National salvation front (NAS) accuses government of military build up in Central and Western Equatoria state

Tuesday September 22, 2020( SS24News)

The Leadership of National Salvation Front (NAS) would like to inform its members, supporters, the people of South Sudan and members of International Community about the latest South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF) on-going military build-up in both Lo’bonok and Mundri areas of Central and Western Equatoria States respectively.

NAS command on the ground is closely monitoring the suspicious troop movements of SSPDF in Mundri and Lo’bonok areas. This latest build-up is in preparation to attack NAS positions again in Central and Western Equatoria State.

In Mundri, the SSPDF dispatched reinforcements of five (5) Lorries full of soldiers from Baher El Gazal and they are now stationed in Jambo. While in Lo’bonok, the SSPDF has been pressing on with their military plans to attack NAS positions by expanding their presence and using bulldozers in opening up access roads to NAS locations.

Recently the SSPDF denied United Nation Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) peace keepers’ access to Lo’bonok to establish temporary base for the protection of civilians. This was purposely to cover up these on-going malicious military activities.
These military activities of SSPDF are blatant violation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (CoHA) as it is likely to end up in violent attacks on NAS forces which subsequently will cause humanitarian catastrophe.

NAS assures its members and supporters that this planned offensive will not succeed. The gallant NAS forces will defend their positions, the lives and the property of the civilian population.

NAS reiterates its commitment to the Cessions of Hostilities Agreement (CoHA) signed on 21st December 2017 in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, and to the Rome Declaration signed on 12th January 2020 in Rome Italy. NAS however, reserves the right to self-defense.

Suba Samuel Manase
NAS Spokesman.

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