21 Apr 2018

 

Troika Demands End To Violation Of Ceasefire Agreement

The Troika Heads of Mission of the United Kingdom, United States, and Norway are demanding for an end to the military operations that lead to violation of the Cessation of Hostilities (CoH) agreement signed late last year at the High Level Revitalization Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Troika Demands End To Violation Of Ceasefire Agreement
Representatives of the TROIKA member countries in a past media briefing in Nairobi, Kenya [Getty images]

By Jale Richard

JUBA, 02 January 2018 [Gurtong]-In a statement issued on January 2nd, the troika said they share the deep concern recently expressed by IGAD Council of Ministers Chairman Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu about violations of the December 21 Cessation of Hostilities (CoH) agreement.

According to Gebeyehu, the current violations of the agreement, few days after it's signing, "undermine the genuine efforts of the international community who are tirelessly and jointly working to help South Sudanese Parties to address the root causes of the conflict through an all-inclusive dialogue that would pave the way for national reconciliation; and the building of effective State institutions through a democratic process."

 “The Troika strongly condemns these violations. We call on all CoH signatories, and the field commanders who answer to them, to immediately end all military operations, abide by their CoH commitments, and put the South Sudanese people’s well-being ahead of their own narrow political interests,” they said in the statement.

“The Troika resolutely reasserts that field commanders, and their political superiors, will be held accountable for violating the CoH, impeding humanitarian aid, and hindering CTSAMM and UNMISS operations,” they said.

They called on the Heads of Mission calls on all CoH parties, and every level of government, to abide by the November 9 Presidential Order for unfettered humanitarian access.

They called for full cooperation with CTSAMM and with UNMISS in carrying out its UN Security Council mandate.

Lastly, we commend IGAD for its leadership of the High-Level Revitalization Forum.  We insist all participants engage in the Forum with seriousness of purpose and genuine commitment to bringing lasting peace to the South Sudanese people.

After signing of the cessation of hostilities agreement, government and opposition forces traded counter accusations for violating the agreement.

The United Nations (UN), the African Union (AU), and the Troika were calling for full and effective implementation of the agreement upon the signing of the ceasefire agreement in December.

 

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