Dec 20, 2015(Nyamilepedia) —- The long awaited advanced team of South Sudan’s SPLM/SPLA in opposition will arrive in South Sudan capital, Juba, tomorrow on Monday the 21st December 2015.
According to SPLM/SPLA-IO Chief negotiator, Gen. Taban Deng Gai, the first badge of advanced team, which comprises of 150 delegates, will leave from Pagak, South Sudan, through Gambella, Ethiopioa, tomorrow.
“The first group of 150 is ready to arrive Juba on December 21, 2015 from Pagak, South Sudan, via Gambella, Ethiopia.” Gen. Taban states.
In the letter addressed to David Deng Athorbei, the Minister of Finance and Economic Planing, Taban reiterates that the next two advance teams, which will be composed of another 150 and 309 officials, shall arrive to Juba and respective states in accordance with the calendar of Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC).
According to JMEC calendar, which was released late last week, the first advanced team of SPLM/SPLA-IO would have arrived in Juba on 15th December to attend the first meeting of Joint Military Ceasefire Commission(JMCC) and Joint Operations Centre(JOC).
The first and second meetings of JMCC and JOC were to be held in Juba on the 18th and 19th of this month, respectively.
According to JMEC Calendar, the first advanced team that would arrive tomorrow is expected to attend the second meeting of JMEC, scheduled for Tuesday, Dec 22nd, 2015.
All goes as planned, the second advanced team of SPLM/SPLA in Opposition will travel to Juba the following Monday, December 28th, 2015.
In accordance with the original schedule of JMEC, the advanced team of 609 members would have all arrived in Juba on 28th December to begin States’ visits the next day on 29th December, 2015.
Juba has expressed concerns that include insecurity and accommodation of what the Juba officials termed as “huge number” of rebels delegates, however, the number has kept increasing as deemed necessary by the opposition and peace partners.
Speaking to SPLM/SPLA officials in Nairobi, Mr. Manawoa Gatkuoth and Wol Thompson, Juba has accepted the delegation of 609 members.
The officials confirmed that the IO delegation will be led by Gen. Taban Deng Gai and will be received by Hon. David Deng Athorbei, the appointed Chairman of the Committee for the Coordination, Reception, Accommodation of SPLM/SPLA Advance Team, and the Minister of Finance and Economic Planing.
In addition to government officials and two members of SPLM/SPLA, already in Juba, the welcoming Committee also include Hon. Deng Alor, other members of former detainees and members of Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission.