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UN chief urges South Sudan’s parties to maintain ceasefire


December 18, 2019 (NEW YORK) – The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres has expressed concerned over clashes between government and opposition forces in Central Equatoria and Western Equatoria areas, urging all the parties to maintain the ceasefire.

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António Guterres (Photo Reuters/ Denis Balibouse)

“It must be emphasized that the ceasefire is a fundamental achievement of the peace process. As the leaders move forward, maintaining the ceasefire must remain paramount, and the responsibility for it lies with them,” he told the Security Council Tuesday.

Guterres, in his report on South Sudan, said there were 17 alleged clashed between the National Salvation Front (NAS) and government forces within the Central and Western Equatoria areas.

He said a political solution, through sustained dialogue, is the only way forward for lasting peace to be achieved in the young nation.

“The United Nations stands ready to continue to support the parties through this process to ensure that the resolution of outstanding tasks can be attained,” said Guterres.

Last month, President Salva Kiir and the country’s main opposition leader Riek Machar agreed to delay key benchmarks in the revitalized peace agreement by an additional 100 days.

The delay in forming a transitional national unity government on November 12, 2019, came after Machar’s group raised concerns that the country’s security arrangements are still incomplete.

According to the UN chief, over the 100-days period, it is the political will of the parties that will determine the achievement of success.

“The parties need to move forward to accomplish outstanding tasks and to build the confidence and trust that South Sudan so desperately needs,” stressed Guterres.

“It is therefore critical that progress is measured against the agreed benchmarks,” he added.

Meanwhile, the UN Secretary-General expressed serious concerns over reports of soldiers leaving cantonment sites owing to the lack of resources, requesting the parties to address this matter urgently.

He further encouraged the parties to continue dialogue to resolve the issue of states and their boundaries, which is he described as “critical” to the attainment of sustained peace in the war-torn nation.

“The parties must commit themselves to a process of negotiation, compromise and political settlement. To this end, I call upon the parties to agree to a defined process and mechanism to forge a way forward in the spirit of peace and compromise,” said Guterres.

South Sudan descended into civil war in mid-December 2013 when President Kiir accused his former deputy Machar of plotting a coup, allegations the latter denied.

In September last year, the country’s rival factions signed a revitalized peace deal to end the civil war that killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions.


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  • 19 December 2019 08:48, by Midit Mitot

    If your one hand is painful, the whole body will be painful as well. If this the real peace in the country NAS should not left out.

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    • 19 December 2019 10:01, by jubaone

      Midit Mitot,
      Your analysis is very correct, but jienges believe they are the head, yet their eyes and ears (Equatorians) and the Nuers (hands, legs) dont matter. They can do it alone. But now, it seems the foolish majority have come to their senses. Sometimes idiots have to learn it the hard way. They incarcerated Riek for 3 years, now the fools desperately want him back.

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      • 19 December 2019 14:06, by South South

        You are very stupid an old man who lost the power of the thinking because of your age. Who refused to include NAS in peace. Isn’t it monkeys who refused to join peace at their own will? We are moving forward with peace in our country. Join it and be part of the history or continue hunting for rats and monkeys. This is not rock science. Any stupid move by monkeys will be met with Ak-47.

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        • 19 December 2019 17:51, by jubaone

          South South
          I dont know how old you are, but judging from your responses, you cant be less than 40 yrs. Too old to be such a dummy. From 1983-2005=22 yrs; from 2005-2019=14 yrs that makes 36 yrs. But if you claim to have joined the SPLA as a cook or water carrier, you should have been 10 or at least 12 yrs, that makes 46-48 years. Too old to be that stupid.

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          • 19 December 2019 19:21, by South South

            An old man is telling lies again. You said UN and USA forced IGAD to release Riek, that’s lie. You just made up these bogus numbers and think that you got my age, that’s lie. Liar and stupid old man. Shut up your dirt mouth full with monkeys meat.

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        • 19 December 2019 17:56, by jubaone

          South South
          You jienge kaffir, you had peace from 2005 till today, yet you are still a desperate jienge refugee who has no home. What peace? You often scolded Riek, now you adore him like some cheap whore on the lookout for cash or expecting some goodies. The kiirminal like the "foolish majority" have nothing to offer: they cant fight, they cant develop just like giant gorillas in a zoo.

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          • 19 December 2019 19:26, by South South


            Kiir is sitting on power, just come and try to challenge him. Monkey poop will be smelled from 200 miles. It’s power which will teach monkey like you very dear lessons. Just wait and see, more power will be used to teach any monkey with dirty mouth a dear lesson he/she will never forget. We are in this to win, the end.

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      • 19 December 2019 16:37, by The Rhino


        Dinka people are like pigs.They eat their own vomits after leaving the same spot in only few minutes.Their actions contradict every logic.We will see how things develop from here.

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        • 19 December 2019 18:30, by jubaone

          Our strategy is "Non Cooperation". Just watch them as if you were entering a zoo or a wild animal reserve. Have nothing to do with them cuz they are of no value. They are simply a worthless burden.

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  • 19 December 2019 08:53, by Midit Mitot


    Because South Sudan has become business center, then many nations can cook their mind to continues investing money with endless war.

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    • 19 December 2019 14:12, by South South

      NAS refuses to accept peace, what do you want us to do? Give up our country and sit waiting for monkeys to come? No,we will not do that. Riek is trying very hard to get what he wants and make peace works. I respect him for that, but to sit with monkeys in bushes and try to release bogus statements will not stop us from running our country. Monkey and rat hunters can’t be allowed to hold our

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