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JUBA - 18 Feb 2016

SPLA withdraws more forces from Juba

South Sudan's army (SPLA) withdrew more of its forces from Juba on Thursday in accordance with the peace deal signed last August in Addis Ababa.

The peace agreement requires the partial demilitarization of Juba, with most forces slated to be withdrawn 25 km or more from the city.

Today's movements involved some artillery and commando units, with other units scheduled to withdraw Friday and the following days.

Addressing troops, Defense Minister Kuol Manyang Juuk called for discipline and told soldiers not to get involved with civilians in problems.

Juuk was speaking to soldiers and officers at Giyada in Juba before they moved to an area located on the Yei road about 25 km from Juba.