Il portavoce dell’Esercito del Sud Sudan (SPLA), Philip Aguer, ha dichiarato che le forze ribelli, fedeli all’ex vicepresidente Riek Machar, stanno progettando un attacco contro Bor, capitale dello stato di Jonglei.
I “ribelli” dell’esercito – di etnia Nuer – hanno preso il controllo di Bor pochi giorni dopo il conflitto, scoppiato il 15 dicembre nella capitale Juba, con i membri della guardia presidenziale -di etnia Dinka – L’esercito fedele al Presidente ha ripreso il controllo di Bor il 24 dicembre.
A spokesperson for the dissident forces on Saturday said their troops briefly withdrew from Bor town for “tactical” reasons, admitting that government forces were in control.
“It is only [a matter] time for our forces to reclaim the town to prevent targeted lynching of individuals on suspensions of their loyalties”, partly reads a statement extended to Sudan Tribune.
The United Nations says that 120,000 people have been displaced and over 1,000 people killed since the fighting spread from Juba to Jonglei, as well as the oil-producing states of Unity and Upper Nile.
“We have information that forces loyal to Riek Machar are believed to be preparing a fresh offensive on Bor. We don’t know the number, but it is estimated 25,000 youths from the Lou Nuer [tribe] have been mobilised to participate in the attack”, Aguer told reporters.
South Sudan’s information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth, accused Machar of mobilising young men from his Nuer tribe to rise up against the government.
“Riek Machar has decided to mobilise the youth in the name of his tribe. This is unacceptable. He is putting in danger the lives of these innocent youth”, Lueth said in an interview on government-owned broadcasters on Saturday.
FIGHTING IN UNITY STATE
Aguer said government troops had clashed and repelled attacks by forces loyal to Machar in Unity state, where the SPLA’s state division commander defected a week ago.
The “SPLA is fighting back”, Aguer said, adding “it is the other side that is attacking us”.
East African body, the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has said that negotiations will begin before the end of the year, but there were no signs that a ceasefire agreement was being observed on Saturday.
It is feared that the situation is likely to continue unabated unless regional leaders expedite the process of negotiations.
Earlier, South Sudanese vice-president James Wani said his government was ready to begin negotiations earlier than the initial period put forward by regional leaders in a bid to end the violence.
“We are ready to meet even before that. It is now up to Machar to accept the ceasefire”, said Igga.
Source Sudan Tribune