IGAD denounces SPLM/A–In-Opposition’s attack in Nassir
Updated: Dec 13, 2019
The Chairperson of the IGAD Special Envoys to the South Sudan peace process also denounced the “unfortunate attack” on the positions of the South Sudan Government in Nassir on 20th July, 2014 by forces of the SPLM/A–In Opposition. The IGAD Special Envoys were in the capital of South Sudan, Juba, to discuss ways to resume the peace talks in Addis Ababa when the attack occurred. The mediation team said that this “unfortunate attack” violated the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement signed by both parties on January 23. Citing the report of the Monitoring and Verification Team in Nassir and the IGAD Joint Technical Committee in Juba, the Special Envoys indicated that the SPLM/A–In Opposition forces had crossed the Sobat River from the East. The Envoys said that the incident had come when the mediation team had just concluded consultations with the leaders of the SPLM/A–I-Opposition in Addis Ababa on ways to operationalize previously signed Agreements and push the peace process forward. The Envoys expressed their sadness over “continued loss of lives not only of combatants but of vulnerable groups like women and children.” The Envoys called on all parties to remain committed to the Agreements already signed and refrain from any further violations.