South Sudan

US Orders Kiir, Machar to Silence Guns

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Scores were reportedly killed both in Bentiu and Bor town when rebels captured the capital of Unity state and also in a raid on a UN base, respectively.

Secretary Kerry welcomed the Government of South Sudan’s decision to release the four senior political officials who had been in detention since December.”

He, continues the statement, urged President Kiir to stop military offensives and to adhere to the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement.

“U.S demands that anti-government forces do the same.”

Meanwhile, both Secretary Kerry and President Kiir expressed their support for the IGAD-led peace process.

“Secretary Kerry noted the important role played by the UN Mission in South Sudan, denounced recent attacks on UNMISS bases and personnel, and encouraged President Kiir to ensure full and unfettered access throughout South Sudan for UNMISS, the African Union Commission of Inquiry, and the IGAD Monitoring and Verification Mechanism.”

This comes at a time when government and rebels of Dr Riek Machar are clashing day and night in almost all states of South Sudan.

In Unity, SPLA continues to engage rebels with the hope of reclaiming Bentiu town.

In Jonglei state, SPLA beat rebels and captured Ayod county last week.

In Upper Nile, SPLA and rebels are also battling for the control of Renk county.

Both government and rebels are locked in counteraccusations in the face of a breached Cessation of Hostilities Agreement signed in January this year.

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