South Sudan First Vice President, Riek Machar, also the chairman and C-in-C of SPLM/A forces has signed into effect the unanimous nomination of four senior commanders.
The four are; General Dau Aturjong the commander of Northern Bhar el Ghazal forces and deputy chief of General Staff for Training (Nairobi), Maj Gen James Koang, deputy Chief of General Staff of Operations (Pagak), Maj Gen Martin Terensio Kenyi, deputy Chief of General Staff for Moral Orientation (Nairobi) and Brig Gen Thoi Chany Reat, director General for National Security and General Intelligence Service (Pagak).
This is in line with the establishment of unified command, as per the signed peace agreement.
He has also named the 8 military officers who will participate in the Permanent ceasefire and transitional security Arrangements (PCTSA) workshop in Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa in the regards of full implementation of IGAD PLUS compromise peace agreement on resolution of the conflict in the Republic of South Sudan.
They are; Brig Gen Gatkhor Gatluak, Brig Gen Gatwech Yeiy Roam, Brig Gen Dhiling Ajak Deng, Cde Yien Oral Lam Tut, Col James Duop Gatleak, Lt Col Saed Adam Saed Bandas and Cde Martin Abucha.
Also on the security thematic team is Machar’s wife, Cde Angelina Teny (Addis Ababa), Cde Dhieu Mathok Ding (Khartoum) and Col Elijah Tut Bikot (Nairobi).
Members of the national Constitutional Amendment Committee are; Cde Henry Dilah Odwar (Nairobi) and Cde Biel Butrus Rwai Biel (Uganda).
US threatens sanctions
In a statement by Mark Toner, Deputy Spokesperson, US embassy in Juba, the United States condemned the recent fighting in Jonglei State and Upper Nile State in South Sudan.
“We call on all parties to immediately cease provocative action and hostile engagement, and to further develop security arrangements at the planned security workshop starting September 5.”
The US said a recent ceasefire declarations by the Government of South Sudan and the opposition, ordering all forces to cease military operations on August 29, were welcomed as a step toward implementation of the agreement that now binds the parties.
“However, recent fighting by forces on both sides runs contrary to those orders and the terms of the peace agreement.”
US warned that anyone acting to spoil the peace agreement implementation will face consequences.
“To this end, we will work with Security Council partners to pursue, as needed, sanctions as authorized by UNSC resolution 2206.”
“The United States will continue to stand with those who choose peace and are committed to faithful implementation of the agreement.”