South Sudan rebel leader declares permanent ceasefire

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[ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia] – South Sudan’s former vice president, Riek Machar on Friday, 28 August, declared permanent ceasefire and directed all his armed opposition forces to fully implement it as of midnight of 29 August 2015. In a statement he communicated to all units of the rebel forces, Machar directed his chief of general staff, Major General Simon Gatwech Dual, to implement the order in accordance with the IGAD Plus compromise peace agreement. In Machar's statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Friday evening, Machar ordered that. “All forces [SPLA-IO] are to remain alert in their current positions and to act only on self defence or respond upon aggression,” the statement reads.

The ceasefire declaration by the top armed opposition leader, now the first vice president-designate, comes a day after president Salva Kiir has declared to cease fire also with effect from midnight 29 August 2015. This is accordance with the provision on ceasefire in the peace agreement which calls on both warring parties to declare permanent ceasefire 72 hours after the signing of the deal.

The two parties, according to the peace accord, are expected to work out the process of disengagement of forces as well as demilitarization of the capital, Juba, Bor, Malakal and Bentiu and with deployment of joint integrated police forces in the cities. This exercise is expected to begin from the three months of pre-transitional period before formation of transitional government of national unity. A work shop to bring together senior military officers of the two rival forces is expected to be organized in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, next week for the preparations in implementing the security arrangements.

While the two principles declared ceasefire, The Insider reported that the powerful defector general Peter Gatdet denouncing and rejecting peace deal signed by both President Kiir and rebel leader Machar.  

Source By Sudan Tribune with additional editing by TCT

[ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia] – South Sudan’s former vice president, Riek Machar on Friday, 28 August, declared permanent ceasefire and directed all his armed opposition forces to fully implement it as of midnight of 29 August 2015. In a statement he communicated to all units of the rebel forces, Machar directed his chief of general staff, Major General Simon Gatwech Dual, to implement the order in accordance with the IGAD Plus compromise peace agreement. In Machar's statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Friday evening, Machar ordered that. “All forces [SPLA-IO] are to remain alert in their current positions and to act only on self defence or respond upon aggression,” the statement reads.

The ceasefire declaration by the top armed opposition leader, now the first vice president-designate, comes a day after president Salva Kiir has declared to cease fire also with effect from midnight 29 August 2015. This is accordance with the provision on ceasefire in the peace agreement which calls on both warring parties to declare permanent ceasefire 72 hours after the signing of the deal.

The two parties, according to the peace accord, are expected to work out the process of disengagement of forces as well as demilitarization of the capital, Juba, Bor, Malakal and Bentiu and with deployment of joint integrated police forces in the cities. This exercise is expected to begin from the three months of pre-transitional period before formation of transitional government of national unity. A work shop to bring together senior military officers of the two rival forces is expected to be organized in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, next week for the preparations in implementing the security arrangements.

While the two principles declared ceasefire, The Insider reported that the powerful defector general Peter Gatdet denouncing and rejecting peace deal signed by both President Kiir and rebel leader Machar.  

Source By Sudan Tribune with additional editing by TCT

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