JMEC: Transportation Of 1,370 SPLM/A-In Opposition Troops To Juba Completed

The office of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) on Monday announced that the transportation of the 1,370 members of the SPLM/A-IO forces to Juba has been completed.

JMEC: Transportation Of 1,370 SPLM/A-In Opposition Troops To Juba Completed
SPLM-A-IO Troops in Juba [Photo| Jok P. Mayom]

By Jok P Mayom

JUBA, 11 April 2016 [Gurtong]-The office of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) on Monday announced that the transportation of the 1,370 members of the SPLM/A-IO forces to Juba has been completed.
The JMEC Deputy Chairperson, Mr. Francois L. Fall, expressed his gratitude to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) for its efforts to support the air and ground movement of the forces.

“As of 10th April, 2016, 1,370 SPLM/A (In Opposition) troops and police have been transported from Malakal to Juba on a combination of United Nations and chartered aircraft, as required by phase one of the transitional security arrangements plan agreed on 24 February” said JMEC in a statement to the media on Monday.

 Mr. Francois hails UNMISS in its provision of engineering assistance in Juba, and lauded China, Ethiopia, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States for the financial and in-kind contributions for the success of the operation.

Hon. Michael Makuei Lueth, Government spokesperson described the arrival of the SPLM/A-IO troops as a milestone that marks implementation of the Agreement signed in August 2015.

“We are happy to receive them in Juba. We will expect the arrival of Dr. Riek Machar, the First Vice President Designate of the Republic of South Sudan” Makuei said earlier as he hails the move.

Dr. Machar, however, recently adjourned his home return which was slated by JMEC to be April 12th saying he will come to Juba on April 18th.

“I am therefore confirming the date of my arrival to be 18th April 2016 and thereafter form with President Kiir, the Transitional Government of National Unity and hold the Transitional National Council of Ministers” Dr. Machar said in a letter dated 06th April 2016 addressed to JMEC seen by Gurtong.

The forces of the SPLM/A-IO are currently stationed in two sites equipped with water points, sanitation facilities and tents with the support of UNMISS located in Jebel Kujur.
Lt. Gen. James Koang Chuol Ranley, SPLM/A-IO Deputy Chief of General Staff for Operation who also leads the opposition in the Joint Military Ceasefire Committee (JMCC), on Thursday, April 07th 2016 visited the site of their forces in Jebel Kujur to inspect the cantonment site which he applauded.

Commencing Thursday March 24th 2016, UNMISS extended its logistical support to the transportation of SPLM/A-IO troops from Malakal to Juba as part of its mandate in support of the Peace Agreement and its implementation through assistance to the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC).

The first airlift took place when the mission used its air assets to transport, from Pagak via Malakal to Juba, 22 high ranking officers including Generals of the SPLM/A-IO reportedly to become leadership for the Joint Integrated Police.

Flights and subsequent airlift resumed on Monday, 28 March, of 39 SPLM/A-IO soldiers, from Malakal to Juba, including their light personal weapons.

UNMISS continues as part of its contribution to the incoming movement of SPLM/A-IO to Juba, consistent with the agreed transitional security arrangements, the Mission from March 24th through 1st April has been transporting on a 40-passenger a day rotation from Malakal to Juba.

 The long awaited formation of the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) to pave the way for the Unity Government is yet to be formed after the arrival of the opposition leader Dr. Machar.

JMEC, headed by the former President of Botswana, Festus G. Mogae, is a body established by the peace agreement to oversee and monitor its full implementation and make parties abide by the peace deal signed in August 2015 in ending two years of war in the Republic of South Sudan.


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