South Sudan: Rebel group accuses SPLM-IO of ceasefire violation

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Members of South Sudanese rebel group the Federal Democratic Party (FDP) have accused Riek Machar’s Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) of violating the country’s ceasefire.

Spokesman Changkouth Bichiock Reth for the coalition of opposition parties, the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA) say SPLM-IO troops attacked FDP forces in Kotkea near Nasir town in Upper Nile State and captured two of its senior commanders.

SPLM-IO denies knowledge of ‘attack’

South Sudan’s leading opposition group, the SPLM-IO, says it is unaware of any attack in Upper Nile although the group has confirmed one person was arrested in Nasir.

The accusations come as another rebel group in South Sudan, the rebel National Salvation (NAS), accuse the SPLM-IO of mobilising its forces in Yei River state, in preparation to attack its forces in the area.

SSOA spokesman, Changkouth Bichiock Reth, is calling for peace monitors to place pressure upon the SPLM-IO to respect the ceasefire signed between South Sudan’s government and rebel groups on September 12.

South Sudan has been embroiled in a brutal civil war for five years and the country’s tentative peace deal is the only thing preventing further conflict. All previous peace deals have failed and ceasefire agreements violated.

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.