JMEC Press Release On Violence In South Sudan

"JMEC calls on all the parties to refrain from the use of force and engage in dialogue to ensure the implementation of the peace agreement in letter and spirit. It is high time to train and deploy the Joint Integrated Police to assume the full responsibility for security in Juba."

 PRESS RELEASE

JMEC is deeply concerned by recent episodes of fighting in many parts of the country.  As the organization mandated to monitor and evaluate the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan, the Commission deems such conflict could be in flagrant violation of the permanent ceasefire agreement. These incidents continue to entail significant loss of innocent lives and destruction of property. Recent reports indicate that in Wau, more than 40 people have died and approximately 90,000 people have been displaced - out of which an estimated 12,000 are currently under the protection of UNMISS. Another 60,000 of the displaced are sheltered at various sites, including schools and churches.

In the same manner, the security situation in Juba is deteriorating. Reports of shooting at various sites, targeting innocent citizens and some members of the international community present in Juba to support the people and government of South Sudan in their pursuit to restore peace and stability in the country. 

Reports of exchange of fire between the armed groups of SPLM-IG and SPLM-IO are also worrisome.

JMEC calls on all the parties to refrain from the use of force and engage in dialogue to ensure the implementation of the peace agreement in letter and spirit. It is high time to train and deploy the Joint Integrated Police to assume the full responsibility for security in Juba. The full operationalization of Joint Integrated Police (JIP) and Joint Operation Centre (JOC) should be addressed as a matter of priority. JMEC calls on the Transitional Government of National Unity to do its utmost to reduce the number of incidents across the country that are contributing to an environment of instability, violence and impeding citizens from leading normal and peaceful lives.

JMEC Secretariat

July, 8th 2016 

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