South Sudan

SPLA Stations Artillery Units 25kms Away from Juba

The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), see hospital Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has welcomed the agreement reached by the Government of the Republic of South Sudan, information pills the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army In Opposition (SPLMA/IO) and the SPLM Leaders (Former Detainees) with respect to the implementation of the security arrangements of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan.

The Parties also agreed on the deployment of a Joint Integrated Police for the security of Juba, as well as of other locations, namely Bor, Malakal and Bentui.

Article 15 of the agreement provides that the positions of governor in Unity State and Upper Nile will be held by rebels while government will retain that of Jonglei state.

According to the agreement’s Article 5.5, “all military forces within Juba shall be redeployed outside at a radius of 25 kms from the centre of the national capital beginning 30 days after the signing of the agreement and completed after 90 days.”

This is currently taking place in Juba.

Kiir’s government were opposed to this idea, saying this is a matter of sovereignty and that the army has the responsibility to protect the nation, its people and its leadership.

The Chairperson of the Commission commended the Team of IGAD Special Envoys, namely Ambassador Seyoum Mesfin, General Lazaro Sumbeiywo and General Mohamed El-dabi, for their efforts and commitment in assisting the South Sudanese stakeholders achieve lasting peace in their country.

“The Chairperson of the Commission looks forward to the faithful implementation of the commitments made by the South Sudanese stakeholders, in order to pave the way for the early establishment of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU),” reads a statement from the African Union.

The Chairperson of the Commission further welcomed the appointment, by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), on 2 November 2015, of Major General Molla Hailemariam as the Chairperson of the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM). She calls on the parties to urgently appoint their nominees to the CTSAMM and to extend full cooperation to General Hailemariam.

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