South Sudan faces a resurgence of full-fledged war: SPLM-IO official.
A spokesman for the armed opposition (SPLM-IO) cautioned that if peace partners continue to engage in hostile actions, South Sudan might revert to a full-fledged civil war.
Colonel Lam Paul Gabriel explained on Monday that new skirmishes between government troops and those linked with the armed opposition in Upper Nile state had restarted, causing enormous displacements and the loss of lives and property.
“On March 20, 2022, at approximately 8:30 a.m., the SSPDF [South Sudan People’s Defence Forces] launched an aggressive simultaneous attack against the SPLA-IO positions at Jekou, Lolyang, WangKuarbiy, and Kwerkeam, in violation of the cessation of hostilities agreement signed on December 21, 2017,” he said.
The SPLM-IO spokesman warned that such acts of military aggression were a sign that the nation was on the verge of another war if government troops did not cease their hostilities by striking their forces’ locations.
“These continual purposeful aggressions against the SPLA-IO demonstrate not just a lack of political will, but also a willingness to return the country to full-scale war,” he said.
The SPLM/A-IO leadership, according to Lam, has urged its field commanders to be watchful while they seek the best possible ways to resolve the issue.
The CTSAMM had to postpone its technical committee meeting on Monday after armed opposition representatives in the institution walked out over reported assaults in Unity and Upper Nile states.
The committee members met to examine the status of the security arrangements’ implementation as well as to review prior conversations.
According to political commentators, relations between President Salva Kiir and his deputy Riek Machar have never been cordial, resulting in delays in implementing crucial elements of the 2018 renewed peace deal.
According to observers, the two leaders have not prioritized creating trust and confidence between themselves and agreeing to work together harmoniously by promoting the spirit of reconciliation, compromise, and conversation expressed by the agreement.