We are ready to follow Al-qaeda’s footsteps if US try to impose peace: South Sudan Army Chief of Staff
July 31, 2015(Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan’s Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Paul Malong Awan, who has been recently accused by the Human Right’s Watch of being responsible for massacres and war crimes in Unity State, has lashed out at the United States for urging the warring parties in South Sudan to sign peace by August 17, 2015.
Gen. Malong warns that he and the rest of the army, under Salva Kiir, were ready to follow in the foot steps of the Al Qaeda terror organization, if necessary, in order to resist US from imposing peace on the Juba regime.
“this so called IGAD peace proposal is useless, We can’t accept it even if US forces us to do so” said a furious Paul Malong.
While addressing a crowd of government loyalists on occasion of the Martyrs day in the capital, Juba, Malong warned that if the US impose the peace document on the government then the regime would rather rebel and follow the footsteps of terror groups.
“I better be a rebel…. You should know that those who are in Al-Qaida, Taliban, Isil, Boko Haram, Alshabab …. they are human being like us, therefore we should follow their foot-steps than signing that fake peace” said Gen.Paul Malong, who is president Kiir’s army chief.
Malong told the crowd at Garang’s Museleum in the capital that his government was not ready to sacrifice positions of individuals, who fought for liberation, in order to accept the current peace proposal.
“We are not going to accept to replace Stephen Buay, who has resisted in division one, and then Nhial Batong, Pul Jang, and two sector commanders, Gong Biliu and Chathath Lam. We will not replace them with those who have rebelled” said Malong.
Malong was referring to generals from the Nuer-tribe of former Vice President, who are battling rebellion in the Greater Upper Nile region.
During the martyrs day celebration, President Salva Kiir, whose termed expired in July, also objected the Peace Proposal claiming that the oil is in Dinka dominated areas of Greater Upper Nile, and therefore the region should not be given away to the rebels.
Mr. Kiir has voiced his dissatisfaction with the rebel group getting 53% power share in the three states of Greater Upper Nile, claiming that his government should instead get the 53%.
Two days earlier Juba formed three committees to deliberate on three different sections of the IGAD compromise peace agreement proposal.
The committee are due to submit their finding today, Friday July 31, however, critics reiterates that the committees’ decision is already influenced by the comments of the two powerful individuals.