Home | News    Thursday 5 June 2014

UN chief urges S. Sudan leaders to abide by 9 May agreements

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

June 4, 2014 (NEW YORK) - The UN chief, Ban Ki-moon, urged on Wednesday president Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar to immediately end the fighting in South Sudan and abide by the recently signed ceasefire agreements.

JPEG - 17.1 kb
UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon (UN)

In a telephone call with both president Kiir and SPLM-In-Opposition leader, the UN secretary-general said he was alarmed by reports on the resumption of hostilities in several areas between the government troops and rebels.

Ban Ki-moon “expressed his grave concern that hostilities have continued in violation of the 23 January Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities and the 9 May Agreement between President Kiir and former Vice-President Riek Machar to resolve the crisis in South Sudan,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement issued Wednesday.

In a separate call with the former vice-president, Ban “reiterated his deep concern that hostilities have continued in violation of the 23 January Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities and the 9 May Agreement between President Kiir and former Vice-President Machar to resolve the crisis in South Sudan,” Dujarric said later.

Since the eruption of hostilities in the South Sudan capital, Juba on 15 December last year between troops loyal to the two South Sudanese leaders, over one million persons have been displaced and many more fled to its neighbouring countries.

Also thousands have been killed, but there are no real estimations about the number of victims. The international community was also concerned by the ethnic character of atrocities and war crimes committed in its Unity and Jonglei state capitals last April.

The UN chief, in his telephone conversations with the two leaders, emphasised on the need for both parties to abide by the signed agreements and end all military operations “immediately”.

He further urged them to honour their commitment and to meet on 9 June to review the progress achieved in the implementation of the 9 May agreement, and to reach an agreement on substantive issues, including transitional arrangements.

The two leaders agreed last May to meet on monthly basis to review the implementation of the signed deal. They also agreed that the formation of a transitional government of national unity offers the best chances for country to end the conflict and implement critical reforms agreed by the parties.

FRESH CLASHES

South Sudan army (SPLA) spokesperson, Col. Philip Aguer said in a statement issued Monday that the rebels attempted to attack government forces in Upper Nile and Unity states, but were repulsed.

“From 31st May to 2nd June, forces of Riek Machar have been violating the ceasefire in Nassir, Bailet and Upper Nile State and Walkai in Unity State,” Aguer said in a statement, stressing that the government had already notified the monitoring and verification team about these “unacceptable” acts.

In his conversation with the president Kiir, Ban called for support to the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in the implementation of its new mandate as endorsed by the UN Security Council (UNSC) on 27 May.

The UNSC recently extended the mandate of its South Sudan mission giving civilian protection, security address and humanitarian issues as country’s key priority areas.

The UN chief earlier requested the Security Council to review needs on the ground, and provide an updated assessment of the force’s operations, deployment and future requirements 120 days after the 27 May adoption of the resolution.

He however welcomed the UNSC resolution as well as its decision on deployment within the mission of an Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) task force to support protection of civilians and the Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (MVM) established pursuant to the 23 January cessation of hostilities agreement.

On 29 April after the attack on UN compound in Bor where armed men killed over 58 residents, the UN secretary-general called president Kiir asking him to bring the perpetrators of this ethnic attack to justice and to intervene personally to stop the negative campaign against UNMISS staff and issue a public statement to this end.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 5 June 08:18, by Sir King

    I rewquest Obama and Ban Ki Moon to resort to NATO. THEY ARE NOT WILLING TO STOP THE WAR. THEY WANT TO CONTINUE KILLING THE CIVILIANS.

    repondre message

Comment on this article


 
 

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


2015 elections are not a priority for Sudanese 2014-07-23 04:35:55 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman July 22, 2014 - This article comes against the backdrop of the news that reported the announcement of the National Elections Commission (NEC) that it had prepared the (...)

Bashir rests assured laden-burden on the Sudanese people’s shoulders 2014-07-14 06:09:16 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman July 13, 2014 - Omer al-Bashir believes that his continuing in power better protects him from tracking and prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC). He clings (...)

Lack of equity: A cause of many conflicts in Africa 2014-07-14 06:05:33 By Francis Ayul Yuar Nyok July 13, 2014 - It should be kept in mind that Africa crisis is not unique, more or less all the countries of the Sub-Sarah Africa are plague with acute poverty and in (...)


MORE








Latest Press Releases


Memory, healing and transformation in South Sudan 2014-07-23 05:55:08 Memory, Healing and Transformation in South Sudan A Working Paper by David K. Deng July 2014 Contents Introduction 1 What is memorialization? 2 Timing 2 Risks 3 Principles 3 Integrity 3 (...)

South Sudan: Independence Day marred by ongoing war crimes and looming famine 2014-07-09 01:39:56 AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE 8 July 2014 South Sudan: Independence Day marred by ongoing war crimes and looming famine · Both sides to the conflict committing war crimes and crimes (...)

UN urged to probe alleged cover-ups and manipulations by its mission in Darfur 2014-06-26 05:40:52 Strengthen Peacekeeping Mission’s Rights Reporting, Civilian Protection (New York, June 25, 2014) – The United Nations secretary-general should investigate alleged cover-ups and manipulation of (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2014 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.