South Sudan

UN Warns Kiir, Machar as Peace Talks Stall


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In his address to the press in Geneva, Ban expressed his concern over the dire situation in South Sudan, demanding that both parties must live up to their commitments and comply with the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement signed in Addis Ababa.

He also stressed that commitments made at donor conference in Oslo ought to be “translated into funding to save lives now” and avert the looming humanitarian crisis.

During the 26th IGAD’s Extra-Ordinary Summit (June10), both President Kirr and Dr. Machar recommitted to stop the war, engage in the peace process, provide unimpeded humanitarian corridors to affected population as well as hasten and finalize a genuine and inclusive dialogue on the formation of a transitional government of national unity within sixty days.

However, peace talks could not resume this Monday as planned after the IGAD mediator described Kiir and Machar as “stupid” for not finding a political solution to their disagreements.

Early this year, Mr. Ban expressed “grave concern” about hostilities and called for an “immediate” end to all military operations.

The fighting, which has already uprooted over one million people, including 75,000-80,000 civilians who have sought safety at UN peacekeeping bases around the country, continues.

Government insists it will not carry out any military operations against rebels but that it would respond when provoked.

As part of the May agreement, the two South Sudanese officials agreed to meet on a monthly basis to review progress in the implementation of the accord.


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