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MALONG Forces to be flashed out

     Michael Makuei Lueth (File Photo)                                           Gen. Paul Malong Awan [File Photo]

By Morris Dogga

The government has threatened to use force to flash out General Paul Malong from the areas where the presence of his forces has been noticed.

The government Spokesperson Michael Makuei Lueth said on Tuesday that the government would thrash Malong’s forces out of the areas anytime.

“We have not signed any Cessation of Hostilities Agreement with General Malong. We can thrash them out anytime and nobody can ask us,” Makuei said.

Makuei was speaking during a briefing of the Women Parliamentarian Caucus on the progress of the High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) at the Transitional National Legislative Assembly on Tuesday.

Makuei further stated that General Malong had not been accepted to participate in the HLRF.

Last week, the army spokesperson Brigadier General Lul Ruai Koang told Juba Monitor that the army had gathered credible evidence that General Malong’s forces were seen entering South Sudan from Lol State at the border with Sudan.

Lul said Malong’s forces liaised with Dr. Riek Machar’s forces to carry out attacks on the positions of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in Lol State.

Lul accused General Malong of blackmailing the international community to include him in the IGAD led High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) due to kick off today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The deputy spokesperson of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO) Lam Paul Gabriel issued a statement on Sunday denying the allegations and instead claimed that it was the government forces that attacked their base in Lol State.

General Malong formed his movement dubbed South Sudan United Front/Army (SSUF/A) early this year to topple President Kiir’s regime. He had also expressed willingness to be part of the peace talks.

The High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) is starting today at the Ethiopian Capital Addis Ababa. The government delegation left yesterday.

The parties seem to be taking a tough stand on their position as they had not agreed on some of the outstanding issues on governance during the Interparty consultations held last week.

The government delegation maintained that the incumbent President, the First Vice President and the Vice President be maintained.  The Opposition Alliance had proposed that the presidency should comprise of five members with a rotational Presidential Council.




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