Ceasefire monitor condemns ongoing fighting
The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), the body entrusted to oversee the implementation of the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS) has condemned the fresh fighting between the government and the armed opposition groups.
Festus Mugae, the Chairperson of JMEC urged both parties to the conflict to immediately stop the violence and other forms of violence against the civil population.
Speaking during the 18th JMEC plenary meeting, Mugae said they have been informed by the Ceasefire Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) about several outbreak of fighting in different places across the country.
“I condemn this violence and I take this opportunity to again reiterate our demand to all armed groups in South Sudan, especially forces of the SPLA-IG and the SPLA-IO, to immediately and permanently stop fighting and all acts of abuse and violence against civilians,” he said.
Mugae said that the security, humanitarian and the economic situation in the country remaines fragile and precarious, adding that with the onset of the rainy season, aid delivery is further complicated.
He further called on the Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU) to ensure a secure environment for humanitarian workers and to guarantee unhindered access, including reconsideration of any prohibitive fees and levies that may obstruct operations of Humanitarian agencies.
Meanwhile, Dr. Martin Elias Lomuro, Minister of Cabinet Affaires said that the security situation around the country has tremendously improved with no combat operations in all the thirty two states.
Dr. Lomuro said the fights and ambushes that were rampant and frequent are now sporadic and substantially diminished.
Dr. Lomuro blames the armed groups loyal to Dr. Riek Machar for not adhering to the unilateral ceasefire that was declared by President Salva Kiir.
The Cabinet Minister said the unilateral ceasefire declared by the president has not been reciprocated by the other armed groups.
He called on the African Union to insist and bear on those armed groups to denounce violence and support the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ACRSS)
Dr. Lomuro said the armed opposition groups should declare ceasefire to silence the gun and enhance peace in the country.