SPLA mobilizing heavy military equipment and fighters in Abyei

Media Monitoring Report, October 19, 2008

SPLA has begun preparing for any eventuality in the Abyei area, CPA’s main obstacle. Informed sources told the paper that SPLA moved heavy military equipment from Juba to Abyei area last week.

The equipment reached Abyei last Tuesday and included 10 heavy tanks, 10 “Doshka-mounted” land cruiser vehicles, 20 anti-armoured guns (B10), 15 howitzers, 5 artillery, 12 rockets, 15 personnel carriers and three armed battalions.

Maj. Gen. Paul Akot is the commander of the SPLA forces which have taken up their positions in Abyei area. The sources said that was a violation of the Abyei Area Roadmap and the CPA.

30 SPLA tanks also arrived in Judia area in the Blue Nile State. Sources view SPLA rearmament in the three Areas as evidence it wants to launch a large scale war on the north before upcoming elections.


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