S. Sudan army denies amassing troops in Equatoria for dry season offensive

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December 1, 2016 (JUBA) - The command of South Sudan army (SPLA), denied on
Thursday a report by United Nations mission in the country presented to
it’s Security Council that it had facilitated and moved into Greater
Equatoria region in support of an anticipated dry season offensive against
armed opposition fighters.

South Sudanese SPLA soldiers are pictured in Pageri in Eastern Equatoria
state on August 20, 2015 (Photo AFP/Samir Bol)

The United Nations mission in the country, in a Thursday press release said
the army’s move a ploy to “building a case for a regime change and
sanctions".

The SPLA has, however, acknowledged that activities taking place in the
region were rotation of soldiers, who have been serving in the area for the
two years."These are not militias, but SPLA soldiers. They [UNMISS] are
twisting this for reasons known to them," partly reads the statement.

It equated the ongoing military activities to regular military changes like
the one the United States and other countries in the western world
undertake in order to ensure continuity of the operation.

"In America, don’t they rotate their troops? Those soldiers in Iraq and
Afghanistan have they continuously been there since 2001? So what is this
fuse? There should not be a panic. The public needs to remain calm and know
that there is no building up of troops in the Equatoria region. It is just
normal rotation of troops. Even our commanding officers are subject to
regular movement. We rotated them last time. We took the one who was in Wau
to Renk. And the one in Renk to Bentiu and so forth, this is done to ensure
continuity of the command and operations”, it added.

This comes after ceasefire monitors also claimed they were denied access to
the restive town of Yei but the SPLA spokesman denied it a deliberate
action and explained that the SPLA had not been notified.

Brigadier Gen. Lul Ruai Koang, who speaks for government forces said, in a
statement, that "the agreement says, whenever CTSAMM is going for
assessment, for verification, they must have on their team representatives
from the SPLA and from the SPLA-IO. In this case, none of those parties was
present in the team that had wanted to go to Yei".

He further added that CTSAMM will be allowed to go to Yei once they adhere
to proper procedures and protocols as per the agreement.

(ST)

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1 DECEMBER 19:48, BY jur_likang_a_ likan’g

When has this government ever told the truth for consumption? What we hear
is misinformation, lies while rape, looting, massacre goes on unabated.
Even with pictorial evidence, eye witnesses of these massacres the
government denies its evil acts without shame. The innocent civilians
continue to die in this war of occupation Equatorian, Fertit, Shilluk and
Nuer lands.

REPONDRE MESSAGE

1 DECEMBER 21:33, BY Naath

Tribal gang army kills anything seem to living things but not Dinka in
South Sudan.

REPONDRE MESSAGE

2 DECEMBER 04:49, BY Dinka-Defender-General

Repositioning the soldiers is a normal route and we need to drive out the
bandits or criminals out the Equatoria areas during the Summer. Thus, be
ready to confront the Mighty SPLA soldiers. There is no denying soldiers
are coming to the Equatoria areas.

REPONDRE MESSAGE

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