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January 27, 2018 (JUBA) - The chairman of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) has called to sanction the violators of the cessation of hostilities agreement pointing that the humanitarian situation has seen little improvement.

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JMEC Chairman, Festus Mogae, briefs the UN Security Council, on the implementation of the peace agreement on 31 March 2016 (ST Photo)

President Festus Mogae made his call in a speech he delivered before the IGAD Council of Ministers on Saturday 27 January in Addis Ababa as they gathered to discuss the revitalization process before its resumption next February.

He told the meeting that several violations had been reported in Central Equatoria, Unity, Jonglei and Upper Nile States, causing further displacement of civilians. He added that the ceasefire body CTSAMM blamed the SPLA-IO (Machar) and SPLA-IG respectively" for the violence in Koch and Mundri as an investigation into other clashes still going on.

"For the revitalisation process to be successful there must be a clear understanding among all South Sudanese leaders of the consequences of non-compliance and the determination of IGAD to ensure that agreements are complied with," said Mogae

He recalled that the cessation of hostilities agreement provides JMEC chairperson has to report serious breaches to the government, IGAD, AU Peace and Security Council and UN Security Council for their action.

"It is now time to revisit the range of practical measures that can be applied in earnest to those who refuse to take this process seriously. We must, with one voice, make clear the consequences to be faced by those who willfully violate, spoil or derail the Peace Agreement," he emphasized.

SPLM-IO WELCOMES

In reaction to Mogae’s call for sanctions, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement In Opposition led by the former First Vice President Riek Machar has welcomed called to sanction ceasefire violators by the head of peace monitoring body (JMEC) but asked for a credible investigation to identify the responsible.

"The SPLA IO welcomes the call for sanctions by the head of JMEC on violations of the CoH Agreement signed on 21/12/2017," said SPLM-IO Machar spokesperson Lam Paul Gabriel in a statement released on Saturday night.

"However, there should be a proper investigation and fairness to identify those responsible," he further stressed.

The rebel official however denied any responsibility for his group in the fighting in Koch and Mundri, pointing that the violence was provoked by the government troops.

Gabriel further reminded that the government still did not release the prisoners of war and political detainees and they did free them on 7 January 2018.

HUMANITARIAN SITUATION

President Mogae informed the meeting that the humanitarian situation " has seen very little improvement in recent months".

He said the number of war-affected people who fled their areas of origin to other regions or outside the country remains at 4.1 million.

’’ UN-OCHA estimates that food shortages will leave around 5.1 million people unable to feed themselves properly by April," he added.

Also, he said the aid workers continue to face difficulties to reach civilians despite a presidential decree ordering to facilitate the humanitarian access.

"In 2017 in South Sudan, there were 1,159 recorded humanitarian access incidents and 28 aid workers were killed," he said.

(ST)

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  • 28 January 11:38, by Tilo

    JMEC should not call for sanction, JMEC should just come up with the names of perpetrators/violators and impose sanction on them. And this must include their father for his the very one who gives them order and allow them to violate the agreement
    Enough of the talk Mogue we need action now

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  • 28 January 18:06, by dinkdong

    No more sanctions to generals, but to Kiir and Riek

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    • 30 January 00:49, by choldit

      The JMEC Festus Mogae is not serious about sanctioning govt leaders. It just looks for those who received orders but not those those who issued orders. See that he left the recent Jonglie battle out becoz it was caused by Taban Deng Gai, the illegal Vice President. Who does Mogae want? Dr Machar that they house arrested in SA becoz he ran away in July 2016 when they want to kill him in J1. Fool!

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  • 28 January 19:47, by Mayendit

    Now IGAD, AU, UN, and other actors agrees to takes action against president Salve Kiir Mayardit and his government. The rebels are very happy to sees body of the world are united against her own nation just because of power greed. The pew working under president Salve Kiir Mayardit have no interest of changing style but to keep Salve Kiir so that, they can loot money. Time for consideration resign

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  • 28 January 20:00, by Mayendit

    We have seen three brothers from Dinka Malual have been murdered inside Juba and the government did not say word and this is very sad. The few Gogrial people are putting peaceful president Salve Kiir in to bad record or even worsen. Again, I would like to see president resigning sooner because there is no improvement as those around him are enemies. Taban Deng Gai not good friend. Awet Akot not fr

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  • 28 January 20:13, by Mayendit

    I am wondering why the president can not acknowledge what is going on now. Hon, Michael Makuei Lueth, Martin Lumuruo just to mentions few that, they are real good people who want to see good things happen but those people like Daniel Awet Akot, Kuol Manyang Juuk, deputy governor of Jonglie State, Taban Deng Gai, Tor Deng Mawien all these people have baggage against president Kiir.

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  • 28 January 20:25, by Mayendit

    The baggage of those mentions above are as follows:

    1. Taban Deng Gai make himself cool guy but he is the worst ever than Riek Machar. 2. Kuol Manyang Juuk told his people that, there is a smart way to pushed president Salve Kiir away and he was telling pro Dr. Majak D, Agot. 3 Daniel Awet Akot said that, president Kiir is too stupid to lead. Wel Athui deputy governor to Jonglie State, Tor Deng M

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