Just a day after the official signing of a peace deal between the warring parties in South Sudan, the main rebel force SPLM-IO has accused government forces of attacking their defensive positions. The UN Mission reported that one of its peacekeepers was shot and wounded by a government soldier. “The regime’s forces heavily stormed our position at Mundu in Lainya county,” said Lam Paul Gabriel, the rebels’ deputy military spokesman, in a statement seen on Saturday. He said the attack happened in the early hours of Friday and that eight government troops were killed in the ensuing battle. Another attack took place in Mangalatore, near the site of the first attack, where four government soldiers were killed.
South Sudan’s former First Vice President and Opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon has rejected a call by President Kiir to visit Juba. On Monday, Kiir called the opposition leader to visit Juba at least for two or three days to help build confidence between the two leaders. A senior SPLM-IO official said that Machar will not be going to Juba citing security concerns. Additionally, The Deputy Military spokesperson of the SPLM-IO in a statement on Wednesday said even though they welcomed president Kiir’s invitation for Dr Riek Machar to visit Juba, he (Machar) can only come to Juba after the Pre-Transitional period. “This is a good gesture from President Kiir but we all have to act in accordance to the signed Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan not outside it,” Lam Paul Gabriel said.
Blocks 1, 2, and 4 of the oil fields in South Sudan have resumed production and have become fully operational. The Sudanese Minister of Oil and Gas , Azhary Abdel Gadir, said that the oil fields in South Sudan’s Unity region are expected to resume production at the end of the year. Sudan’s ministry of petroleum signed an agreement with three oil companies operating in South Sudan, providing a transit fee of UDS 14 per barrel.