June 18, 2016
June 18, 2016 SPLA/IO and SPLA-IG didn’t Agree on Join Operation.
Mr Lul Ruai Koang’s Press No 11 On Raja Attack on Wednesday June 15, 2016, the Spokesperson of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Government (SPLA-IG), while “Updating on Evolving Security Situation in Raja”, Western Bahr Ghazal State (WBS), claimed that the “SPLA-IO top military leadership agreed to fight alongside SPLA-IG forces against anti-peace elements” in South Sudan.
It is for this reason that the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA-IO) would also like to inform the public that there was absolutely no such agreement between SPLA-IO and the SPLA-IG on fighting alongside each other against anyone and that the SPLA-IO was not consulted on the content of the “SPLA GHQRs – Press No. 11” in which Mr Lul Ruai Koang assumed the SPLA-IO leadership had consented to, nor was the SPLA-IO leadership informed about the nature of the attack on Raja.
The leadership of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA-IO) would like to remind Mr Lul Ruai Koang to never commit the same mistake of misinforming the public, misleading and misrepresenting the position of SPLA-IO and the SPLM/A-IO leadership on the implementation of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCISS), as Mr Ateny Wek Ateny, the Press Secretary of the President, did in the June 7, 2016 “South Sudan Needs Truth, Not Trials” article in the New York Times (NYT), in which he claimed he had “…the mandate and authority to write and speak on half of the whole Presidency” without the knowledge and consent of the First Vice President (FVP), Chairman and Commander-in-Chief of the SPLM/A-IO.
In fact, we in the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA-IO) were surprised to learn through Radio Tamazuj online publication that our partner to the Compromise Peace Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCISS) had not honored its commitment to “a complete withdrawal of all non-state security actors including [the Sudanese rebels], the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) [notwithstanding], from the territory of the Republic of South Sudan (RSS)”. Therefore, on behalf of the leadership of the SPLA–IO and on my own behalf, I would like to once again condemn the attack on Raja and convey our sincere condolences and sympathies to government and the people of Raja who lost their dear ones and whose properties were looted or destroyed in the attack.
The leadership of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO) would like to inform the people of South Sudan, the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and the international community that the SPLA-IO is committed to the full implementation of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCISS) because as a party to this agreement, the SPLA-IO forces are obliged to “refrain from prohibited actions outlined in the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement of 23rd January 2014” including “acts of hostility, intimidation and violence or attacks against the civilian population”, among others.
Major Dickson Gatluak Jock Nyuot,
Deputy spokesperson, SPLA-IO