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South Sudan’s Kiir tells army not to retaliate

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir has told the army not to retaliate against rebels in order to honour the latest cessation of hostilities agreement signed last Thursday in Ethiopia.

President Kiir said his government was committed to the ceasefire pact that came into effect on Sunday but was shattered hours later when the military clashed with rebels in Yei River and Unity States.

Both sides accused the other of starting the fighting.

Mr Kiir expressed disappointment over the breach of the truce.

“Shortly the international community will say all sides are guilty of violations of ceasefire. But now, we will keep our words. Let me assure you that we are not going on the offensive,” he said.

He urged international monitors mandated by the August 2015 peace agreement to single out the violators.

President Kiir reiterated that he had issued orders for the immediate implementation of the ceasefire so as to guarantee the safety of civilians and humanitarian services in the war-torn country.

Earlier this week, the President said his government’s top priority in 2018 was to restore peace and unity among all communities in the country.

South Sudan, which attained independence in 2011, has been in a four-year civil war.

More than 100,000 people have lost their lives in the conflict, according to the International Crisis Group.

Over two million South Sudanese have become refugees, while another one million people remain internally displaced, according to the UN.

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2 comments

rezen Dec 29, 2017 at 4:46 am

Subject: “South Sudan’s Kiir tells army not to retaliate”, By The Eastafrican, Dec 28, 2017

Commentary, 28 Dec 2017.
The legendary saying is still true and continue to live for ever: “WE WANT PEACE”
South Sudan fought for thirty-years (30) to have independence in 2011
South Sudan then started fraternal war and it is still at it for the last four years
Peace talks have been cheap and conducted everywhere– the last one in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
“Both sides accused the other of starting the fighting.”
” More than 100,000 people have lost their lives in the conflict, ”
“Over two million South Sudanese have become refugees”,
” one million people remain internally displaced”

Conclusion
The South African behaviour is NOT new to Africa.
It applies to the entire “Dark” Continent of Africa.
Take ONE example from the eleven East African Countries >>> Eritrea.
Eritrea fought for thirty years(30) to get its independence from Ethiopia.
Over two-hundred thousands (200,000) (wild guess) lost their lives to get independence.
In 1991 independence achieved, euphoria heralded,
In 1998 war started with Ethiopia and claimed about twenty-thousand (20,000) lives from Eritrea before PEACE announced.
Now, it is an OPEN secrete in Eritrea that the people of free Eritrea are fleeing the country from their own cruel indigenous Dictatorship Government!!!!

Conclusion
In the absence of logical explanation, the phenomenon in the entire Continent of Africa is a CURSE from the Loving Almighty God, way, way, way up in Heaven who Loves Dearly HIS Black Children of Africa. AMEN & INSHALAH. END of PRAYER

rezen Dec 29, 2017 at 4:50 am

Corrigendum
Please correct the last term “conclusion” to read “Summation”
Thank You, and Bless You

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