ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia
(Xinhua) -- The Chairperson of the Intergovernmental Authority
on Development (IGAD) Council of Ministers on Friday strongly
condemned the violations of the agreement signed by South
Sudan’s warring factions on Cessation of Hostilities, Protection
of Civilians and Humanitarian Access.
Workneh Gebeyehu in a statement expressed his "deep concern
and disappointment over the violations of the agreement" that
was signed by South Sudanese warring factions in Ethiopia’s
capital last Thursday.
"The Chairperson of the IGAD Council of Ministers strongly
condemns the violations of the Agreement on Cessation of
Hostilities, demands an immediate end to all forms of
hostilities; and calls upon all the parties who violate the
Agreement to come to their senses," read the statement.
According to the statement, 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
Regional and international actors such as the United Nations
(UN), the African Union (AU), and the coalition of three western
countries (Troika) were calling for full and effective
implementation of the agreement upon the signing of the
ceasefire agreement last week.
"The Chairperson of the IGAD Council of Ministers expresses
its firm position to hold all violators accountable in
accordance with the resolutions of the 28th Extra-ordinary
Summit of the IGAD Heads of State and Government of 24 November
2014 and any other provisions of International Law," the
The chairperson further called upon the Ceasefire and
Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM),
working in collaboration with UNMISS, to monitor the situation
on the ground without any delay and immediately report its
findings on which party is responsible for the violations.
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