Today 8/11/2018, in the afternoon, the SPLA IO forces based around Yei sent a team of nine (9) Officers to have a meeting with their counterpart from the SSPDF in SSPDF HQ, Yei. This was in accordance to the directives of the Chief of staffs of the SPLA IO and SSPDF respectively to, ease the implementation of the Revitalized peace agreement.
The SPLA IO team was led by Brig. Gen Sammy Logeleng Samson , the Deputy CDR of Division 2B, Sector 8 and he was deputized by Brig. Gen. Peter Wal Chol from the National Mobile force. On the other hand, the SSPDF being the host, had enough officers from different units led by Gen. Malong the regime’s CDR in Yei.
The meeting was so fruitful and promising towards the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement. The major points discussed and agreed upon were as follows among others.
Soldiers from both sides should be allowed and encourage to interact freely with each other by visiting each other’s bases; they should move with departure orders and must be unarmed and in none uniform.
Roads from Yei to Lainya, Lasu and Kaya will be opened to civilians to move freely and there will be no detention or checking unless a person is carrying a gun and wearing uniform.
Both teams recognized the presence of NAS TC and therefore agreed to put posts along the roads to protect civilians using these roads.
Agreed to render humanitarian organizations unhindered access to the most vulnerable population so that basic services can be provided to them.
The SPLA IO leadership applauds both teams for the breakthrough during this meeting and asks them to continue with this interaction informally so that final peace can be attained. Peace ✌.
Col. Lam Paul Gabriel
SPLA IO Deputy Military Spokesperson.