South Sudan

AU Weighs In On Bentiu Mosque Massacre

no rx geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>In this respect, ailment she strongly condemned the deliberate and criminal attack on civilians in Bentiu, seek Unity State, on April 15, 2014, where over 200 civilians were reportedly killed and more than 400 wounded while sheltering in a Mosque.

“This dastardly act was followed by another attack on civilians who were under the protection of peacekeepers in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) camp in Bor, Jonglei State, on April 17, 2014, during which over 40 people were killed and many others were wounded,” reads a statement from AU.

This tragedy, according to Dlamini-Zuma, is all the more shocking as it came amid efforts by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to facilitate the implementation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement that was signed by the Government of the Republic of South Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A – in opposition), on 23 January 2014.

“The Chairperson of the Commission would like to remind both the Government and the SPLM/A (in opposition) of their responsibility to fully abide by the Agreements they signed and their obligation regarding the protection of all civilians, including those who are under the protection of the UN.”

She further urged both parties to fully cooperate with the IGAD-led Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (MVM), in order to investigate these attacks and to bring their perpetrators to justice.

“The Chairperson of the Commission strongly urges both parties to the conflict in South Sudan to take seriously the upcoming political negotiations to resolve their dispute and fully cooperate with IGAD to facilitate the early completion of the deployment of the Monitoring and Verification Teams (MVTs), so as to avoid such similar tragedies in the future.”

Worth noting, AU will continue to support IGAD efforts aimed at finding a comprehensive and lasting solution to the conflict in South Sudan.

Meanwhile, fighting in South Sudan has resumed as most of the states are experiencing clashes between government troops and rebel forces.

Currently, rebels are planning to march onto Bor town in Jonglei state; Ugandan troops have vowed to crash them to the last man.

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