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Hours before peace signing, SPLM-IO accuses South Sudan forces of new attacks


September 11, 2018 (JUBA) - Twenty four hours before the expected signing of the revitalized peace deal, the SPLM-IO issued a statement about fresh attacks by the government forces in Yei River State.

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Lam Paul Gabriel

"This morning the 11/09/2018 at about 7:00 am, the regime’s forces left their trenches in Agana and attacked our defensive positions at Kendiri and Mangalatore in Kajo-Keji County of Yei River State," said SPLM-IO deputy spokesperson Lam Paul Gabriel on Tuesday.

He added that the fighting was still continuing when he issued his statement to alert about the attack.

The government and SPLM-IO forces in Yei River State which borders Ugandan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Last April the ceasefire commission said in a report about the state that the government, SPLM-IO and NAS forces continue to violate the ceasefire and attack civilians without consideration for the signed deals and in total impunity.

In his statement, Gabriel accused Juba of r the recent attacks, saying ammunitions were transported by aeroplane from the capital to Yei airstrip

"These are indicators that the regime is launching an all-out war against peace in Yei River State and other parts of the country," he added.

He called on the IGAD to condemn the attacks and hold Juba responsible for the violations of the ceasefire.

"These serious and repeated attacks which amount to violations, are all happening as peace talk is ongoing and scheduled to be signed tomorrow 12/09/2018 in Addis Ababa-Ethiopia," he stressed.

The SPLA spokesperson was not available for comment on these claims.

Several days ago the two parties traded accusations of attacks but, the monitoring body and the UN peacekeepers didn’t release statements on it.

For the first time, the neighbouring Sudan and Uganda will take part in the peacekeeping force to ensure the enforcement of revitalized peace pact, in line with the agreement which would be signed on 12 September.


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  • 12 September 2018 06:28, by Kush Natives

    This is another white lie, that negative attitude from IO together with NAS became dominant in the blood, why IO always propagating lie when people of South Sudan are ready to smell the air of peace?

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    • 12 September 2018 08:31, by Kwacha Okonyomoi

      this is a complete lie. Lam Paul Gabriel is not serious.He is anti peace and prefers bush life. You can remain there. We are signing peace this evening.

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      • 12 September 2018 09:25, by jubaone

        IO, SSOA have explicitly said, that they wont sign the peace, if the 4-issues are not resolved. What if they sign? Then they surely fight again sometime in Jan -Feb 2019. If the IG accepts their 4 issues, then all is OK. But the IG dont want to scrap the 32 states, peoples-driven permamnent constitutional review etc.. Just jienge bullshit

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  • 12 September 2018 08:38, by Joseph Canada

    Cancel the Khartoum deal. This is He reason why Ugandan Soldiers were seen inside South Sudan. If this is true, IGAD should stand and show their balls. God will punish the enemy of peace. That’s why We need Regionalism!!!

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    • 12 September 2018 12:02, by South South


      Read what Joseph Canada wrote above and correct his English.

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  • 12 September 2018 09:07, by Eastern

    It’s childish to talk of signing a peace agreement when the barrel of the guns are blazing.....Fight until when one party is totally defeated if you can, then invite the defeated party for peace talks. Does that even make sense...?

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    • 12 September 2018 09:21, by jubaone

      Exactly. Either the jienges defeat the rest or the rest burst them. Period. The winner takes it all. Stop this nonsense. Now these Africans are gathering in AA to sign this deal and yet the 4 issues have NOT been resolved. This is a repeat of July 2016 caused due to "reservations" of ARCISS 2015 by the Kiirminal

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      • 12 September 2018 12:08, by South South


        There are no issues among South Sudanese people anymore, peace will be signed today. If there are issues left, they are Karo people’s issues and not all tribes of South Sudan.

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    • 12 September 2018 09:30, by jubaone

      Ironically, war is good cuz now the MTNs cant freely move as they did b4 in Equatoria. It is good for them also cuz they can steal and tell the rest, it is for maintaining security. War is good cuz none is held accountable. If peace comes, all jienges will flock to Equatoria in search of food, loot and goods. No.

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      • 12 September 2018 14:24, by okello

        We want peace and who ever still calling for war will be dealt with. Those caward Bari and kakwa you will remain internet worried fighting here on sudantribune until you asses failed and no winning on hart words. Good luck with your campaign

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    • 15 September 2018 02:25, by Kush Natives

      You will not defeat anybody on the 🎹 and mouse, why always lying to yourself? Peace is already signed and we’re all on our way now to Juba. I think you’re campaigning against none of our business. Pick up the phone and call your headquarters.

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