In a meeting held within the framework of the confidence-building measures between the local military commanders of the two peace partners in Kajo-Keji on 12 November, they decided to deploy joint forces to repel any attack by NAS-S and to clear several areas of rebel presence.
However, in a follow-up meeting held on 15 November, the South Sudan People’s Defence Forces (SSPDF) and the SPLA-IO reversed their decision and decided to give a chance for the ceasefire implementation body (CTSAMM) to convince them to stop hostilities.
“The SSPDF and SPLA-IO overruled the resolution of the meeting held in Kajo Keji on 12/11/2018 in regards to the joint operations against negative forces that may come in the area,” said SPLA-IO Military Spokesperson Lam Paul Gabriel in a statement released after the meeting.
“The teams agreed to let CTSAMM talk to any other force in Yei River State and any other places in South Sudan to embrace peace so that civilians move and live freely in peace and harmony,” he further added.
NAS is not a signatory to the revitalized peace agreement but says committed to the cessation of hostilities agreement of 21 December 2017 which they signed with the other warring parties.
Lam said they agreed that CTSAMM team would conduct workshops to the field commanders of both forces and local authorities on the security arrangements of South Sudan revitalized peace agreement.
These workshops will “equip them with knowledge of the security arrangements”.
Also, the SPLA-Io will establish a military liaison office in the SSPDF bases in Kaya, Morobo and Yei to help coordinate information and activities of the two forces.