Lul Koang, spokesman for the South Sudan People’s Defence Forces (SSPDF), said this on Friday in Rajap Police Training Centre, located west of the capital Juba.
Koang said the delay to form the 700 presidential protection forces as stipulated in the revitalised peace agreement lies squarely with the opposition.
”The delay in regard to the formation of the presidential protection force is not about South Sudan People’s Defence Forces but rather partly attributed to our partners for reasons best known to them.
”Let this parade we are holding here be a proof to the people of South Sudan, the international community and the region that we SSPDF have been committed to implementing the agreement,” he added.
Koang said that the government had readied its 350 presidential special forces awaiting for joint integration ahead of formation of unity government.
”We have complied in term of selecting the 350 proposed presidential guards comprising foot soldiers and commanding officers and these are the ones you are seeing today.
”They have been training for a month while waiting for their counterparts to complete the 700 strong unit,” said Koang.
Nearly seven months into the pre-transitional period, parties to the peace deal have failed to implement key provisions of the accord such as cantonment and integration of forces and delays in determining the number of states.
South Sudan ascended into civil war in late 2013, and the conflict had created one of the fastest growing refugee crises in the world.
The UN estimated that four million South Sudanese have been displaced internally and externally.https://nnn.ng/s-sudan-army-blames-opposition-over-delay-in-forming-presidential-security-team/