South Sudan government blames opposition forces for ceasefire violation

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South Sudan’s government it is dismayed by what it says is a lack of condemnation of opposition forces loyal to former vice president Riek Machar, for violation of the cessation of hostilities agreement.

This comes following a United Nations and African Union warning to the country’s warring factions to stop violations of a ceasefire deal they signed in December last year.

Juba says it’s disappointed by the way international community makes blanket accusation on parties when it’s clear that the opposition forces are the ones violating the cessation of hostilities agreement.

South Sudan’s government says despite an admission by opposition forces that they carried out the recent attack in the outskirts of Juba, the international community failed to hold the opposition forces accountable.

The joint statement by UN and AU warning parties to the conflict against violating the cessation of hostilities agreement came after Troika countries which comprise of the U.S., U.K. and Norway called on all parties to immediately and fully implement the Cessation of hostilities agreement in letter and spirit and ensure humanitarian access throughout the country.

The government is being accused of violations of the cessation of hostilities agreement in the former unity state while opposition is being accused of violations in part of the former Upper Nile state that’s according to the ceasefire monitoring team in South Sudan.

The international community has in the past sanctioned some government and opposition officials but the sanctions have done little to end the conflict.

Talks aimed at revitalising the peace deal is expected to resume in Ethiopia early next month.

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