Saturday, September 24, 2011
South Sudan takes action to demobilize SPLA
The Peace agreement between the north and south in 2005 outlines steps for both armies to regulate the number of soldiers in order to make both more professional and under control. The initial plan was to remove 90,000 soldiers from each, in reality only 10,000 have been and the rebel groups and government armies still have not reached their goals of organizing their troops. For South Sudan the SPLA has around 200,000 members, which officials from South Sudan say they want to cut in half. This task is difficult for South Sudan because there are so many different groups that have become part of the SPLA and other rebel groups it is hard to regulate the actual number of forces, and how to control them. This is just another obstacle south sudan is facing while still trying to build their own state.