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IGAD “condemns” South Sudan’s armed groups

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March 27, 2017 (JUBA) - Eastern Africa’s Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the body that mediated South Sudan 2015 shaky peace agreement, has condemned "proliferation of armed groups" in the country and confirmed President Salva Kiir’s intention to declare a unilateral ceasefire.

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An extraordinary session of the IGAD heads of states meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa (IGAD File photo)

A communique issued in Nairobi late on Monday at the sideline meeting said IGAD head of states and governments "Condemned the proliferation of armed groups in South Sudan; and called on all armed groups to renounce violence as a means of solving the problems of South Sudan."

It added in the statement both sides to the conflict should stop the war.

"In response to this call, the Government of the Republic of South Sudan agreed to announce a unilateral ceasefire and grant amnesty to those that renounced violence," the statement said.

Government sources said President Kiir will make the announcement this week though there are sceptics that the various armed groups will adhere to such declaration.

IGAD countries of Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, Uganda, Sudan, South Sudan and Eritrea were presented by their leaders at the Nairobi meeting. It i the first time that the bloc singled out armed groups for criticism.

The communique said the declaration of ceasefire will enable all actors in the country to attend the national dialogue announced by President Kiir in December.

IGAD said all parties should implement the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS). The SPLM in Opposition leader and former First Vice President Riek Machar fled Juba in July when conflict resumed. He has since being exiled in South Africa. A breakaway SPLM IO faction led by Taban Deng Gai has continued to implement the peace agreement despite spreading of the conflict in the country.

IGAD encouraged all the parties to ensure that reforms are implemented as agreed in the peace document

"(IGAD) Further encouraged the Government of the Republic of South Sudan to work towards building an encompassing political process determined through a credible election, where all South Sudanese have an opportunity to determine their leaders and hold them to account," the statement added, referring to the 2018 general elections enshrined in e peace agreement.

It is not clear if the peace timetable leading to elections before July 2018 will be respected.

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  • 27 March 23:20, by engatuny

    as always amnesty, peace and whatsoever but that remains on paper, sure IGAD can’t learn from experience and provide definitive way forward!

    3 years at the helm of negotiations and observance since the conflict erupted, same songs sung, unbelievable! yet aware the peace agreement was breached under their custody, if not a mockery to say so at this time.

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    • 28 March 08:14, by Midit Mitot

      IGAD, how many condemnation have you done in this country and yet no change,

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    • 28 March 09:08, by Sadam Kuikoy

      The so call IGAD is just empty vessel who can not see beyond his nose in order to know who is violating ceasefire in South Sudan? or it’s just turned the blind eye on south-south because Kirr bribes them every minute? The government had been on the offensive since day one due to the fact that its signed peace with reservation and IGAD never say a word instead they blamed the IO for defending themselves.

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  • 27 March 23:28, by engatuny

    international community has had to contribute to a South Sudanese own made war besides hunger which is affecting the grassroots populace at the moment and we think this is a nation to be, JOKE!

    and as we comment, a kleptocratic government is making fortunes out of the situation, imagine! it was a mistake to allow the duo continue in the power sharing, IGAD ignored the fact.

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  • 27 March 23:29, by engatuny

    international community has had to contribute to a South Sudanese own made war besides hunger which is affecting the grassroots populace at the moment and we think this is a nation to be, JOKE!
    and as we comment, a kleptocratic government is making fortunes out of the situation, imagine! it was a mistake to allow the duo continue in the power sharing, IGAD ignored the fact.

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  • 28 March 00:42, by Kush Natives

    I think that rebels will cease looting civilians properties, unless we the government start delivering foods to them ASAP! Good move Mr. President, let hold cease-fire for now. No single billets should be heard again, till rebels violet it again.

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    • 28 March 09:41, by jubaone

      Kush Natives,
      An eye4eye a tooth4tooth. We want to see jienge blood as they innocently killed Nuers, Fertits, Collos and Equatorians only then will peace come. Let us fight it out to the bitter end. Either it is the jienges or the rest 63 tribes, nothing less. IGAD pls let us fight this alone, we Don’t need help.

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  • 28 March 03:21, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Well, rebels need to learn terminology like ’country first, peace, stable leaders, accountability, and stick to the peace, self-serving, and no tribe mindsets.

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    • 29 March 06:34, by jubaone

      Jienge Defender General,
      Just ge back to ARCISS 2015 and implement it in word and spirit then all will be fine. You jienges are notoriously unruly and don’t know set rules. You flip flop and sway left and right like bullpiss of a terrified and running bull. In Juba Arabic we say "mujengjeng" perhaps derived from the unsteady nature of jienge.

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  • 28 March 05:57, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    IGAD countries stand arm to arm in condemning freedom fighters of South Sudan. This is not a surprise because Silva Kiir is letting the resources of the country to looted by so-called IGAD countries. It means IGAD is a benefactor of Kiir’s loot. No wonder they have become part of Kiir’s spokespeople and torture machines!!

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  • 28 March 06:48, by Eastern

    IGAD thought it would be cheaper to selectively implement the ARCISS. Now the table is turning on Kiir and his backers. Leave Dr Machar out of these mess, as Taban Deng said, Dr Machar is "parked" in South Africa.....

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    • 28 March 15:52, by jubaone

      Eastern,
      All IGAD members have domestic chaos and shit in their own backyards. If they cant sort out their own mess, how can they sort someone´s. Forget. We must depend on ourselves, once we set things straight, they will crawl to us like lizards. Our persecuted people are getting nothing from IGAD and so we should NOT even waste time listening to them, period.

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  • 28 March 09:04, by Lou Nuer The Great

    IGAD(IJIENG)supporting jieng to gain money is highly respected but we the people’s movement under Dr machar will liberate and start whatever we wish as kiir and his nyoornyoor dislike peace but looting,raping,torturing and stealing civilians property fuck igad and kiir with jce

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  • 28 March 10:21, by Diko Man

    IGAD member states are the typical beneficiaries of the south sudan conflict. Why must we let ourselves to be traded on? all the failed leaders of this country should know that time is up for them now. South Sudan doesn’t need them any more. for us they are in the dust bin of politics of the nation. whatever you call yourselves, back off this nation’s leadership now.

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