South Sudanese Principles Declared Permanent Ceasefire But War Continues
August 29, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — South Sudanese leaders of the two major warring factions have declared Permanent Ceasefire and ordered their troops to cease all hostilities from the midnight of August 29th, 2015.
Read on the government owned television, SSTV, president Kiir issued a republican decree instructing the Minister of Defense and the Chief of Army, Gen. Paul Malong, to ensure that all the loyal troops cease hostilities from tonight, which makes the 72-hour dateline to permanently silence the guns; a commitment that many analysts received with mixed feelings!
Dr. Machar, the chairman and commander-in-chief of the SPLM/SPLA, on his part has ordered the SPLA troops under his command to cease all hostilities and observe permanent ceasefire agreement from the midnight of tonight, August 29th, 2015.
“Reference to Chapter II article 1.1 of the agreement on the Resolutions of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan signed on 17th August in Addis Ababa, and 26th August 2015 in Juba, I, Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, Chairman and Commander-in-Chief of the Sudan People Liberation Movement/Sudan People Liberation Army, hereby order all SPLM/SPLA forces to cease fire in the country as of midnight 29th August, 2015” Machar states.
Fully aware of the ongoing offensives in Unity State, Machar calls on his forces to remain alert and only response in self-defend if attack by the opponent forces.
“All forces are to remain alert in their current positions and to act only on self-defense or response upon aggression.” Dr. Machar reiterates.
Latest reports from Unity States blame the government side of attacking Panyinjiar and Port Adok in Unity State, a report that was verified by Dr. Riek two days ago.
“It military convoy ccomposed of three gunboats and six ferries which left Juba have arrived this afternoon to SPLM/SPLA controlled areas of Panyijiar County where the gunboats bombarded Tayar and Ganylel towns” According to Dr. Riek’s circulation of August 27th.
The SPLA [IO] on the ground confirmed the attacks on their positions, which they believe began on 27th August and continued until this morning in Panyiniar and Leer Counties.
According to SPLM/SPLA chairman, who is now designated as the First Vice President of TGoNU, the government plans to capture all the ports in the country which are currently controlled by his forces.
“These forces are detaiiled to capture all the river ports under the controlled of the SPLM/SPLA from Tayar, Adok, through to Malakal and up to Renk. We hold the regime responsible for any continued fighting on land and along the River Nile” Dr. Riek said two days earlier.
The government side on its part blames the rebels of attacking their positions in Nhialdiu in Unity State, and along Juba-Yei road, Terekeka and other areas in Equatoria region.
Although the two sides have declared permanent ceasefire, which is expected to commence in a few hours from now, critics question if the two sides will observe the agreement.
Experience from the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement, however, provides that SPLA captured the strategic town of Torit after the signing of an agreement that later led to independent of South Sudan.
The signing of this Compromise Peace Agreement is not only expected to end the 20 months of civil war but also to revise the failing economy of the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan.