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Sudan People's Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO)

Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) late Saturday said the unification of forces was on the course ahead of the formation of a unity government slated for November.

Angelina Teny, chairperson of Strategic Defense and Security Review Board said the chief of South Sudan People’s Defense forces and opposition deputy chief of staff have started screening and registration of forces, adding that about 68,600 security personnel have been approved.

Angelina Teny is the wife of opposition leader Riek Machar, who is the former deputy president of South Sudan.

Teny said the implementation of the revitalized agreement on the resolution of the conflict in South Sudan is making significant progress despite contentions that have not been solved.

“We have so far registered 68,600 personnel which comprise police, army, national security and we are remaining only with 14,400 forces to complete the estimated number of unified forces,” Teny said.

She spoke during a one-day forum organized by the Pre-Transitional National Committee, a body tasked to oversee the implementation of the Sept. 12 deal supported by the UN mission in South Sudan.

Teny said that by next week, the parties will provide a comprehensive report on the work of the cantonment verification assessment.

“This translates that the security arrangements and peace implementation is progressing well even though we are behind the schedule. These challenges will not prevent us from implementing the agreement in letter and spirit,” said Teny.

She reiterated her party commitment to peace and unity despite unresolved issues surrounding the formation of a new unity government.

South Sudan descended into conflict in December 2013.

The conflict has displaced millions both internally and externally. A peace deal signed in 2015 collapsed after renewed violence in July 2016.

In September 2018, the warring South Sudanese parties signed a revitalized peace deal, in which Machar will take up one of the four vice presidency positions in the transitional government. Enditem

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