The government and the opposition factions say training of the forces will start next week.

In May, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development or IGAD agreed to extend the pre-transitional period to allow peace parties enough time to implement security arrangements.

The 6-month period is meant to unify and deploy defense forces, demilitarize Juba and other cities, and to allow for the implementation of other pending tasks.

However, there has been delay in implementing the requirements – a situation leaders blamed on lack of military supplies and bad weather conditions.

SSPDF Spokesperson says with the donation of military uniforms and tents from the government Arab Republic of Egypt, it will expedite the process.

Maj. Gen. Lul Ruai told the press yesterday at Juba International Airport while witnessing receipt of the donated items.

via ER