South Sudan Rebels Declared Peace with the Government of South Sudan
Mayom, April 26, 2013 (SSNA) — The leadership of South Sudan Liberation Army, South Sudan Democratic Army and South Sudan Defense Forces has declared peace with the government of South Sudan starting from April, 26, 2013. All the rebels will start interacting with the SPLA army without any confrontation to bring peace to our country. We have ordered all rebel forces to move to the areas controlled by the SPLA to achieve peace.
Today, 5,000 forces of SSLA have moved to Mayom County as part of the ongoing peace process President Salva Kiir Mayardit has called for since January, 2013. On April, 24, President Kiir issued amnesty to all rebels to facilitate peace in our country. As a result of that, the South Sudan rebel groups declared that they would move to areas under the control of the SPLA army.
The SSLA forces, under the command of Maj. Gen. Mathews Pul Jang, were received warmly today by the SPLA Division Four commander, Maj. Gen. James Koang in Mayom. The atmosphere was very warm that women and children started ululating and singing for the spirit of brotherhood that has come to South Sudan.
Within a week, a delegation that is composed of Lt. Gen. Gordon Koang Chol, Maj. Gen. Bapiny Monytuil, Maj. Gen. Johnson Olony, Maj. Gen. Karlo Kuol and Mr. Gordon Buay will land in Juba to meet President Salva Kiir Mayardit to finalize the integration of all rebel forces to the SPLA army.
The leadership of SSLA, SSDA and SSDF is very thankful to President Kiir for promoting the unity of the people of South Sudan. Since January, the government of South Sudan has been in contact with the political leaders of rebel forces to stop rebellion and join the government. The kindness and leadership of President Kiir have convinced us that the president is a man of peace who wants to see development in South Sudan.
Our leadership is also very delighted with the interest for peace and unity demonstrated by Lt. Gen. James Hoth Mai, the SPLA Chief-of-staff, who joined President Kiir in reaching out to all rebels to end rebellion and join the government to develop South Sudan. Since January, Lt. Gen. James Hoth has been working very hard to persuade all the rebels to end the war and he has succeeded today.
Because South Sudan needs development, peace and forgiveness, we have decided to end rebellion in South Sudan and ordered all rebel forces to interact with the SPLA until the integration is complete. From today, there will be no more war in Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile States.