Committee formed to redeploy forces in southern Kordofan

May 1, 2006 (Khartoum Monitor)

The NCP and the SPLM have formed a committee to discuss the redeployment of forces in South Kordofan State. The Joint Defence Board is expected to set a date for the meeting of the committee, says a member of the JDB.

Brigadier Jagoud of the JDB says there are some problems facing the implementation of the Protocols on the Security Arrangements as the agreement stipulates that the Joned/Integrated Units be stationed beyond latitude 56° but did not identify the location where the remaining forces should be stationed and there are three detachments in the Nuba Mountains area.

The agreement, he adds, puts the number of JIUs to be deployed to the Nuba Mountains at 6,000 with each of the parties contributing an equal number of forces, but did not state what will become of the remaining forces.

He further pointed out that the SPLA has prepared its forces to the JIUs and has deployed them to Kadugli, Kauda, Diling and Kurji since October while the Sudan Armed Forces has not. He said the SAF was not serious in its part of the deal.

He further pointed out that no mention was made in the CPA of assembly points for Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration in the Nuba Mountains area

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