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Peace monitors call for end to South Sudan hostilities

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October 28, 2016 (JUBA) - The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) has called for an end to military hostilities between South Sudan’s two main rival forces.

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Arms and light weapons have been used by both warring parties in South Sudan to commit abuses (Photo courtesy of SSANSA)

JMEC’s deputy chairman Augostino Njoroge told the African Union Peace and Security Council in the South Sudanese capital, Juba that fighting will harm the peace process.

"The peace agreement is wounded, but it is still alive and remains our best hope for sustainable peace in South Sudan," Njoroge said in a statement issued Friday.

“Every diplomatic effort must be made to stop all hostilities and restore the ceasefire with immediate effect so that implementation of the Agreement can resume properly," he added.

Fihting resumed in Juba on the eve of South Sudan forcing the country’s first vice president and armed opposition leader, Riek Machar to flee the young nation, capital.

Both the government and the rebels deny there is fighting, but JMEC dismisses their claims.

“Insecurity around the country is having a profound impact on the lives of ordinary South Sudanese. Human Rights are being compromised, livelihoods are destabilized, the economy is weakened and people are left scared and anxious," said Njoroge.

A delegation from the African Union Security Council is in Juba to get first hand account of the security situation in the country. Their visit concided with the Ethiopian Prime Minister’s trip to Juba.

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  • 28 October 2016 21:30, by Mr Point

    Kiir must stop his insane attempts to murder Machar.

    Kiir put the country twice into civil war because of his obsession with killing Machar

    He made millions homeless and deprived them of food because of war.

    He borrowed so much to pay the army and buy arms that the economy is broken and inflation is 700%.

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    • 30 October 2016 04:40, by Hardlinner

      just keeping singing your Riek song. as far as i know he not only well educated Nuer person alive. keep supporting him but sadly enough you are more likely to die than installing Riek to power. only Nuer with rational thinking would be allow to rule south sudan not dead brain like Riek. those supporting Riek must know that they are prolonging kiir stay on power.

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  • 28 October 2016 21:58, by Naath

    JMEC must stop their illegal activities in Juba and leave for their respective countries. They have already failed miserably to bring peace to South Sudan. They act so normal against the JCE which break rule 24 hour a day seven day a week. The involvement of JMEC, Obabama administration and IGAD countries in peace talk was not to bring peace but to kill Dr. Machar in the name of peace.

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  • 29 October 2016 02:56, by Joyuma John

    Naath, this is where you always go wrong, peace shall never come from outside south sudan, if you and the rests may think that peace must come from JMEC as such,then you people are driving on a very dangerous ground, which can derail peace. But for peace to come, it’s need people like Naath to repent by using the well calculated adjective on Dinka, so that peace shall listen to us , instead .

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    • 31 October 2016 08:07, by Bazinguaboy

      Fully agree that peace will only come from within. The international community can help us only if we can help ourselves.

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  • 29 October 2016 12:32, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    You (JMEC) have been silent for so long. I wonder if you humanely okay pocketing those dollars without doing your job diligently? Note each day you remain silent thousands of South Sudanese perish!!

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