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Washington denounces attacks on S. Sudan’s Malakal

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February 19, 2014 (WASHINGTON) – The US State Department condemned the resumption of fighting in the capital of Upper Nile state Malkal, saying it is a clear violation of a cessation of hostilities agreement signed last month between the South Sudanese army and SPLM-In-Opposition rebels.

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South Sudanese army soldiers sit on a pick up truck during a patrol in Malakal on 21 January 2014 (Photo: AFP/Harrison Ngethi)

"We are deeply concerned by reports of extensive fighting in and around Malakal, which this continued fighting – let me be very clear – is a blatant violation of the cessation of hostilities agreement" said, Marie Harf deputy State Department spokesperson on Wednesday.

"We condemn the failure of both parties to abide by the terms of agreement and call on both parties to end any military actions aimed at the other, and to finalize an agreement on the implementation details of the monitoring and verification mission", she further told reporters at the daily press briefing.

The government and rebels signed a cessation of hostilities deal brokered by IGAD mediators on 23 January, but since it has been breached on daily basis by the warring parties.

Harf urged the two parties to observe the truce and to finalise an agreement on the implementation details of the monitoring and verification mission.

The truce signatories also failed to resume the second round of peace talks. The rebel SPLM-In-Opposition says Juba did not implement the 23 January deal which provides to the release all the political prisoners and to withdraw foreign troops.

Speaking about the presence of Ugandan troops in South Sudan, Harf reiterated American call to withdraw these forces from South Sudan.

"We’re urging the redeployment or phased withdrawal of foreign forces invited by either side", she said.

The American diplomat pointed out that Washington recognised the "role that Ugandan forces have played in helping defend critical infrastructure in Juba, on one of the main roads", adding that however believe that "it’s time for those forces to begin a phased withdrawal".

The State Department on 8 January had already said "deeply concerned" by the violations of the cessation of hostilities and urged to withdraw the Ugandan forces, warning of "the serious consequences which could result from any regionalization of this conflict".

Ugandan army spokesperson, Paddy Ankunda, wrote several shorts statements on Twitter expressing the refusal of his country to pull out their troops from South Sudan.

"What if violence rolls back into Bor, Juba after UPDF withdraw, will the US be there to help?, He wrote on 10 February. Eight days later wondered “what is behind” this demand to withdraw Ugandan troops before to add "What if there is resurgence of violence?".

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  • 20 February 09:19, by Crude Owner

    Marie
    Please be honest! Blaming both sides will NOT bring any good outcome. You should blame rebels who tried to take Malakal by attacking the government forces. When you blame both sides, did you want SPLA forces to give up the town and then call for USA to bring peace? Truly Not. It is their mandate to protect their position and their citizens from any aggressions coming from outside.

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    • 20 February 11:50, by Bentiu son

      Crude Owner, do you know that since day one,Kiir-pro militias had breached/violated the cessation of hostility signed by both warring parties on 23/1/14 by continuous attacking the positions of our freedom fighters in Unity State,Jonglei n Upper Nile State? For instant,the Gelweng militias burned down to ashes Guit,Tharjiath,Koch,Mir Mir,Leer n Payinjiar county while in Jonglei,they attacked

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      • 20 February 12:01, by Bentiu son

        Mathiang,Malualchot,n last week captured Gadiang from Dr Machar’s forces while in Upper Nile State they had been attacking our forces while Uganda Warplanes backed them in Canal,Gel Achiel,Doliep Hills,n Anakdiar.Why Juba brutal regime jumping up n down when our forces repulsed them badly n flushed them out from Malakal on Tuesday? Waw!good for you n bad for others,what a joke? American shouldn’t

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        • 20 February 12:08, by Bentiu son

          blamed/condemned our freedom fighters for Malakal battle started by Kiir pro- militias/SPLA. They should condenm the main violators of agreement Yoweri Museveni n his new wife Salva Kiir Mayardit.Salva Kiir is the real puppet of Museveni in African Continent, what a shame for accidental President Kiir who came to power after M7 n Kiir had conspired to killed our hero Dr Mabior in 2005.

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      • 20 February 13:18, by mathem jech amer

        Bentiu son
        That is called Tit-for-tat. you started burning down towns after capturing so the same must be done to you soon. It is good that Gelweng malitias are very strong in such a way that they dislodged trained soldiers in many towns.Now SPLA should leave fighting to Gelweng only who are feared by Nuers.

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  • 20 February 09:21, by Joseph Canada

    Blame it on Kiir and Museveni!! They have turn the nation into the one man rule party. They want to Dictate one tribe to the whole nation.

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    • 20 February 09:32, by Crude Owner

      You Nuers and Dinkas are dump for ever. Dinkas led the rebellion for two decades while Nuers opposed them and formed a lot of militias and joint Khartoum and we became victims in the middle. NONE of you tells the truth.

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      • 20 February 10:06, by LL Reuben

        Double dealing (Standard) from this evil empire (USA) as usual, centering the blame always in order to keep the flames of chaos burning, and behind the aftermath they can seize an opportunity for themselves. If it wasn’t for your fake and well funded propagated democracy worthless goons like Riek wouldn’t be determine to rewind this country back to it dark days.

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        • 20 February 10:45, by Tutbol

          The so-called US, the UK, France & their criminal juus, who think they are creepy like the many creeps in the West. The criminals in the US, their France & the UK’s....

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        • 20 February 20:14, by Tutbol

          Washington is playing double card, but S Sudanese it is a terrorists govt anyway. The US is the Alqada & the Alqada is the US. Using the Nuers lowly educated Nuers as means to remove the Chinese in Sudanese oil fields just as it did in Libya? It will not happen in S Sudan. The US love to create enemies & it has to add S Sudanese minus the Nuers as their enemy...

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          • 20 February 20:23, by Tutbol

            The govt of S Sudan would not be changed by any criminal in the US, Europe or even our Nuer brats. The govt of S Sudan should keep an eye of the NGOs & the criminals are find meddling in any way, then they must be first skin alive, before their families are informed. And the juus, the should just be put in jail as long they in S Sudan. We are at war with these criminals...

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            • 20 February 20:30, by Tutbol

              The US, the UK, France & their juus are not our friends at this point. They are the ones behind this Nuers rebellion & we have to take them as enemies. During the war, they were not just let in S Sudan, they were Americans, the British, French or juus & that management has to be re-instituted. The US, the UK will never invest in our country whatsoever...

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              • 20 February 20:42, by Tutbol

                Their evil intrigues stink to high heavens. l once swear that i would better sale part of land to a Chinese than a Brit or an American. These peoples’ establishment is the same evil that is killing our peoples. They managed to screw our past parents, but it will be like passing a ’girraffe through an eye of a needle’ to for these evils to still our properties again. If they come & buy like Chinese

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                • 20 February 20:51, by Tutbol

                  They would be welcomed, but if they as usual to steal, then they must first of all get rid of S Sudanese. l for one, i have never, been a fan of Sudan’s Arabs & English people, the US & juus have of late been added into my list. In S Sudan, peoples don’t like thieves---and these countries of England, the US, N Sudan & israel are thieves & criminals.

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                  • 21 February 07:20, by Tut Tut

                    Tutbol,
                    Your madness against US and EU is silly and stupid. Our current problem is our own making and cannot be projected to others. It is Kiir who trained his tribal forces Gel Weng for the mission to massacre Nuer civilians in the Capital Juba from 12/15/13-12/23/13. If Nuer democratic ideal match with those of US and EU, then what do you expect? Please be fair and reasonable.

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                  • 21 February 07:21, by Tut Tut

                    Tutbol,
                    Your madness against US and EU is silly and stupid. Our current problem is our own making and cannot be projected to others. It is Kiir who trained his tribal forces Gel Weng for the mission to massacre Nuer civilians in the Capital Juba from 12/15/13-12/23/13. If Nuer democratic ideal match with those of US and EU, then what do you expect? Please be fair and reasonable.

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      • 20 February 11:02, by whatsayyou

        Crude Owner
        Talk like mature person, who told you to remained in the middle by then? You are the one not talking the truth, the reality is, Dinka fought the war for 2 decads, Nuer Joined arabs and Equatorians went to Uganda for food and Education and yet we honestly accepted every one in South Sudan and agree to make Juba the capital city without any segregation.

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        • 20 February 11:11, by whatsayyou

          Yeah come infrone now, it is your turn to fight Nuer, failure to do so, you will be their slaves, let me assure you, Nuers are worst compare to Arabs if You leave them to come to Juba they will chase you away and enslaves those who will remain am telling you on top they will coordinate with LRA of uganda and block the way to uganda, where will you go? For us we can remain in Bahr el Ghazal.

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  • 20 February 09:52, by Kalo

    I am tied of poor Obama administration,USA are useless when Obama took over the office,just talking with out action,Obama and Bin moon keep on condemning,we are waiting for your time to go,People are dying in Syria,Sudan,SS,central Africa,DRC,Palestine,etc,nothing was done,we are waiting for your time to end and have other good people.

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  • 20 February 09:53, by Marial Marial

    We need non of them in power.Both have shown their barbarism.I wonder why the USA should listen to any of them. We need a neutral administration in South Sudan. Down to both of them.

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  • 20 February 10:02, by Marial Marial

    We are tired of your counter-accusations.You pretend you are better than the other but all banch of thugs, Lions in goats’ skin.The day the rest of South Sudanese and the whole world rise against both of you, you will regret destroying this beloved nation coz of you greed.

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  • 20 February 10:56, by Tata

    US should behave like chaste wife but not like a whore who admires 2 men at a goal, however, denies to any of them an affair with the other. This chameleon game is useless. US will fall like other empires in this world, starting with Roman Empire BC to English Empire in 1900s currently represented by "Common Wealth". You support Machar at every cost on the expense of poor South Sudan citizen and

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    • 20 February 11:04, by Tata

      pretends to protest his acts against humanity. Shame on you. You are provoking people to go extreme. You don’t love us bus greedy for our oil reserves, which was discovered by American oil company, Chevron. You are welcome to join China, India and Malaysia to explore this oil, but not to claim absolute ownership. Obama is another immoral corrupt Kenyan origin. Be ready for HELL. Useless!

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      • 20 February 15:02, by jijury

        Breaking News: Confirmed report From Malakal’s attacks over 9000 government troops killed by Rebels.Faloch and Maluoth are overran by the rebels. foreign troops killed by the rebels have 600-1000 South Sudanese pounds in their pockets. We are waiting for Kiir to send more troops!!!

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        • 20 February 16:19, by Bentiu son

          Yes,bro the pro-Kiir’s militias/Gelweng,UPDF,M23,n JEM have lost more soldiers n Generals on their side. We confirmed the death of Dr Lam Akol’s militias General Johnson Oliny who wanted to drag our in- laws Chollo tribe to senseless tribal war instigated by Salva Kiir bt Nuer v Dinka Rek of BEG. I heard that two others Generals were killed included Major Gen Gatwech Gai.

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  • 20 February 16:31, by Kim Deng

    Dinka Kingdom days are numbered. Other 60s coward Jurs (Shilluk, Anyuak, Burun, Equatorians... ) have only two choices, either to remain neutral and just watch the dirty war or join coward Jaang/Slaves. Malakal now be comes "Latjor City."

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  • 20 February 21:27, by Axios

    Of course the U.S. will not help, It’s obvious they are supporting the rebels. This whole peace talks conference and moratorium of combat was to allow the Rebels time to regroup & receive support.The President is showing weakness, how many detained prisoners in Guantanamo Bay has the U.S released on demand of another nation?

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  • 21 February 07:25, by Tata

    USA, UK, France and allies have supported Syrian rebels for the last 4 years and miserably failed. Their attempt in South Sudan jungles will never ever help Machar. Let them waste their dollars. China will continue to explore oil in South Sudan. Period!

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