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AMADI - 3 Jun 2019

About 2,000 SPLA-IO forces arrive at cantonment site in Amadi

Opposition forces allied to Riek Machar’s SPLA-IO arrived for cantonment in Kotobi County of South Sudan’s Amadi state, a military official said on Sunday.

Major General Fan Sisimaya Taban, the commander of SPLA-IO Division 9 told Radio Tamazuj that more than 2,000 troops from Maridi and Amadi states have reported to Ngiri, a cantonment site in Kotobi County on Saturday.

Taban said this is a great step and will accelerate the implementation of security arrangements in the revitalized peace deal.

He stated they are ready to work with the state authorities but added they face many challenges including lack of food, clean drinking water, medicine as well as schools for their children.

For his part, Amadi state deputy governor, Manasseh Deboi confirmed that government forces welcomed the opposition forces at Ngiri on Saturday and formally handed over the camp.

"Amadi and Maridi will be in one center in Ngiri to assemble the opposition forces, and this will push the peace agreement forward and facilitate freedom of movement between all the counties," he said.