South Sudan

Kiir, Machar Warned on Fresh Fighting


shop geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>The statement came just hours after rebels loyal to Riek Machar announced the seizure of tanks, for sale army vehicles and heavy artillery from retreating government soldiers.

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SPLA recently denied reports that all soldiers in forward positions on the frontline had abandoned their positions before defecting to Machar’s rebel movement.

However, government said some soldiers had indeed defected due to delayed salaries which officials said is an “administrative matter that will be sorted out soon.”

AUPSC expressed “its deep concern that, in spite of the commitments made by the Parties, the Government and the SPLM/A in opposition have failed to meaningfully move forward the peace process and bring an end to the senseless killing of innocent civilians”.

It further said President Salva Kiir and Machar should fully implement their commitments and show political will to enable the success of the peace negotiations.

Rebels and government mediators on Monday refused to attend the opening ceremony of the peace talks in Addis Ababa.

SPLM/SPLA said the mechanism of selecting stakeholders in the delegates’ conference was “faulty” while the government side accused some mediators of being disrespectful.

Rebels called for “a credible, transparent, and inclusive process to be conducted” if the rebel group is to attend the peace talks.

However, African Union reiterated “its readiness, upon recommendation by IGAD, to immediately take targeted sanctions and other measures against any party that continues to undermine the search for a solution to the conflict and fails to honor its commitments”.


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