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Peace partners agree on ‘compromise’ security for Juba

Author : | Published: Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission says the parties to the Peace Agreement have accepted compromise security arrangements for Juba, which he presented this morning.

The tentative agreement says the SPLM-In Opposition will deploy 1,370 forces instead of more than 2,000 troops demanded by their leader, Dr. Riek Machar.

JMEC chairman, Festus Gontebanye Mogae, told the media after the meeting that he hoped the SPLA-IO forces will be in Juba before the end of this month.

“We have just had this tentative agreement that the Opposition have accepted the compromise …the government has said they have no problem with that number which we have proposed and the Opposition has accepted for the compromise,” Mr Fesuts said.

“The opposition themselves, they countered the compromise proposal. They made [a proposal] – and we have accepted—of bringing about half of what they had originally asked. The government said that they are comfortable with, that they are agreeable,” he said.

“That gives me hope that within the next two weeks we could have the First Vice President inside South Sudan.”

Mr. Festus said that donors have also accepted to transport the SPLA-IO forces to Juba.

The Minister of Information, Michael Makuei, says the Transitional Government of National Unity will be stablished as soon as Dr. Riek returns to Juba.

But he says the bodyguards of Dr. Riek must first arrive before the end of this month.

“As soon as these forces are brought in, the Transitional Government of National Unity will be established, and if they are not brought in, then Riek Machar will not be coming,” Mr Makuei told reporters.

“It is upon the arrival of Riek Machar that the government will be established. So when you hear that Riek is arriving, get prepared for the TGoNU,” he said.

Members of the SPLM in Opposition did not speak to the media.

The next meeting of the JMEC will be on the 9th of next month.

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