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S. Sudan’s warring factions warned over violating ceasefire

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January 24, 2018 (JUBA) – The United Nations peacekeeping chief, Jean-Pierre Lacroix told the Security Council on Wednesday that South Sudan’s ceasefire deal has already been violated numerous times, yet it offer a great opportunity to end the country’s civil war.

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The head of the UN peacekeeping mission, Jean-Pierre Lacroix speaks to reporters in Juba, August 1, 2017 (UN photo)

“These violations by the parties and the continuing hostile propaganda undertaken against one another are worrisome, as they illustrate a lack of genuine commitment to honour their words, and de-facto undermine the regional and international efforts to revitalize the peace process,” said Lacroix.

The Agreement on the Cessation of Hostilities, Protection of Civilians and Humanitarian Access among the warring South Sudanese parties was brokered by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

“The South Sudanese parties must realize that the international community and the region will not continue to tolerate Agreements being signed, only to be violated in total impunity,” said the UN peacekeeping chief, while urging members of the Security Council to take decisive actions against the violators of the ceasefire deal.

The conflict in South Sudan, now in its fifth year, has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced more than two millions since it broke out due to political disagreements in the country’s ruling party.

The high-level revitalization forum initiated by IGAD is expected to resume on 5 February in Ethiopia, focusing on governance, transitional security arrangements and a permanent ceasefire.

“It will be crucial for the South Sudanese parties to participate in the Forum in good faith and with a view to make the necessary compromises required for South Sudan to return on the path to a sustainable peace,” said the senior UN official.

He added, “The South Sudanese parties must realize that the international community and the region will not continue to tolerate agreements being signed”.

Lacroix warned about the magnitude of conflict-related sexual violence in South Sudan, which, he said, reached deplorable levels.

“Unfortunately, these human rights violations are compounded by impunity, with perpetrators not being held to account,” stressed Lacroix, urging President Silva Kiir to end this impunity.

According to the UN, there were 2,670 incidents of sexual and gender-based violence, including conflict- related incidents perpetrated by both state and non-state actors in 2017.

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  • 25 January 09:39, by Sunday Junup

    Juba violated 2015 agreement in July 2016 at your watch and now you are digging the bush for whom to blame!

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    • 25 January 09:55, by Rumbek S. Sudan

      President Kiir look as if he is not a human being, because human being at least would feel what others are going through. Him and Riak Machar never felt the situation we South Sudanese are going through. Ending this conflict is in their hands but they don’t want to end it. We tried to praise him even where he should not, just to have a change of heart, but still he cannot bring peace.

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      • 25 January 11:35, by Eastern

        Apportioning the SAME AMOUNT OF BLAME on both Kiir and Machar is counterproductive.....Machar is already getting his punishment. What have those complaining done to Kiir the obstinate cattle camp leader?

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    • 26 January 03:59, by Jubaa5

      Majority of educated Dinkas now have realised that Salva kiir is a stupid idiot president is using Dinkas to keep him in power. look around Juba,have you seen how dinka people are really suffering!! No food no Jobs in their own country!!
      BECAUSE OF ONE MAN CAUSING ALL THIS!!
      But the question is where are the brave generals in the army to rescue this country? Is it difficult to overthrow Salva Kiir

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  • 25 January 10:01, by Tilo

    The Regime does not understand the language you are talking, they can understand and respect the agreement only if serious aggressive action is taken against them.

    UNSC should stop talking they need to impose embargo and sanction including travel ban
    Most of this so called politicians are sick and cannot live without medication so once is impose peace may reign in the country

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    • 25 January 13:00, by jubaone

      Tilo,
      Just as a historical reflection on dictators:
      Hitler, Musollini, Idi Amin, Pol Pot, Bokassa, Sadam Hussein, Gadaffi, Mubarak, Noriega and all the rest had to be forcefully removed. It is so stupid to talk to the Kiirminal. We dont need foreign armies to march into SS, give a pinch of arms to the "rebels" and the work is over. It is cheap and effective.

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  • 25 January 10:42, by Kenyang ll

    As long Salva Kiir, a fool remain South Sudan President, peace will not come, not this year or next.

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    • 26 January 05:45, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Kenyang,

      So now we are at the same wavelength about Kiir.

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  • 26 January 05:42, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    All the people of South Sudan need is peace but it can not be implemented under the present conditions in which President Kiir uses the contents of national coffer to buy weapons with which he kills citizens who threaten his life presidency. This peace can come about if a good samaritan gives arms to victims of this war to defend themselves and take the war to the door way of J1.

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