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IGAD says “dismayed” by ceasefire violations in S. Sudan

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March 20, 2018 (JUBA) - The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Council of Ministers said is it “dismayed” by reports of the continued violations of the cessations of hostilities agreement that continues with impunity in parts of South Sudan.

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The High Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) at the African Union Hall, Addis Ababa (Getty)

“The failure to comply with the duty to investigate and report the accountability measures taken against perpetrators of violations of the COHA [Cessations of Hostilities Agreement] can be considered as non-compliance to Article 13 of the COHA,” IGAD said Tuesday.

The IGAD Council of Ministers also recalled a 25 January statement, in which it called on South Sudan government and the armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) to undertake the necessary investigation and ensure accountability of the ceasefire violators.

The Council, in the statement, recalled its earlier demand on the parties to provide information of the responsible individual(s)/groups(s) to Ceasefire Transition Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) within a month from the time the statement was issued.

“However, the council notes with regrets that no party has submitted its report to CTSAMM as of the issuance of this statement,” it stated.

The Council, however, called on all the parties to the conflict to fully observe their obligation under the cessation of hostilities agreement and further expressed its firm determination to take appropriate actions on the non-compliance to its statement issued in 25 January.

Last week, the SPLM-IO led by the former First Vice President, Riek Machar accused the Juba government army of breaching the ceasefire and killing one of their combatants in Yei River state, an accusation denied by the latter.

The warring parties involved in the South Sudanese conflict signed a cessation of hostilities agreement on 21 December 2017, but often trade accusations of repeated violations of the truce they both committed themselves to.

(ST)

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  • 21 March 08:20, by Games

    I think the time is come for us South Sudanes to look for others options to bring peace into our country. IGAD countries would never bring any sign of peace. Instead they are killing us slowly. Also the JCE leads government are going to be the ones get hurt most in longer term. The IGAD will slow the peace process till Salva Kiir’ administration has completely run out for everythings.

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  • 21 March 08:33, by Theallseeingeye

    "The Council, however, called on all the parties to the conflict to fully observe their obligation under the cessation of hostilities agreement " how many times did IGAD repeated this statement and the ceasefire is violated later afterward, even on the same day that this statement was announce a violation happened, luckily that IGAD now has "reports of the continued violations"

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    • 21 March 08:37, by Theallseeingeye

      cont...
      at hand now its a time to do something about it.

      but again how come IGAD say "“However, the council notes with regrets that no party has submitted its report to CTSAMM as of the issuance of this statement,” and yet the IO has been constantly calling on CTSAMM for investigation on the Gov offenses in equatorial, upper Nile and Bahr El Gazal
      it that Kind of another Joke ya "South South"?

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  • 21 March 08:55, by Eastern

    Let IGAD go to the moon to say that again! The regime in Juba is one lead by cattle camp champion drawn largely from Africa’s most primitive tribe south of the Sahara. This tribe is now courting trouble in the USA, Australia and closer to home in Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. It’s a headache dealing with the dinka people.

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    • 21 March 09:12, by jubaone

      Eastern
      Omar Bashir must be the happiest man alive to have gotten rid of "these" jienges from Khartoum. Now, it is a real battle for us Equatorians to get rid of them. They are like fleas that have stuck onto your skin and suck your blood. Remove it, blood will flow out from the wound, you hit it, you´re simply hitting and hurting yourself.

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    • 21 March 09:30, by Games

      Eastern
      We should propose another names for them that differ from rests of us. You absolutely right, these pigs are causing lots of mess around the globe. I was in Sydney, Australia 2 years ago. I went to the restaurant and a lady in counter asked if I was Dinka then said no, I am not Dinka then she said oh my God and given me a water which I didn’t even asked for. Dinka are being hated worldwide

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  • 21 March 09:50, by Kush Natives

    The IGAD is not one that paying the consequences of attacks, so that’s none business of IGAD as long their paychecks is still payable to IGAD. IGAD will never go and look for you rebels in the bushes, so that you sign the peace agreement. IGAD is writing a book to show the U.N. that they’re doing their job, vCard U.N. pays them.

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    • 21 March 09:57, by Kush Natives

      IGAD will be dismayed till Jesus Christ come, nothing will be done in South Sudan, until we South Sudanese committ ourselves and treat it as our problem. Those of Jubaone, Eastern, Midit and alike MUST stop U.N. aids mentality,U.N. will not distribute the peace to you!

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  • 21 March 09:50, by Mopedi

    Hello all
    Everyone must know that IGAD, or Troika, USA, Russia, and China will never "bring peace" in South. Does our peace have meaning for them?
    certainly no! because they invest in war than in peace. In addition, why should they bring the peace that destroys their livelihoods? it is upon SS to change and choose what make meaning for themselves.

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  • 21 March 10:34, by Lenin Bull

    No peace is being violated in South Sudan. IGAD is feeling cold and the damned troika enjoying sex in their happy western hemisphere without giving more money to their surrogates in IGAD. IGAD wants to maintain its lucrative business lifeline by shouting ceasefire violations in South Sudan for more money and more business deals period. They have screwed us hard and young from behind.

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