Tuesday, February 21, 2012

South Sudan: 10,000 soldiers deployed for disarmament in Jonglei

Miraya FM

Monday, 20 February 2012 13:28

The Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA) says it has deployed about 10 thousand soldiers to disarm the civil population in Jonglei State. The SPLA spokesperson, Col. Philip Aguer Panyang told Radio Miraya on Monday that the deployed force is enough to disarm the civil population in Jonglei:

"The SPLA in Jonglei State has about ten thousand soldiers in addition to policemen. The police also have its own force. So in terms of deployment, we have enough forces that can carry out the disarmament in Jonglei State when the time comes."

The governor of Jonglei State, Kuol Manyang Juuk has called on the civil population of Jonglei State to cooperate with the army during the disarmament process:

Governor Kuol during the weekend in Bor said that there are many SPLA soldiers in all the counties of the state to remove illegal arms that are widely spread

"there are many soldiers coming to Bor and to Pibor and more are coming.. We are calling on everybody, anyone with gun in his house, or with neighbor to hand it over. Tell your neighbor or relatives who has guns, when disarmament starts, tell them to give that gun. All guns must be in the hand of the government."