Suth Sudan rebels accuse government of attacks after ceasefire deal

Africa Sustainable Conservation News

Reuters

By Carl Odera

JUBA          Fri Jan 24, 2014

SPLA soldiers secure Bor airport, 200 km (124 miles) north of Juba, a day after its recapture by government SPLA forces January 19, 2014. REUTERS/George Philipas

SPLA soldiers secure Bor airport, 200 km (124 miles) north of Juba, a day after its recapture by government SPLA forces January 19, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/George Philipas

JUBA (Reuters) – South Sudanese rebels said on Friday government forces had attacked their positions a day after the two sides signed a ceasefire deal, but the government denied the accusation.

Thursday night’s agreement in neighbouring Ethiopia allowed for a 24-hour window for the ceasefire to take effect, meaning any clashes would not be in violation of an accord which took almost three weeks to negotiate.

But the reports of continuing conflict reflect the deep distrust between President Salva Kiir and rebel fighters, who include those loyal to former vice president Riek Machar as well as more autonomous groups.

“Kiir’s forces’ attacks on our defensive positions in Unity and Jonglei states are clear…

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