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IGAD warns of sanctions on violators of S. Sudan ceasefire

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March 26, 2018 (JUBA) – The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an East African regional bloc that brokered the South Sudan’s peace pact, has urged the warring parties to respect the ceasefire agreements and report violations to the Ceasefire Transitional Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM).

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

The IGAD council of ministers, in a communiqué of its 61st session on the situation in South Sudan, said it recognizes the significant progress made by the parties during the last sessions of the High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF), particularly on governance and security issues and, endorses the reconvening of phase II to continue in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 26-30 April 2018.

It, however, expressed “extreme” concern on the report submitted by CTSAMM on flagrant violations of the ceasefire agreement by South Sudan government troops in Nassir area on 12 February, 2018.

The IGAD council, according to the communiqué, “Decides in line with the Council’s Communiqué of January 26, 2018 to take targeted sanctions against individual violators and refer to the AU Peace and Security Council for appropriate punitive measures”.

It further urged South Sudan’s coalition government and armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) to investigate and hold criminally accountable all those found to be responsible and submit to the chair of the IGAD Council a report to this effect within 30 days.

The chairperson of the African Union (AU), Moussa Faki had previously warned that AU sanctions would apply to individuals blocking the peace process in the war-torn East African country.

On Friday, the United Nations extended the life of a special Commission on Human Rights that is probing crimes in South Sudan for a year. The move came a week after the UN Security Council renewed the mandate of peacekeepers operating in South Sudan.

While renewing the UN mandate, the Security Council expressed concerns about the delay in setting up a hybrid court for South Sudan and threatened to impose an arms embargo on the country.

These actions, analysts say, reflect the mounting frustration at the world body and in the region at large over the complete failure of South Sudanese leaders to end their abuse of civilians in the country.

South Sudan has been mired in conflict between force loyal to President Salva Kiir and rebels led by Machar since December 2013. The conflict has killed tens of thousands and displaced almost over 2 million people from their homes, including over a million refugees who fled to neighbouring nations.

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  • 27 March 10:36, by Sunday Junup

    It is a time for action not a time for talk!

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    • 27 March 20:47, by garrak1520

      The government of South Sudan never wanted peace; this man made disaster was created or is created to hoard the wealth of South Sudan by Kiir and his cronies. IGAD must act and put an end to this nonsense. South Sudan people do not deserve this.

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  • 27 March 10:47, by Eastern

    Unless IGAD, an organisation HEADQUARTED IN A DONKEY WORSHIPING COUNTRY wants to tell the world, it also exists! The last time I checked is to find out that a donkey is a very stupid ey obedient beast of burden. Can any Dinka boy tow that line?!

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  • 27 March 16:51, by lino

    Government militias are on the move to kill so a revitalization collapsed; next phase will be crucially important as we may have other players like Malong Awan and Telar entering the talks!!! Now Riek Machar out of prison which will add little salt and pepper! Getting ugly boys!!!

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    • 28 March 19:33, by lino

      Warning since 2014 without action is not enough with these folks!!!

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  • 27 March 19:07, by Lenin Bull

    We pray for true total peace from God. Those who love South Sudan and its people should work for peace and not for killing because whether in IO or in government we are all one people. No enemy.

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    • 28 March 01:02, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Lenin Bull,

      So sense is entering your skull!! What a 360 degrees turn!! You raped, stole and killed millions. It is about time you face justice. No justice no peace.

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