Machar, Kiir declare permanent ceasefire


Kiir and Machar

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir on Thursday issued a republican order for the declaration of a permanent ceasefire to implement the compromise peace agreement on the resolution of the conflict in South Sudan.

Kiir, who doubles as commander in chief of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), directed the SPLA Chief of General Staff Paul Malong Awan to implement the execution of the order from midnight 29 August.

The president ordered the SPLA forces to cease any military operations across South Sudan, while remaining  vigilant in their current locations and positions and that they should fight back only in self-defense when attacked.

Yesterday, the Chairman and Commander-in-Chief of SPLM/SPLA, Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, also announced a declaration of Permanent Ceasefire with effect from midnight, 29 August, 2015.

Machar, the designated First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, according to peace terms, has communicated to all units of rebel forces through the Chief of General Staff, Major General Simon Gatwech Dual.

Machar’s spokesman, James Gatdet Dak, advised members and supporters of SPLM/SPLA on social media to also expected to cease fire and act only on self defense.

Machar, together with SPLM-G10 leader, Pagan Amum, signed the peace deal on 17 August but Salva Kiir concluded the peace deal by sighing it in Juba on 26 August.

Machar, African Union and the international community also appealed to Kiir to ignore his earlier reservations on the signed agreement.

IGAD said it is ready to implement the signed peace agreement.

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