The Leadership Of The SPLM/SPLA (In Opposition) Condemns In The Strongest Terms The Continued Offensive By Government Forces, Which Started On 08/03/2016

Press Release,

SPLM

SPLM

March 14, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —— The forces of the government attacked SPLM/SPLA (in opposition) positions ten kilometers (10km) east of Nassir Town; the government forces also attacked SPLM/SPLA (in opposition) positions in Pandanyang, Torpuot and Nyatot Payams on the eastern bank of River Sobat. The SPLM/SPLA (in opposition) calls on the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) to investigate these blatant violations committed by rogue government military commanders, who continue to wage war despite the signing of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCISS).

The SPLM/SPLA (in opposition) takes this opportunity to renew its call to President Salva Kiir, to rein in on the hardliners in his government; who I addition to these attacks, are making peace impossible in a myriad of other ways. The hardliners in the government continue to illegally detain and torture journalists, as witnessed by the most recent incident of Afandy Joseph Deng. This type of unruly behavior can only create a negative environment for the implementation of the ARCISS.

The hardliners in the government should not misinterpret the SPLM/SPLA (in opposition) desire for peace as weakness; the Movement wants to give the ARCISS a chance. The contention of the SPLM/SPLA (in opposition) is that the implementation of the ARCISS presents the best opportunity for the people of South Sudan to extricate themselves from the senseless war which has been imposed on them. The forces of the SPLM in opposition, however, remain vigilant and shall continue to exercise the natural right of self-defense – while using all means to persuade the government to abandon the pursuit of a military solution to the conflict.

The full implementation of the ARCISS is the only solution to end the war and embark on national development.

 

Signed:

Cde Mabior Garang De Mabior (Chairman)

SPLM National Committee for Information and Public Relations

Nairobi, Kenya

+254 717 293 583(Mabior Garang)

+211 956 433 336 (Puok Both – Director of Information and Public Relations)


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