The United States, United Kingdom and Norway have joined the regional body, IGAD in condemning South Sudan military intelligence for harassing peace monitors in the capital Juba.
The three nations, in a statement released on Friday described the development as appalling.
“The Troika (United States, Norway, and the UK) join the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in condemning the appalling harassment and abuse of monitors from the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring and Verification Mission (CTSAMVM) on Tuesday, December 18. We are particularly concerned at reports that the attack on the monitors was carried out by the South Sudanese National Security Service,” said part of the joint statement.
Torika appealed to the government of Salva Kiir to investigate and prosecute National Security Service operatives responsible for the attack.
“It is imperative that the Government of South Sudan investigate and hold accountable those found responsible,” added the statement.
Torika also noted that the attack on peace monitors is a direct violation of revitalized peace agreement signed in September.
“Any action that compromises the safety, integrity, and free movement of the CTSAMVM mission is unacceptable and a breach of the September 12th Peace Agreement, to which the Government of South Sudan is a party.”
The statement reminded the government of South Sudan that the verification mission in Juba is to enforce accountability and building confidence.
“CTSAMVM’s verification mission is essential to ensuring accountability for actions that undermine peace. In doing so, it plays an essential role in building the confidence needed if a lasting peace in South Sudan is to be realized.”
President Kiir, armed opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar and other opposition forces signed a second peace agreement in September to end the 5 years civil war which broke out in December 2013.