South Sudan peace monitors condemn attack on ceasefire team


South Sudan peace monitors on Sunday condemned the attack on the staff of the ceasefire monitoring and verification body in Luri, west of the capital Juba, on Dec. 18 by government security forces.

The Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (RJMEC) called for a full investigation into the assault on the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (CTSAMVM) team.

“We expect that a full and transparent investigation is conducted immediately by the government and that the perpetrators will face the full force of the law,” the peace monitors said in a statement issued in Juba.

“The anger and disappointment this incident provokes is compounded by the fact it is entirely contrary to the letter and spirit of the hard-won peace agreement upon which so many South Sudanese people are relying,” it said.

The peace monitors called on the government to take necessary measures to prevent the recurrence of such kinds of violations as South Sudan’s peace continues to take root.