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Waat attack will not stop revitalization process -Koang

By Morris Dogga

The ongoing clashes between the government and the rebels allied to the former First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar will not endanger the revitalization process of the peace agreement, the Army spokesperson said on Monday at a press conference in the army headquarters, Bilpham.

Responding to questions from Journalists about the fate of the revitalization forum, Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang said the attack on their position in Waat by the rebels was just to blackmail the SPLA and the international community.

“I think the intention is that they want to impose themselves to the people in South Sudan in particular and are trying to blackmail the international community that they have a presence,” he said.

The fighting in Waat came just a day after the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) released a timetable for the revitalization process to start.

Early this month, the regional body, IGAD issued the schedule for the revitalization forum to start consultations with South Sudanese leaders and other citizens on ways of revitalizing the implementation of the agreement.

Brig. Gen. Koang said the timing of the attack was to blackmail the International community and the SPLA adding that the SPLA is not ready to be blackmailed.

“I don’t think it is going to change the direction or the course of events. I don’t think it is going to have any impact on the revitalization process,” Koang said.

Fighting broke out on Sunday morning between government and rebels’ forces allied to Dr. Riek Machar in Waat, the capital of Bieh state.

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