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March 31, 2017 (JUBA) – The guarantors of South Sudan’s peace have issued a statement urging President Salva Kiir to honour acceptance and commitment to declare a unilateral ceasefire.

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South Sudan President Salva Kiir waits for the arrival of his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta, in Juba on May 23, 2013. (Photo Reuters)

Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States, all members of Troika, have affirmed in a statement their strong support for the combined efforts of the African Union (AU), Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and United Nations to end the conflict in South Sudan.

Troika countries have also called on all armed parties, including the Government of South Sudan, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO), and other armed groups, to commit to a ceasefire.

Troika welcomed the recent commitment made by President Salva Kiir to IGAD leaders to announce a unilateral ceasefire by governmental forces, and it called upon the President to ensure that his order is carried out immediately and in full effect, the statement dated March 30, 2017, obtained by Sudan Tribune reads in part.

The peace sponsors underlined that the dire humanitarian crisis in South Sudan was a direct result of the conflict and demanded that all parties cease violence against humanitarian workers and the obstruction of humanitarian assistance. The statement further stressed that military offensives and the obstruction of lifesaving assistance would be stopped immediately in order to end the suffering and severe food shortages inflicted upon the millions across South Sudan.

“The Troika reiterates that there is no military solution to the conflict and that a durable end to the conflict will require a political process involving all the principal parties. An inclusive national dialogue, deemed credible by the South Sudanese people, could provide a means to redress the root causes of conflict and build a true national consensus. As President Kiir committed in announcing the planned national dialogue, it should supplement, and not replace, the core elements of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan,” the statement notes.

The guarantors went on to say they endorse the ongoing efforts of AU High Representative Alpha Konare and UN Special Envoy Nicholas Haysom to encourage all parties to end the fighting and engage in a peaceful dialogue. It also fully supports Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) Chairperson Festus Mogae’s work towards a truly inclusive and effective process in implementing the Agreement.

In addition, Troika endorses the work of the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan and the deployment of its Regional Protection Force. It notes the importance of breaking the cycle of impunity and encourages further progress by the AU toward the rapid establishment of the Hybrid Court for South Sudan.

(ST)

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  • 31 March 22:25, by Eastern

    Let AU leave Kiir to persue military victory which is in sight! Hail Kiir is great and he will live forever!

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  • 31 March 23:29, by The Rhino

    Listen,

    If there’s no military solution to the conflict in South Sudan,and that a durable end to the on going carnage requires a political process involving all belligerent parties,then I think it’s fair to propose,Mr.Machar(Nuer),Mr.Kiir(Dinka/Jieng),and an Equatorian(Mr.Thomas Cirilo Shaka-representing the people of Equatoria) converge on a neutral ground and initiate a dialogue for a real ...

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  • 31 March 23:38, by The Rhino

    cont....
    PEACE. A dialogue that would epitomize their respective ancestral regions,

    a) Equatoria Region
    b) Bahr El Gazal Region
    c) Upper Nile Region.
    The 2005 CPA was a disaster and a total failure to the people of South Sudan.It was inconspicuously misconstrued by the Jiengs as been given the power to dominate and establish their empire, which surely was wrong and urgently needs to be corrected.

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  • 31 March 23:49, by The Rhino

    cont....

    For a genuine peace to be established,Nuer,Dinka and Equatorians must first go their separate ways,harmonize their constituencies, develop and then maybe in future when the time comes,they would then launch a referendum that would define their fate, either to stay that way or be reunited.....full stop!

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  • 1 April 13:33, by Modongo Mundra

    so-called unilateral ceasefire had been issued million times did anything productive came out of it?? peace guarantor had already calculated their draft of taking over south sudan in 2019 that’s why at a time you see them keeping quite, this is all wasting of time let’s not rely on outsiders they are after the welfare of their citizens, they have their own countries that they are running it <<

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    • 1 April 13:43, by Modongo Mundra

      cont<< by themselves, they care more about their citizens then they do for you people and our leaders just feel like [so-called peace guarantor] will bring about lasting peace in south sudan, Nope and never will be. it’s up to south sudanese people to think something posetive and say Big NO for war embrace on peace war will never take us anywhere rather than wasting the lives & properties .

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  • 1 April 13:52, by Modongo Mundra

    cont<< the truths is that, we tend to support our leaders based on our tribal lines without knowing that they don’t even did anything good to us.. following someone just blindly like this will lead us to grave and live life of regrets at the point of no return & out of control
    South Sudan will have peace and unity if Kiir is out from the presidency and give peace a chance, Kiir has no vision,

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  • 1 April 14:00, by Modongo Mundra

    cont<< Kiir knows nothing about running the country, he has no single agenda of taking the country forward all he knows is to maintain his position at all costs, South sudan belongs for all, everyone has rights at any level no matter where he/she comes from... what’s killing south sudan now is hatred, corruption, tribalism and so on... Kiir is the root cause of all this rubbish and cretin acts ..

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  • 1 April 14:07, by Modongo Mundra

    cont<< it’s His[Kiir] weakness that brought our country to this uncontrolled situation, just to remind you South Sudan is out of control now even Kiir himself and the people in circle with him has nothing to do now about this suffering, they are hoping for the outsiders [peace guarantor] to help bring this situation to an end and this can be done only if we allow Colonial government to rule us

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  • 1 April 14:11, by Modongo Mundra

    cont<< for UN to takeover is real something which is unpredictable and perhaps the dream that can’t be accomplished, it’s a big red-line to let out country be ruled by UN just because of so-called Kiir the mission of liberating south sudan was done collectively and it has to be managed collectively No Lion-share you know what i meant, No one is better, No one is more stronger, No one is above the

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    • 1 April 14:17, by Modongo Mundra

      cont<< where on the earth the president has complete power to fire and appoint at any level ?? well this happens only in the countries ruled unconstitutional like South Sudan. Kiir is everything, he can build & destroy ohhh !! Hell this Idiot must be pulled out at any cost whether it needs millions of lives it’s better to die for truths
      Kiir [is appointing unprofessional governor] like him

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  • 1 April 14:24, by Modongo Mundra

    cont<< just to plant hatred and divisions in the community what a president ?? if Machar is the only threat to his system hey well now Machar isn’t even in the country he has a great opportunity now to show leaderships character to the citizens by promoting peace, unity, deliver services to the people & guarantee their safety ... did he did all this ??? Now what’s He for ?? Looting and killing

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  • 1 April 14:30, by Modongo Mundra

    cont<< Dear fellow countryman let’s not rely on peace from outside, peace is within peace bought from outside costs a lot and it’s fake because they are doing business.. let’s not be fooled by this two guys [ Kiir & Machar] both of them had been in the system since independent, what did they do in terms of development, security rather than looting the country’s resource as if it’s for their own, <

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  • 1 April 14:34, by Modongo Mundra

    cont<< they are well known for corruption, looting, killing and selfishness.. let’s join our hands together and speak out the truth because the truth is the way to lift this suffering from our people, don’t support anyone who’s close to you if he/she is doing wrongs instead embrace on peace unity and harmony among south sudanese.......

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  • 1 April 14:35, by Modongo Mundra

    cont<< they are well known for corruption, looting, killing and selfishness.. let’s join our hands together and speak out the truth because the truth is the way to lift this suffering from our people, don’t support anyone who’s close to you if he/she is doing wrongs instead embrace on peace unity and harmony among south sudanese.......

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  • 1 April 14:41, by Modongo Mundra

    cont< LONG LIVE SOUTH SUDAN!!! ONE PEOPLE ONE NATION

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