Juba, April 13, 2018 (SSNA) — The United States has asked the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to release all documented reports of December 2017 ceasefire violations.
The demand comes as South Sudan’s warring factions prepared to resume the revitalization talks in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa next week.
A senior US official who refused to be named in the report told IGAD that the United States wants to see all the December 2017 ceasefire violations that were documented by the East African regional bloc, IGAD.
“We would like to see IGAD support CTSAMM to function as intended, which would include its release of all reports on cease-fire violations as soon as possible,” the official said.
The report indicated that Ethiopia’s foreign minister, Workneh Gebeyehu, refused to comment on the new development.
The South Sudan News Agency (SSNNA) cannot independently verify the report. However, one senior South Sudan’s government official who asked his name not to be used in the report told the SSNA that Juba has received the message and that some “serious issues” are being discussed.
“Yes, we know what is going on, so we are weighing our options and we are still discussing these serious issues,” the official confirmed.
South Sudanese main rebel movement, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army-In Opposition (SPLM/A-IO), has in the past accused IGAD of working on behalf of South Sudan’s government, saying “the regional bloc is only implementing Juba’s interests and ignores SPLM/A-IO’s interests.”