Meetings in five states concluded by SSPDF, SPLA-IO
Forces of the two teams during a meeting in Bieh state on Saturday 10-11-2018 (Photo courtesy of SPLA-IO)
By David Mono Danga
There have been series of meetings lately between the South Sudan People’s Defence Forces (SSPDF) and their counterparts, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition across the country in a bid to reunite and implement the peace Agreement.
The SSPDF Army Spokesperson Maj. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang had told Juba Monitor on Friday that they have been conducting series of meetings with the SPLA-IO to provide them with the necessary logistics they need to regroup and prepare to be cantoned.
According to a press statement released by the SPLA-IO over the weekend, the two forces were able to meet again on Saturday in Bieh, Yei, Imotong and in Raja States.
The SPLA-IO Deputy Military Spokesperson Col. Lam Paul Gabriel added that the meeting between the SPLA-IO and SSPDF in Waat, Bieh State resolved to allow free movement and accessibility of the area by civilians and the army as directed by the top military leadership of the two forces.
The statement also indicated that those traveling will have to carry departure order and unarmed meanwhile cross cutting criminals such as cattle raiders and murderers shall be apprehended.
They also resolved to disseminate the protocol by the local authorities and Political leadership to streamline the network.
In Yei; “the SPLA-IO advance team formed of MI Combat unit met with their counterpart from SSPDF for confidence building in Kajo-Keji. The meeting aimed at paving way for the meeting of the senior commanders from both sides to happen soon,” the statement partly read.
Meanwhile in Torit state, the SPLA-IO forces around Magwi had a fruitful meeting with the SSPDF Commander, the Commissioners of Magwi and Ayaci and also the regime’s Governor of Torit.
And lastly in Raja state, a framework of confidence-building and dissemination of a culture of peace, last Friday was conducted where a group of SPLA-IO forces in Dulu military area, led by officer Mohammed with a two Platoon, visited Raja Town and met with the acting Governor of Raja State Peter Dut and Raja Military Command to deliver a message of peace to the citizens of Raja.
“Peace is loading on daily basis; congratulations to the SPLA-IO and SSPDF for taking lead in the R-ARCSS implementation process. Peace to all South Sudanese,” the statement concluded.
The two forces agreed that soldiers from both sides should be allowed and encouraged to interact freely with each other by visiting each other’s bases. It resolved that such movement shall be orchestrated by procession of departure orders and soldiers must be unarmed and in none uniform.