Civil Society Organization Says Juba Still Not Demilitarized

The Executive Director for Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) on Sunday said that Juba city is still not demilitarized as required by the Agreement on Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan signed between SPLM-IO and the government in Juba.

Civil Society Organization Says Juba Still Not Demilitarized
Edmund Yakani, Executive Director for Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) [File Photo]

By Ariik Atekdit

JUBA, 18 May 2016 [Gurtong] - Edmund Yakani, CEPO’s Executive Director said that the Transitional Government of National Unity must respect the peace deal and implement it accordingly.

Yakani advocated that the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (JMEC) should continue toinform the public on the demilitarization of Juba and other towns of Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile.

The ARCISS agreement stipulated that Juba city must be demilitarized during the Transitional Government of National Unity period (TGONU) and that military barracks must be 25 kilometers way from the town centre.

Government officials and SPLA Headquarters have said that the army has been sent out of town while the SPLA-IO has frequently charged the government of attacking its cantonment sites in Western Equatoria and Western Bahr el Ghazal.

However, the government rejected the existence of opposition troops in the region.

Yakani said that the transitional governmentmust speed up the implementation of the agreement and settle the disagreement over the temporary accommodation areas for SPLM-IO troops.


 

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