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Ceasefire: SPLA seeks US and UN roles in monitoring violations

Author : | Published: Monday, September 7, 2015

The SPLA has called on the United States and the United Nations to intervene in monitoring violations of the ceasefire between the government troops and the SPLM in Opposition forces.

The call comes days after many reported violations of the ceasefire that came into force more than a week ago.
Both sides have accused each other of attacks in Upper Nile, Jonglei and Unity states.

The SPLA spokesperson, Colonel Philip Aguer, says the US and the UN should fill the gap that he says was created by IGAD.

Col Aguer says the regional body should have created a mechanism to monitor and report on who is violating the ceasefire.

He told Eye Radio that the call is contained in a statement sent by the Chief of General Staff, Paul Malong Awan, to the US embassy and the UN.

‘‘This shows the commitment of the army command; that if there is any independent body to monitor the ceasefire the army is ready and welcoming anybody that will fill the gap to assure the transparency in the implementation of the ceasefire,” Col Aguer said.

The US has circulated a draft document at the UN Security Council, seeking sanctions if the peace agreement signed last month is not implemented.

In a statement after a closed-door meeting last week, the UN threatened more sanctions if the government and the opposition fail to fully implement the deal.

The UN has already sanctioned six military generals on both sides over their alleged role in the conflict.

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