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Cease hostilities, U.N tells South Sudan’s warring factions

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January 29, 2017 (JUBA) - The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has reiterated its call on all the warring parties involved in South Sudan’s conflict to immediately cease hostilities and fully implement the peace agreement.

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UNMISS troops from India patrol the UNMISS compound in Juba, South Sudan recently (UN MISSION/AP)

UNMISS, in a statement issued Sunday, said was deeply concerned about the outbreak of fighting between the South Sudanese army (SPLA) and SPLA in Opposition (SPLM-OI) in and around Malakal town, including intermittent shelling that has been reported over the last few days.

The situation in Malakal town, according to the mission, remained tense following clashes between rival factions.

“The mission continues to patrol regularly in Malakal and reports that the town is largely deserted,” reads the statement issued by the U.N mission in the young nation.

The acting SPLA spokesman, Santo Domic Chol said Wednesday that the two rival forces clashed near Malakal, the Upper Nile state capital after government forces were allegedly attacked by militias under the command of Johnson Olony.

He neither gave details on the exact location where the clashes occurred nor unveil information on any casualties from the Malakal incident.

UNMISS, however, said it will continue to act within its capacity to protect South Sudanese civilians in imminent danger and calls on all the country’s warring parties in the conflict to silence the guns to enable the movement of humanitarian aid and personnel to affected areas.

South Sudan has experience violence since December 2013 when political disagreements between President Salva Kiir and Machar saw the nation split along ethnic lines. Tens of thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced in South Sudan’s worst ever outbreak of violence since independence from neighbouring Sudan.

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  • 30 January 2017 05:37, by jubaone

    The SPLA -IO under Riak is key to stopping the crisis in SS. Foolishly the IGAD, AU have chosen to shut him out Uups! what is wrong? No Riak, no peace. And the national dialogue is a testimony that Kiir is again fooling the IGAD which has not even answered: deployment of RPF? Cantonment? Reforms? Hybrid Court? African solutions for African problems!, Losers

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    • 30 January 2017 06:35, by koang mi kei

      Kiir government forgotten something when they started this war they thought that i will be easy as they expect, the war they started ended like Somalia and DARFUR,otherwise JEC will be relieve in their power they are the one who fuel this war from the beginning but IGAD and AU play another role too shame on them those who are committing crime SS war.

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    • 30 January 2017 07:48, by Akuma

      JubaOne,

      Riek Machar is a disastrous and power greedy person without vision at all. Because of his impatient in taking power by coup, it result into his isolation and totally he will no more be in South Sudan history. His Illuminati mission to be President of South Sudan without citizens approval like led him to live and die outside South Sudan. He is dead politically and has no room in AU & UN

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      • 30 January 2017 08:10, by jubaone

        Akuma,
        Just answer the question: What has Kiir and Taban achieved since ousting Riak? Any cantonment? Deployment of RPF? Cessation of hostilities? Formation of Hybrid court as agreed? IGAD, AU must now draw a line, Kiir is fooling them and has lost legitimacy. Kiir is the problem and must be removed cos he has no control anymore. He is simply a jce marionette.

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  • 30 January 2017 06:59, by Bilpam- 2

    Ayieeth. Taban is deceiving world that he is the first Vice president without being recognized by the South Sudanese people in particular,leave alone the international community.

    Be reminded that this war is nothing,but the option to restore the permanent peace in the country because the good relationships between South Sudanese people have been teared apart.

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  • 30 January 2017 07:30, by Sadam Kuikoy

    You are absolutely right bravo Jubaone,they thought keeping him away from south Sudan would solve the problem but they will be the one to call him back soon for peace to be implemented.

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