22 Jun 2018

 

Yei Bishop Urging Warring Parties To Uphold Cessation Of Hostilities Agreement

The Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the Diocese of Yei is calling on the warring parties in South Sudan to implement the cessation of hostilities agreement signed in December last in order to pave way for peace, protection of civilians and access for humanitarian assistance.

Yei Bishop Urging Warring Parties To Uphold Cessation Of Hostilities Agreement
The Bishop of the Episcopal Church of the Diocese of Yei , Hillary Luate Adeba [Gurtong Photo|Daniel Friday]

By Daniel Friday Martin

YEI, 02 March 2018 [Gurtong]-In an interview with Gurtong in Yei, Bishop Hillary Luate Adeba said hostilities continue to be reported despite the signing of the cessation agreement.  

“The people of Yei River State are still being subjected to real suffering; we hear fighting in the rural Counties and villages of the State. At the moment I have three people staying with me in the house who fled fighting in Otogo County, thousands of people in Mukaya County are displaced into Yei town and more other hundreds are being displaced in Yankonye village as a result of clashes between parties to the conflict” Adeba  said.

He said the people of Yei have lost hope, without access to education, health care, clean drinking water and food.

“For how long can the people of Yei continue to suffer? My humble appeal to the warring parties is to stop the war, embrace peace so as to restore hope and happiness in the poor people suffering locally in the villages” he noted.

The Bishop is calling on CTSAAM the body tasked by IGAD to monitor the cessation of hostilities to investigate those violating the agreement.

“I don’t know whether CTSAAM is really committed to its duties, if they are in Yei, we expected them to investigate and find out who are those people violating the agreement. The people of Yei are tired of the war and they need peace now” he added.

He further appealed to UNMISS to conduct its patrols up to the far Counties of the State so that humanitarian organizations operating in the State can quickly move to the rural areas and rescue the people with food assistance.

Article two of the cessation of hostilities agreement stipulates that each Party shall implement this Agreement in full and in good faith, and shall ensure that its affiliates and all forces or armed groups under its command and control at all times observe the Agreement, particularly the provisions on prohibited acts.

Part four of article two states that in the implementation of this Agreement, the Parties shall abide by the international human rights and humanitarian law, as well as international best practices and standards on the cessation of hostilities, protection of civilians, and provision of humanitarian access.

 

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