        Getting offended easily is lack of maturity.

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  • 15 March 2013 04:20, by George Bol

    SPLA must be ready because I heard that bashier from Khartoum is coming to Juba. I always said this because when there is meeting or agreement with Khartoum; bombing on the border areas or ground attacks on SPLA position. I clearly understand Khartoum coward tactics.

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  • 15 March 2013 05:43, by AUGUSTINO DENG

    How good is it now for Mr.James Kong Chuol and his colleague to be in Uniform like that? That is what SPLA was fighting for in order to take pride of your own country not to rebel. James Kong Chuol and other Nuer extremists push everything back. It is time to take chance, but don’t rebel. SPLA is not for Dinka, Nuer, Equatorian, Nuba and many others. It is for everyone.

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    • 15 March 2013 08:24, by Gat-khir

      Maj. James koang chol had never defected from SPLA since he joined the movement in 1983. He is a well known commited brave SPLA soldier. He is known by the name "CDR". Up to now, many people do not know his real name, they know only CDR. maybe you mistaken him with Gordon Koang Chol.

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      • 15 March 2013 08:52, by Gat-khir

        My apology; i mean to say Major.gen., not major.

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        • 15 March 2013 11:11, by Alier42

          @ Gat-khir
          there is no one who is looking after your mistake.people only look at the version of your argument,so feel at home always.

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    • 15 March 2013 08:38, by Nuer Empire

      Augustino Deng:
      There is nothing called rebel during the wars,but FACTION.Whether he was in another faction or not,he is the hero with other South Sudanese that you hate.Son of bitch,u need some more Educations.
      The Nuer Empire

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      • 15 March 2013 18:08, by adamu

        NUER EMP.
        YOU ARE MORE THAN THAT BRO. WHY ARE YOU USING BAD LANG. TO YOUR FELLOW SOUTHERNER, DISAGREEMENT IS A HEALTHY PERSPECTIVE TOO. IF A FELLOW SAYS HIS OPINION AND HE IS ENTITLED TO IT, THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH IT BRO.PLEASE WE CANNOT HAVE GOOD TIMES ALWAYS WITHOUT HAVING BAD ONES, IT WILL BE MONOTONUS AND BORING. LET US ALLOW ALL SORT OF IDEAS TO FLOW IN BAD AND GOOD ARE ALL THE SAME.

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        • 15 March 2013 18:19, by adamu

          FOR HUMAN BEINGS TO BECOME INNOVATIVE, THEY HAVE TO PROVE THEMSELVES RIGHT OR WRONG BEFORE THEY COULD COME UP WITH HYPOTHESIS TO BE TESTED, PROVEN OR DISAPROVED FOR FURTHER ANALYSIS BEFORE IT BECOMES A THEORY.

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      • 16 March 2013 08:13, by AUGUSTINO DENG

        Nuer Empire,
        Thank you for your comment. You have right to tell me in order to have more education. I think I totally agree with you. But think of this, I am a veteran myself and I never rebel. To challenge you son of a bitch like you said it to me, "Rebel and Faction is the same meaning. The only different is that, Faction start with F and Rebel start with R. Digest my word properly. Thanks

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  • 15 March 2013 05:44, by JAMES KUOI STEPHEN

    SPLM leadership had done alot on some issues,without suspicious.SPLA had fought for several wars in Southern Sudan!.But peace among Southern Sudan is very important.Difference for expectation,are not good! Defense and don’t involved on internal expectation crisiss!

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  • 15 March 2013 06:17, by master

    we always hits your ass and you alway saying your nonsense

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  • 15 March 2013 06:23, by George Bol

    Hey Master from Coward dor, we don’t talk cowardly like that. when there is hot water you guys talk with different tongue. Worsen us!

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  • 15 March 2013 07:45, by cbuongdit cholkua

    I absolutely agree with commander Chuol, if he said it,he means it. I’m a 1000 percent trust 4th division, they are the ones that smashing those noisy mosquitos asses at Jau in April last year. I know they will never attempt on the ground force; because they know very well in their mind that, the one that gave them wings to fly back to North is never gone nowhere. keep an eye on big boss.

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  • 15 March 2013 07:48, by Fundamental Change icon

    South Sudanese pounds looting army/Movement SPLA/M

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    • 16 March 2013 06:55, by cbuongdit cholkua

      Same as khartoum national criminal party NCP.

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  • 15 March 2013 10:55, by Gabriel Ajak

    Definitely that is your stand.depend but don’t attack.

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