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BREAKING: SPLA Forces Warn Machar Rebels


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“On Monday, the rebels shelled Nasir in front of IGAD Monitors. They attacked Wangkai in Unity State on Tuesday and Baliet in Upper Nile state. On Friday morning, they shelled our positions near Wadakona,” said Gordon Buay, a pro-government General.

He said “Riek Machar has no control over the rebels as he said last week in Nairobi. Each rebel commander is carrying out his orders. The rebels do not have a central military and political command to respect any agreement.”

SPLA officials who talked to this website on condition of anonymity so as to speak freely, said the army will not hesitate to lanch a fresh offensive “with all our might” if the rebels continue to escalate hostilities.

The fighting in the war-torn country compelled UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon to call Kiir and Machar expressing “grave concern” about ongoing hostilities before urging an “immediate” end to all military operations.

Kiir and Machar met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in May, to agree to end fighting after the 23 January Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities failed to stem what is now a six-month-old conflict.

The fighting, which has already uprooted over one million people, including 75,000-80,000 civilians who have sought safety at UN peacekeeping bases around the country, continues.

SPLA officials said President Kiir told the armed forces to “defend themselves only if attacked” and “Our field officers are ordered to observe the Cessation of Hostilities and they are currently following orders unlike the ragtag rebels who have no central command.”

Buay told Chimpreports on Saturday “the good thing is that the IGAD Monitors witnessed all the violations committed by the rebels.”

The rebels’ spokesperson, Brig Koang was not readily available for comment.

Peace Talks

As part of the May agreement, the two South Sudanese officials agreed to meet on a monthly basis to review progress in the implementation of the accord.

Kiir is expected in Ethiopia before close of this week under the auspices of IGAD.

War broke out in South Sudan in December last year, with Kiir accusing former Vice President, Riek Machar of conspiring to overthrow his government.

Machar denies the allegations, saying Kiir used the disagreements in the SPLM meeting to get rid of “reformists” within the system ahead of the 2015 elections.

Mr. Ban urged the President to meet with Mr. Machar to “reach an agreement on substantive issues, including transitional arrangements,” the spokesperson said.


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