May 7,2012 (JUBA) – South Sudan announced on Monday that a group of rebels have abandoned their armed struggle and returned to the country’s capital Juba, apparently in a response to a presidential amnesty to all rebel groups.
South Sudan soldier, Unity state, April 24 2012 (Reuters)
A rebel militia of 215 men under the command of Major General John Dueth Yiech and Brigadier General James Duoth Lam are now part of the South Sudan army (SPLA) claims Juba .
Yiech said in a statement broadcast on South Sudan TV (SSTV) that he was ending his rebellion “voluntarily because we do not want to cause instability to our people and motherland”.
The SPLA’s spokesperson, Philip Aguer, said that the militias were sent by Khartoum to attack Kadar oil field but then decided to join the SPLA. He said the militia was met in Foluj, Upper Nile State.
Aguer further the move of the rebel leader “a blow” to Khartoum government which, according to the SPLA official lost “such a big number of troops and weapons.”
Sudan and South Sudan trade accusations of supporting and harboring rebel groups from both sides.
Khartoum says Juba support the SPLM-North and Darfur rebels who fight against the Sudanese