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UN condemns detention of IGAD ceasefire monitors in Unity state

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August 25, 2014 (JUBA) – The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has condemned the detention of six ceasefire monitors from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and three aircrew in Buoth, some 35km south-west of Unity state capital Bentiu.

The monitors who were part of the eight verification teams had landed in the Unity state town for their routine inspection mission before being arrested by the opposition forces on 23 August and marched to an unknown destination.

The circumstances leading to his death remains unclear, with government officials, including the spokesperson of the army, alleging the officer was kidnapped and killed.

The UN, however, said officer died of natural causes due to prolonged detention.

“A Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) liaison officer, who was part of the team, died during the detention reportedly due to natural causes,” UNMISS said in a statement.

The mission reportedly helped in locating and flying the ceasefire monitors and aircrew to its base in Bentiu on Sunday after the team was later released.

The mission pledged full support for the IGAD mediation and the monitoring and verification mechanism, as agreed by both parties on 23 January and called for full cooperation of all parties in finding a peaceful and durable solution to the current conflict.

REGIONAL LEADERS CONDEMN

IGAD also condemned the death of one of its ceasefire monitors in Bentiu in the hands of forces allied to the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army in Opposition (SPLM/A-IO).

“The violators of the cessation of hostilities agreement and those responsible for the death will bear the consequences”, ambassador Seyoum Mesfin, the Chairman of the IGAD mediation team said on Monday.

He said the summit of IGAD heads of state and government would decide on the way forward and spell out the punitive measures indicated in its 10 June communiqué.

“We cannot continue to treat this matter with velvet gloves as the credibility of the summit is on the line,” the special envoy said.

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  • 26 August 2014 07:38, by Madina Tonj

    TO: UN and the IGAD as well as AU leaders, condemns the detention is not solve that violation made by Riek Machar’s forces. There must be a punishment giving to the head of the rebels because they have violated the ceasefire agreement. I think the IGAD monitor personnel has not die because of his heart attacked but he did pass away because the rebels have beaten him and 7 others teams monitors.

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    • 26 August 2014 16:01, by Ayom Ayom

      It is very unfortunate that Rebel shot down UNMISS helicopter today near the area where the detained IGAD members for verification team, I think rebels group are not ready and not interesting in peace now.

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  • 26 August 2014 07:39, by Madina Tonj

    TO: UN and the IGAD as well as AU leaders, condemns the detention is not solve that violation made by Riek Machar’s forces. There must be a punishment giving to the head of the rebels because they have violated the ceasefire agreement. I think the IGAD monitor personnel has not die because of his heart attacked but he did pass away because the rebels have beaten him and 7 others teams monitors.

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  • 26 August 2014 07:39, by Madina Tonj

    TO: UN and the IGAD as well as AU leaders, condemns the detention is not solve that violation made by Riek Machar’s forces. There must be a punishment giving to the head of the rebels because they have violated the ceasefire agreement. I think the IGAD monitor personnel has not die because of his heart attacked but he did pass away because the rebels have beaten him and 7 others teams monitors.

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  • 26 August 2014 09:43, by Ayuen deng

    After condemning the killing,what will IGAD do.I think IGAD should stop pretending of making peace in South Sudan,otherwise with all the violation of ceasefire and they threat to sanction the leaders but it is not the leader who are fighting in the bush,even a fool would suggest deployment a true peace keeping force not UNMISS.

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  • 26 August 2014 10:03, by Thondet Manyang

    We south Sudanese thought UNMISS improves after that shameful lady but now they still ordinate with Rebels till handed over our soldiers and portend that it was detention . That is madness. What protection are they providing? Therefore, no peace but war is the best option since it is what rebels want. Killing will not bring them to current government but peace can. Shame on them. More needed.

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  • 26 August 2014 10:16, by Thondet Manyang

    Rebel leaders(Peter Gadet, Riek, Gadet Dak etc) can not accept coming back to this government. So, the keep on sabotaging peace initiative. Because some are just abroad fucking foriegneners cheating them that they are taking SS leadership by force. Also it great project for drug dealers to mobilize funds here in USA for themselves in the name of IDPs.

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    • 27 August 2014 00:41, by Bentiu Sudan

      The UN and gangs members of IGAD do not know what they are talking about. You are the one who violate the right of the rebels every month. Why you are monitoring the rebels hold areas without informing them beforehand. You IGAD you are so idiot criminals mediators. The Uganda is at war with the rebels yet is a member of IGAD countries which mediates the talk.

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