Addis Ababa – This is to inform the people of South Sudan and the international community that the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Government (SPLA-IG) forces are once again inflicting more pain and suffering to our people and country and that the President is not serious about or is committed to the agreement.
However, the SPLA- forces have instead continued to commit a series of violations. Our positions came under heavy attack by helicopter gunships in Western Equatoria yesterday after noon; the continuing bombardment in western Equatoria is just a government attempt to look for chairman and other top military commanders of SPLA/IO forces. Government forces also attempted to send ground reinforcement from Ikwoto to Torit in Eastern Equartotia but were ambushed 6 kilometers from Torit town by SPLA/IO gallant forces and retreated.
While we in the SPLM/A-IO still hope the full implementation of the ARCISS is the best option for ending the conflict in South Sudan, we call upon the President as Commander-in-Chief of the SPLA-IG forces to (1) abide by and comply with his own recent declaration of the Cessation of Hostilities and stop his SPLA forces from perpetuating and expanding active military operations and offensives against our forces in the country, particularly the bombing of our bases in Maridi, Kajo-Keji and Yei, (2) allow our SPLM/A-IO officials to move freely and seek any needed health and medical services; (3) stop harassing, torturing and killing civilians; (4) accept the IGAD Council of Ministers decision to deploy a third force to serve as a buffer-zone between the SPLA-IO and SPLA-IG forces in Juba; (5) hold the SPLA-IG forces accountable for the looting WFP relief and food supply warehouse in Juba, so that the food could save the poorest, most vulnerable and innocent South Sudanese who are most affected by the ongoing SPLA-IG offensives in the country.
As a partner in the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoU), the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army in Opposition (SPLM/A-IO) had hoped the SPLM/A-IG would have ended any use of force against our forces and civilians and instead concentrated on stabilising security and economy in South Sudan.
In their determination to kill the First Vice President (FVP), the SPLA-IG forces pursued and indiscriminately bombed and destroyed the FVP resident and the SPLA-IO cantonment and assembly sites in Juba. Worst still, the SPLA-IG forces also bombed the UN compounds where they believed the FVP and SPLA-IO Chief of General Staffs (COGS) had sought refuge. The SPLA-IG forces even broke into and looted the World Food Program (WFP) warehouse at Jebel on a false assumption that the said warehouse was storing SPLA-IO military hardwire and ammunitions.
Major Dickson Gatluak Jock Nyuot
Deputy Spokesperson, SPLA/IO.