If this is accurate – and I have no reason not to believe it – it must rate as one of the most extraordinary events.
Here is the North – from which the South broke away and became independent just seven years ago – about to supervise the reformation of the southern army. Life never ceases to surprise
Sudan to supervise formation of unified South Sudan army
August 31, 2018 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan will supervise the formation of one
army in South Sudan, said foreign minister and chief mediator
El-Dirdeiry on Friday.
Following the signing of the final text of revised peace agreement on
28 and 30 August, the parties are now discussing the implementation
matrix in a session that should be concluded on 2 September.
In statements to the semi-official SMC, El-Dirdeiry said one of the
important guarantees the parties agreed is the formation and training
of a national army from the government and opposition forces.
“Sudan will particularly supervise this process to ensure that the
troops have only loyalty to the Republic of South Sudan,” he added.
In accordance with the revised peace agreement, the warring parties
within 30 days of the final signing of the peace pact will form a
high-level technical integration committee (HLTIC). the latter will
set eligibility criteria for candidates to the national army, national
security, police, prison, fire brigade and wildlife services.
The formation of one army process shall be complemented within 12
months from the signing of the peace agreement.
Sudan and Uganda as guarantors of the revised peace agreement will be
tasked with the implementation process.
On 30 August at the signing ceremony, SPLM-IO and SSOA asked to
include Ethiopia and Kenya as the guarantor besides Kampala and
El-Dirdeiry said the revitalized peace agreement will enhance
confidence and the ties between the two countries.