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West warns S. Sudan parties over cease-fire violations

JUBA: The US, Britain and Norway have called on parties in the South Sudan conflict and their field commanders to stop violating the cease-fire signed last month, their head of missions in Juba said on Tuesday.There have been at least five violations reported, blamed on both sides in the conflict.The three countries — that supported the 2005 accord leading to the independence of South Sudan from Sudan — have threatened to impose individual or group sanctions for those violating the cease-fire.Signed in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, the cease-fire is the latest attempt to end a four-year civil war, that has killed tens of thousands. It is also designed to allow humanitarian groups access to civilians caught in the fighting.It aims to revive a 2015 peace deal that collapsed in 2016 after heavy fighting erupted in the capital Juba.President Salva Kiir’s decision to sack his deputy, Riek Machar, in 2013 triggered the war in the world’s youngest country. It has been fought largely along ethnic lines between forces loyal to Kiir, who is Dinka, and Machar, who is Nuer.The war has forced a third of the population to flee their homes.“We call on all signatories, and the field commanders who answer to them, to immediately end all military operations,” the three Western countries said in a statement.They added that field commanders and their political bosses would be held accountable for violating the cease-fire and impeding humanitarian assistance.There was no immediate comment from the army or the rebels.The cease-fire was to be followed by further talks focusing on a revised power-sharing arrangement leading up to a new date for polls.

Source: Ethiopian News January 02, 2018 16:18 UTC