-- The South Sudanese government said on Wednesday
that it is restraining their military commanders to deter
further escalation of violence in the wake of the renewed
fighting with rebels after both parties signed the Cessation of
Hostilities (CoH) in December.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
spokesperson Mawien Makol told Xinhua that the Sudan People’s
Liberation Army-in opposition (SPLA-IO) allied to former First
Vice President Riek Machar are still unable to restrain their
commanders which could provoke further violence.
“We are in control of our military
commanders; it is they the SPLA-IO that are not in control
of their commanders. Government is still committed to pursue
peace and control commanders on the ground,” Makol said in
the capital Juba.
This came after the Tuesday warning by
the Troika, a group of international peace partners that include
the United States, Britain and Norway, that field commanders,
and their political superiors, will be held accountable for
ceasefire violation and impeding humanitarian aid.
“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,” the Troika said.
Some senior commanders on both sides
have since been indicted by the U.S. including asset freeze and
travel ban since eruption of conflict four years ago in the oil
rich and yet impoverished country.
South Sudan descended into violence in
December 2013 after political dispute between President Salva
Kiir and his former deputy turned rebel chief Riek Machar led to
split within the SPLA, leaving soldiers to fight alongside
The 2015 peace agreement to end the
conflict was weakened after outbreak of renewed fighting in July
2016 caused the SPLA-in opposition rebel leader Machar to flee