[Juba, South Sudan,TCT] - German ambassador to Juba, Jan Hendrik Van Thiel, called on all South Sudanese parties to the conflict to end suffering of the South Sudanese people through the regional peace revitalization process, supported by the international community.
[ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia] – South Sudan’s former vice president, Riek Machar on Friday, 28 August, declared permanent ceasefire and directed all his armed opposition forces to fully implement it as of midnight of 29 August 2015. In a statement he communicated to all units of the rebel forces, Machar directed his chief of general staff, Major General Simon Gatwech Dual, to implement the order in accordance with the IGAD Plus compromise peace agreement. In Machar's statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Friday evening, Machar ordered that. “All forces [SPLA-IO] are to remain alert in their current positions and to act only on self defence or respond upon aggression,” the statement reads.
The ceasefire declaration by the top armed opposition leader, now the first vice president-designate, comes a day after president Salva Kiir has declared to cease fire also with effect from midnight 29 August 2015. This is accordance with the provision on ceasefire in the peace agreement which calls on both warring parties to declare permanent ceasefire 72 hours after the signing of the deal.
The two parties, according to the peace accord, are expected to work out the process of disengagement of forces as well as demilitarization of the capital, Juba, Bor, Malakal and Bentiu and with deployment of joint integrated police forces in the cities. This exercise is expected to begin from the three months of pre-transitional period before formation of transitional government of national unity. A work shop to bring together senior military officers of the two rival forces is expected to be organized in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, next week for the preparations in implementing the security arrangements.
While the two principles declared ceasefire, The Insider reported that the powerful defector general Peter Gatdet denouncing and rejecting peace deal signed by both President Kiir and rebel leader Machar.
Source By Sudan Tribune with additional editing by TCT
A bishop of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan (ECSSS) has told the warring parties 'not cause pain to citizens' but to continue with negotiations to bring peace.
While giving his opening remarks at Immanuel Cathedral, Bishop Hillary Luate Adeba of Yei diocese also called on the citizens not to miss the opportunity of ending the war. He was speaking at the start of a five-day conference for Young Christian Families Association.
A prominent South Sudanese religious leader has asked leaders in the country to put the interests of the nation ahead of their own interests in order to find a lasting solution to the current conflict in the country.