June 9th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan’s army has withdrawn from the Safe Demilitarized Buffer Zone (SDBZ) with Sudan, a senior government official said Friday.
Michael Makuei Lueth, the country’s information minister, said during a press briefing to journalists following a weekly cabinet meeting on Friday that the army has withdrawn but said few who are in a gradual withdrawal are still there.
“Our forces have pulled out from some of the areas and some of the forces have not yet pulled out and so it was decided that the forces pull out of the safe demilitarized border zones,” the Radio Tamazuj quoted minister Makuei as saying.
“The demilitarized zone allows the civil administration and the other regular forces to stay in the area to provide protection for the civil population,” he added.
He said the cabinet has instructed the police to deploy forces in the area to oversee security there.
“The presence of the police forces in the demilitarized border zones will provide protection to the civilian population,” he said.