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South Sudan denies truce violation after troika condemnation

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South Sudan's Information Minister Michael Makuei (File photo Samir Bol/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
January 2, 2018 (JUBA)- South Sudan government Tuesday denied violating the cessation of hostilities brokered by the IGAD mediators, saying its cabinet had approved the agreement and directed the army to comply.

The Information minister and the government spokesman told the state-owned South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation that the practice of apportioning blames was encouraging violations.

“When two people go to court, one of them gets charged and the other gets the answer. Not all of them get punished. What those involved in monitoring the ceasefire do encourages the continuation of violations. You cannot punish all. The violator has to be identified and made to account. The council of ministers after the return of the delegation from Addis Ababa approved the cessation of hostilities agreement and the cabinet gave directive through the ministry of defence and other relevant institutions to comply with the directive,” explained Minister Michael Makuei Lueth.

The government spokesperson blamed the armed opposition forces for having been responsible for violations in a number of places in the country, pointing to recent developments in Equatoria region, Bahr el Ghazal region specifically the incident in which humanitarian workers were abducted and Southern Leer and Koch County in unity region as well as in areas of Akobo.

“The so called rebels of Riek Machar have never violated any ceasefire and instead of holding them to account for these clear violates, those who are charged with the monitoring and report these violations continue to make their reports calling on the parties to stop. This is not correct and this kind of reporting is the one that is encouraging continuous violation by the rebels,” said Lueth.

His comments follow a statement released by members of the Troika countries - Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States - condemning the violation of the ceasefire agreement.

The three countries condemned through a joint statement on Tuesday the violations of the agreement on the cessation of hostilities signed in Addis Ababa on 21 December by what they consider as the warring parties in South Sudan.

The statement called on all signatories of the cessation of hostilities agreement, and the field commanders to immediately end all military operations, urging the warring parties to put the South Sudanese people’s well-being ahead of their own narrow political interests.

“We also call on all CoH parties, and every level of government, to abide by the November 9 Presidential Order for unfettered humanitarian access. We further call for full cooperation with CTSAMM in meeting its CoH responsibilities, and with UNMISS in carrying out its UN Security Council mandate – as both are working for the South Sudanese people’s greater good,” the statement reads.

The troika countries, which are also the guarantors of the peace agreement, pointed out that the field commanders, and their political superiors, will be held accountable for violating the cessation of hostilities agreement, impeding humanitarian aid, and hindering CTSAMM and UNMISS operations.

The countries commended IGAD for its leadership of the High-Level Revitalization Forum, pointing out that: “We insist all participants engage in the Forum with seriousness of purpose and genuine commitment to bringing lasting peace to the South Sudanese people”.

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  • 3 January 07:21, by doot

    Mr Minister,

    There is a violation of cessation of Hostilities.
    Troika’s condemnation is a version of this violation.
    unless otherwise,court should not charge the Troika for condemnation.

    Violator should take the responsibility of this.

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  • 3 January 07:40, by Eastern

    The rebels of Machar are not so-called. They are real and are the cause of headache to the tribal regime in Juba.

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    • 3 January 12:41, by South South

      Eastern,
      It’s right time to call things by their names. We need to correct this issue of violation of peace. Someone is doing it and we need to call that person out by his name so that the all world should know, is that difficult?

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      • 3 January 13:45, by Eastern

        South South,

        It’snt difficult. For the record, I have been calling out Kiir on many occasions for being the reason for the current crises. Now Kiir’s SPLA are deploying, attacking SPLA-IO, etc in clear violation of the recently signed COH. Why did the tribal regime accept to sign the COH which they are not honouring.

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        • 3 January 14:58, by South South

          Eastern,

          It’s one thing to say that Kiir is deploying and attacking SPLA-IO, it’s another to show us evidences of these accusations. I have said before that peace is not easy as we think, even with cease fire in place a few of violations will happen. What is the solution? Attach to peace and overcome small things.

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          • 3 January 19:58, by Eastern

            South South,

            To whom will the evidence be adduced? What you call SMALL THINGS is what will derail the COH. As I have always observed, Kiir cannot have his cake and have it: Kiir must cede power for the raging heat to die off. If you continue to believe that all is well and those opposing Kiir’s regime are just so-called rebels, then be my guest..!

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            • 3 January 21:17, by South South

              Eastern,

              You are threatening and you are using language of war which will not help anyone in South Sudan. War is not easy and we have seen what happened in last 5 years. Those who want power have to accept peace and come back home to campaign for it. It’s only people of South Sudan who will give power to people, not through gun points, only our people are the power I know.5 years, no achieving.

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              • 3 January 21:23, by Eastern

                South South,

                I am not threatening but saying the obvious. If Kiir still want to use folks like Makuei to advance his cause, then forget about any peaceful negotiations. Makuei’s line of thought is that there is no any rebel forces to reckon with but a so-called rebel group(s) (supposedly advanced by foreigners). Some South Sudanese are quickly forgetting that southern Sudanese bled but foreigners

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                • 3 January 21:25, by Eastern

                  ....helped a GREAT DEAL...! Foreigners will continue to remain STAKEHOLDERS in South Sudanese affairs. I am wondering how Kiir plans to be the president without the undue influence of YABA MUSEVENI...!

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                  • 3 January 23:29, by South South

                    Eastern,

                    The main point Makuei Lueth made is that we need to start calling things by their names. Who violated peace agreement? IGAD and International Community know that very well.Why are injecting Kiir’s name into this simple issue?

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          • 4 January 01:24, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

            South South,

            Tell your boss to start behaving like a real leader of a nation state by being visionary. He should embrace integrity, humility and humanity in order for him to succeed in life. For you, what type of evidence do you want with our Lasu forcefully occupied by forces of occupation and aggression?

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  • 3 January 07:47, by Sunday Junup

    Makuey Lueth,
    You Violate the agreement because those of JMEC are with you in Juba thinking you will manipulate them.

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  • 3 January 09:09, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    we the people of South Sudan should come to our realisation that what we are going to our country is totally unacceptable we need not to be told what to do.
    Why are other people who have developed their nation so much concern and we are not? what picture are we signalling to the rest of the world? We need to thinks twice about this and think outside the box

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    • 3 January 09:58, by Tilo

      Only if our leaders have humanity and vision for the country otherwise the so called leaders of SS is for their own self interest that’s why they insist on fighting to distract citizen so that election can not be held.
      There time is coming, they are all gonna die soon, vacate office and peace reign in the country

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  • 3 January 20:24, by Habibi

    keep burning south sudan, keep burning....

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