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JMCC AND SPLA-IO DISCUSSED PROGRESS IN ASWA CANTONMENT SITE LOA, PAGERI COUNTY

Aswa,03 June 2019, The Joint Military Ceasefire commission [JMCC] paid one day visit to the cantonment site of SPLA-IO. The visitors and their host discussed the progress of the implementation of the security arrangements, within the general context of the Revitalized Peace Agreement. 

As per the Revitalized Peace Agreement, the security arrangements stipulate among other things, the cantonment of the forces, their verification, training and then finally unification into a single national army. These processes are supposed to be finished before the formation of the transitional government of national unity.  

However, the first date for the formation of the government has already passed on 12.05.2019. The new time frame for preparation for the formation of the government has been extended by six months. 

It is not clear what JCC had discussed with the host, the SPLA-IO Pageri Brigade. However, it is most likely the host would have raised the issue of South Sudan People's Defense Force's unwillingness to move away from Aswa, and other residential areas in Pageri County, and go to their designated cantonment site in Nimule. This issue has been raised twice by the commander of Pageri Brigade Charles Rumunu, during the confidence and trust building exercises in Pageri and Nimule respectively. 

Instead of moving their forces to their cantonment site in Nimule as stipulated in the agreement signed by the warring forces, recently SSPDF has instead boosted the presence of its troops in Pageri, Loa, Nyongwa, and Moli, it is not clear what is the motive behind moving huge forces to those places at the time of peace. 

Andrew Olweny 

SSLN

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