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US, EU Want Kiir to Disband Mathiang Anyor Militia

South Sudan President, Salvar Kiir
South Sudan President, Salvar Kiir

    By: Dickens H Okello

  • May 8,2017
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The United States and the European Union have appealed to the South Sudan government to disband the militia group, Mathinag Anyor.

A joint statement released on Monday morning by the Torika states (United States, United Kindom and Norway) and the European Union said President Salva Kiir should implement the ceasefire he announced in late March.

“The Troika and EU call on President Kiir to implement immediately his commitment to a unilateral ceasefire as conveyed to IGAD heads of state on 25 March,” part of the statement released today said.

The western nations pointed out the government offensives in many parts of the country that have resulted in dire humanitarian crisis and displaced a hundred thousand people.

“Large government offensives in Yuai, Waat, Tonga and Kodok have resulted in even more tragic humanitarian consequences, displacing 50,000-100,000 individuals in recent weeks. Government forces continue to target civilians in violation of the law of armed conflict.”

The powers want SPLA under President Salva Kiir to withdraw from the frontline and also do away with the ruthless Mathiang Anyor.

“The government commitment must go beyond simply a cessation of hostilities but include withdrawing troops; disbanding ethnic militias; helping, not hindering humanitarian assistance; and releasing political detainees,” the statement stressed.

The September 2016 Sentry report indicated that Mathiang Anyor were recruited by SPAL Chief of Staff, Paul Malong Awan and trained from Kiir’s farm in Luri.

In Today’s statement, Torika and EU also called on the opposition forces of Dr. Riek Machar to stop attacking civilians adding that there is no window for military solution in South Sudan.

“Opposition attacks on civilians are disrupting lifesaving aid and commercial trade. We continue to underline that there is no military solution to the conflict.”

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