Juba sceptic about Sudan POW release

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Juba

February 8, 2013

The Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) spokesman Philip Aguer announced skepticism about Sudan’s announcement about release of five Prisoners of War (POW). SPLA said that Sudan has never spared the lives of SPLA members it captured in the 22 year of civil war and now doubts as to whom, when and where are the five members that Sudan is releasing now are captured.

The Sudanese announcement came recently from the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) when it said that five POW from South Sudan will be handed over to the Red Cross on February 11, 2013 and asked South Sudan to make a similar gesture. SAF spokesperson Colonel al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad said that members are captured in South Darfur in April 2012.

South Sudan reciprocated with an announcement that it has no captive Northern Sudanese soldiers at the moment. The last time Sudanese POWs are captured was in April 2012 and are handed over in the presence of the Red Cross shortly after the conflict ended.

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