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South Sudan army deny breaking ceasefire, amid UN reports of clashes


January 24, 2014 (JUBA) - South Sudanese army on Friday denied carrying out attacks on rebels positions after the signing of the ceasefire agreement in Addis Ababa, although a UN spokesperson said clashes took place in different parts of the new nation.

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South Sudanese People Liberation Army (SPLA) soldier is pictured during a patrol in Malakal on January 21, 2014 a few days after retaking the town from rebel fighters (Photo AFP/Harrison Ngethi )

"There have been no reports of fighting I received today. It has been quiet", Colonel Philip Aguer, Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) spokesperson told reporters in Juba on Friday.

Presidential spokesperson Ateny Wek Ateny denied in a news briefing on Friday that government forces carried out attacks on rebel held positions in the country.

"It has been calm today. The government had given out orders to soldiers not to fight anybody from now on. So it is incorrect that there has been fighting," Ateny said.

"The situation has been quiet as far as I know. There has not been fighting since yesterday", the presidential spokesperson stressed on Friday.

He further alleged that the rebel delegation negotiating team had no control over their fighters on the ground.

"We hope the rebels will do so the same so that they honour their signature," Ateny said,

The two officials were reacting to statements made on Friday morning by the rebel SPLM/A in Opposition accusing the government forces in the Unity state of attacking their positions in areas of Dan-Dok, about 50kms south of Bentiu, the Unity state capital, and in neighbouring Upper Nile state.

In line with the cessation of hostilities agreement signed on 23 January, the two warring parties committed themselves "to immediately cease all military operations and freeze their forces at the places they are in".


On Friday evening, former vice-president and SPLM in Opposition leader, Riek Machar, the claimed that the government forces loyal to president Salva Kiir attacked their positions in Unity and Upper Nile states.

The rebel leader further confirmed to Sudan Tribune the attack on his forces in Dan–Dok adding that second attack in Unity state was launched at Duar, which is about 70km from Bentiu.

"The government’s forces moved out of Bentiu and attacked our forces in Dan-Dok, 50km south of Bentiu town," Machar said, adding that "The SPLA forces in Bor town on Friday moved out and also launched military offensive against the rebel-held positions in Mathiang near Bor."

Machar also said that other attacks were also launched against his forces in Adar area of Upper Nile state.

He condemned the attacks, which he said were "violations of the cessation of hostilities agreement signed on Thursday" by the two parties in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

Peter Riek Gew the rebels’ spokesperson in Unity state also told Sudan Tribune that their forces managed to repel the attack in Guit County and claimed that the SPLA forces were trying to reach the Kilo 50 area and the Tharjath oil fields.

Gew said that the SPLM/A in Opposition have no intention to retaliate but added that they would continue to defend their territory. The rebel spokesperson claimed that they captured five vehicles as well as ammunition from government troops.

Sudan Tribune was unable to reach Unity state’s deputy governor for a comment on Friday.


Speaking at a press conference at the UN Headquarters in New York on Friday, Farhan Haq, a spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General, confirmed that there were clashes in South Sudan despite the signing of a cessation of hostilities agreement.

"The Mission (UNMISS) says that sporadic fighting took place in parts of the country today," Haq said, urging the two parties to implement the agreement "in full and immediately".

"The UN calls on all communities to cease hostilities and refrain from any act that could harm individuals and properties, or lead to further displacement," he further emphasised. Half a million South Sudanese have been displaced during the five-week conflict, according to UN estimates.

The mediation said on Thursday that it would stop the negotiations from January 24 to 7 February in order to establish a monitoring and verification mechanism and other panels related to the implementation of the signed agreements.

Haq pointed out that the establishment of a fully functioning ceasefire monitoring mechanism is essential for the implementation of the agreement.

The spokesperson repeated that the "UN stands ready to provide critical support to this process".

Last December, the UN Security Council increased the number of peacekeepers in South Sudan to nearly 14,000 military and police personnel to protect civilians and eventually to participate in the monitoring of the ceasefire before a political agreement is reached.

On Friday, the 15-member body issued a press statement welcoming the truce signed by the government and rebel delegations.

In addition, the Security Council "called on all parties to immediately and fully implement this agreement as the first step in a longer process of ensuring durable peace and rule of law in South Sudan and addressing the underlying causes of the conflict through an inclusive and comprehensive political dialogue, national reconciliation, and building effective State institutions".


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  • 25 January 2014 06:04, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Rebels are creating the ways of mantaining their attacks on to government bases, according to
    Riak Machar he mentioned on twitter by saying he is regrouping his forces in Lankien and to move them to Juba.

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    • 25 January 2014 06:11, by Mi diit

      Kiir’s SPLA and his Ugandan husbands violated the ceasefire, thinking that they will recapture all the rebel positions in one day and now they lie that they didn’t launch the attacks. Who will believe Kiir’s government which is known for lying throughout! But you will soon reap what you sow. The rebels will retaliate!!!!!!!!!!

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      • 25 January 2014 06:14, by Mi diit

        You see the reasons why these born-to-lie Dinkas hate UN for telling the truth. UPDF spokes-stooge Philip Aguer lied that there was no fighting, "everything is queit" while the UN said there was fighting in many areas. Please Kiir you are damaging your image every time. Stop that culture of foolish lies. The world is watching and will not depend on your cheap lies. UNMISS will tell the truth!!!

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        • 25 January 2014 06:27, by Majongdit

          The UN, US do drill your asses to give you their support, but do you know what their intentions are?
          You will be sorry if you happen to know. The West always has its interests first. The Witch Doctor, Riek, is only managing a project designed in the west. After he is used he will get dumped in a dustbin like they did in 1991.

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          • 26 January 2014 02:49, by Tango Alpha

            Do not worry folks, that is how it suppose to be. Rebel need to be given unforgettable lesson that they may not forget in their lives when there might be some remaining element later on. They need more lessons to be tough so that Riek Machar and his girlfriend Hilde Johnson should shut up. Machar Riek Teny talks very arrogantly when his forces where in Bor and now he has no single words to say.

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      • 25 January 2014 06:35, by Chol A.

        If Museveni husband to Kiir, can dr R splinter reconcile with his divorce husband Bashir? If you hope of UNMISS protecting than you hitting rock because they will be leave South Sudan soon mark my midiit n Omoni jr there is no room for one tribes called it self rebels n assuming winning war unbelievable and totally madness to you community. Please try your lack than pray for UNMISS to stay.

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      • 25 January 2014 07:41, by Sudan virus

        Miid Diir i realize that you are illiterate!What is wrong of being a wife.Why always talk of husband?Let me tell u "a wife cares more than a husband".
        With out a wife nobody can be called a husband and with out a husband nobody can be called a wife.
        What is the difference?What do you mean by Museveni is a husband to Kiir? Well , if Museveni is a Husband, wife ,friend, sister or brother to Kiir is

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        • 25 January 2014 07:48, by Sudan virus

          not bad. But being a husband or wife and destroy your brothers,sisters, in-laws,friends, children, elders and neighbors in the name of being husband is wrong.

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    • 25 January 2014 06:15, by omoni jr.

      There is Nothing called "government bases" matter facts there No government here in south sudan,i see only the movement of Dinka militias and Ugandans macernaries. @ goverment!!! what is governmet anyway,according to you??? salvages community.

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    • 25 January 2014 06:21, by Bentiu son

      Dear freedom fighters, plz continue your offensive against Gelweng Kiir militias within the RSS since their Dinka leader doesn’t want peace in our country.Who cares about cessation of hostilities since our innocent Nuer civilians murdered in Juba their dead bodies did not rotted yet and uncompensated.

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      • 25 January 2014 06:35, by michael coma

        Bentiu Son of prostitute
        Your leader will get hurt by trees in bushes as he do clean his anus with it.Tell him to come back for his safety.Some Nuers who have active brain are now coming back slowly as jungle live is terrible for them.

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      • 25 January 2014 11:01, by moto


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        • 25 January 2014 11:06, by moto

          BENTIU DOG

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    • 25 January 2014 08:14, by Tong dut

      That is not S P L A Army, we can not trust Kiir the criminal president, He wants to kill all Nuers and other tribes in south sudan.

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  • 25 January 2014 06:09, by Tutbol

    "The Mission (UNMISS) says that sporadic fighting took place in parts of the country today," Haq said, urging the two parties to implement the agreement "in full and immediately".
    The UN-UNIMISS mandate needs revoking right now. When the agreement doesn’t work it’s revoke or repeal. UNIMISS is a S Sudanese enemy the govt should it out fast....

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    • 25 January 2014 06:18, by Tutbol

      before the S Sudanese their hands on it. The govt should relocate the UNIMISS to Juba if it wants it stay in S Sudan. Jonglei citizens are not going to endure the present of UNIMISS forces in our State any more.

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      • 25 January 2014 06:47, by Tut Tut

        The attitude of S.Sudan government displays dictatorial tendency and the world sees and understands that vividly. No dictator ever accepts correction and truth. And as far as Museveni-Kiir are caught red handed massacre Nuer civilians in capital Juba,then the international community is number one enemy big time. Thus the UN present in the country is more disturbing for them. Curse on them.

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    • 25 January 2014 06:24, by michael coma

      Riek himself is a big liar.Which Mathiang are you talking in Bor?No idiot rebels At Mathiang up To Gadiang.Your cockroaches will finish one by one.You better come back home to come and use tissue and toilet instead of defecating under tress like wild animal.

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      • 25 January 2014 07:01, by Tut Tut

        Coma, you really in coma.For your info, one thing is getting loud and clear that the regional body IGAD has seen Museveni attitude to involve in S.Sudanese affairs is off balance and thus two members of the same body have made up their minds and gave Kiir husband Museveni to leave S.Sudan with immediate speed or else.Given that reality you matter wake up from coma your husband is leaving soon.

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        • 25 January 2014 07:10, by michael coma

          Tut Tu Galuak Manguel
          Dinkas have accepted to fight Nuers as you need it.3000 that lead by Tanginya and Gatwich Dual have been finished in Lake state.No chance for Nuers to join army again.Bitish said that long time ago,no Nuer should be allowed to join army,school of law and medicine as their mind is to kill only.

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  • 25 January 2014 06:44, by michael coma

    First,we need white army to be disarmed and then ceasefire implementation later.Innocent Nuers in Nairobi,Kampala and Addisababa are suffering finacially now due to their primitive relatives who had defected and leaved them with no support again.Houses and schools got stuck just becoz of no money again.

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    • 25 January 2014 07:29, by Tut Tut

      Coma, such thinking is typical of inferiors.This one month old conflict has already defined the best of us in the country in the eye of international community.Should it not be your husband Museveni intervention, the democratic forces could have brought the inferiors to term with truth.Now D Husband Museveni will not enjoy no more free ride, then balance has already been created.

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    • 25 January 2014 09:14, by Tutbol

      michael coma,
      It is best S Sudanese follow the language of their peace ’with little belittlings. So that our re-build themselves.

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  • 25 January 2014 07:06, by Sudan virus

    The white army behaves like white termites!When they see light of fire they enjoy rush towards it-fire.

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  • 25 January 2014 08:35, by 4Justice

    You Idol Worshippers don’t get it do u? you are trying to fight a spiritual battle on a physical plane. The bible says in the book of Ephesians 6:12, "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." The only winner in this is Satan and his kingdom i.e, the (New World Order) remember Satan always appear as an angel of light to those that are ignorant of his devices, Once Satan and his agents achieve their agenda, you will be disappointed.

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    • 25 January 2014 09:45, by Bravo Nuer

      woe to those who enact unjust statutes and who write oppressive decrees, depriving the needy of judgment and robbing my people ’s poor of their rights, making widows their plunder and orphans their prey! what will you do on the day of punishment, when ruin comes from afar? to whom will you flee for help? where will you leave your wealth, lest it will sink beneath the captive or fall behind the

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      • 25 January 2014 09:53, by Bravo Nuer

        slain? for all this, his wrath is not turned back, his hand is still outstretched! (Isaiah 10:1-4)the title of the above biblical reference known as (Social Injustice) and this is what has been done by Kiir, Telar, Aleu and Malong Awan and thus tossed our nation into full Rwandanisation and soon the full somalisation.

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  • 25 January 2014 14:06, by Mapuor

    Coup plotters are working day and night to prolong the suffering of the poor in South Sudan. Just see the way they behaved, they sent all their families and close relatives abroad and then waged their failed coup. Now they do not care, since they are far from the battlefields and their children are enjoying all modern amenities abroad. They can prolong the current war indefinitely.

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    • 25 January 2014 14:21, by Mapuor

      All Nuer intellectuals should talk to their relatives to abandon the current rebellion.Nuer land would look like Acholi land during Kony rebellion in Uganda. Education for the poor has now stopped.Riek,Taban,Maar and others have their families in London,Australia,Nairobi and else where, their children are attending schools regularly and when will poor Nuer child get education????.

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  • 26 January 2014 03:12, by Tango Alpha

    The history of our nation will judge and tell the truth about Riek Machar Teny. A man who always stab in the back when we are progressing ahead as Janubin of the South. Al-Qaeda Riek Machar thought he might then get away with it this time like 1991. But it will not be the same, that was Dr. John Garang and this is Kiir Mayar.

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