11 May 2014

South Sudan Army, Rebels Trade Accusations Over Ceasefire Violations

South Sudan's army and rebel forces accused each other on Sunday of violating a ceasefire hours after it came into effect, charges that will frustrate ... ( Resource: South Sudan's Army, Rebels Accuse Each Other Of Breaking Ceasefire )

Addis Ababa/Juba — The rebel SPLM-In-Opposition Sunday accused the South Sudanese army of breaching Addis Ababa agreement, claiming that its troops launched a series of attacks on their positions in Unity and Upper Nile states.

However the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) spokesperson Philip Aguer spokesperson denied the accusation saying that that their forces were attacked in Unity state by rebels allied to the vice-president, Riek Machar.

In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Sunday, rebel spokesperson Lul Ruai Koang said that the army shelled their positions in Upper Nile state on Saturday evening.

Koang further said they repulsed an attack on Guit county, adding that the SPLA soldiers backed by Sudanese rebels are currently "in active combat for the control of Bentiu.

"This is a lie. Our forces did not carry out any attack in Unity state. The rebels are still in control of Bentiu and they are the ones attacking our positions", SPLA spokesperson said by phone on Sunday.

The army, Aguer stressed, would adhere to the provisions of the ceasefire agreement government signed with the opposition forces in Ethiopia on Friday.

The two warring parties on Friday recommitted themselves to a cessation of hostilities agreement signed on 23 January but never observed.

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