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South Sudan: UN mission welcomes peace deal between armed groups and Government forces | U.N. News Centre

The United Nations peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) today welcomed a peace deal between the Government of South Sudan and local militia groups, adding that it remained ready to assist the country as it moved forward in establishing a lasting peace.

UN peacekeepers offer protection to residents of Jonglei state, South Sudan. (Photo: UNMISS)

UN peacekeepers offer protection to residents of Jonglei state, South Sudan. (Photo: UNMISS)

“UNMISS stands ready to support this peaceful development, including with the demobilization of children associated with these armed groups, and assist the Government of South Sudan to achieve sustainable peace in the country,” the UN mission said in a statement which also called on all other armed groups “to lay down their weapons and join the government to build a stable and prosperous South Sudan.”

According to a spokesperson for the South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA), the South Sudan Democratic Army (SSDA) and the South Sudan Defense Forces (SSDF), the peace accord was reached last Friday and specified that the three armed groups would begin “interacting” with the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), the official army of the Government of South Sudan, “without any confrontation.”

In addition, militias were ordered “to move to the areas controlled by the SPLA” in order to achieve a full cessation of hostilities.

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