Juba, January 16, 2019 (SSNA) — Military leaders of the South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO) have warned the National Salvation Front (NAS) of consequences if refuses to accept peace, saying the group is threatening the September revitalized peace agreement.
In a news conference in Juba, SPLA-IO Deputy Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. James Koang Chuol Ranley and SSPDF General Chief of Staff Gabriel Jok Riak criticized NAS leader Thomas Cirillo for refusing to sign the deal and urge him to accept peace or face military actions.
“Cirillo is not a big threat but is a big threat because we are for peace,” James Koang said, adding, “He is not a big threat in terms of forces.”
Meanwhile SSPDF Chief of Staff accuses the NAS of being against the peace in the country.
“He is a threat to peace and agreement,” Gabriel Jok declared.
The SSPDF chief also accuses Cirillo of looting property and raping of women. The two military leaders further call on the East African region, African Union, and the internal community to put maximum pressure on the National Salvation Front.