IGAD, Rebels point fingers at S. Sudan government for violating cease fire

Salva Kiir Government is being accused by both IGAD and the rebels of violating the cease fire

Salva Kiir Government is being accused by both IGAD and the rebels of violating the cease fire

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a regional body of eight countries has accused the South Sudan government of violating the ceasefire agreement that had earlier been agreed to by the warring parties.

In the strongly worded statement, the IGAD Special envoys on South Sudan cast blame on the government forces for conducting what they termed as ‘full-scale military operations on rebel positions’ in the war torn country.

“According to reports filed by the IGAD Monitoring and Verification Team-MVT, United Nations agencies and humanitarian organizations on ground, Government forces have been conducting full-scale military offensive against opposition forces in Rubkona, Mayom, Guit, Koch and Mayendit counties in Unity State since 27 April 2015,” the statement reads.

The IGAD envoys that have been monitoring the situation in South Sudan reported that the conflict had spread into the areas of Upper Nile and Jonglei states

“It is also increasingly clear that the offensive is being expanded into Jonglei and Upper Nile States,” it says. IGAD continues to insist that there can be no military solution to the South Sudan conflict.

“The continued war rhetoric by the warring Parties also demonstrates the fact that they are still pursuing their objectives thorough military means.  Once more, The Mediators would like to underline that there is no military solution to the ongoing crisis in South Sudan,” IGAD says in the statement.

The statement comes on the heels of a complaint filed to IGAD by the rebels that the government was violating the ceasefire agreement that had been agreed to in Addis Ababa.

In a letter authored by the spokesperson of the rebels, Mabior Garang, the rebels complain that the government forces have been actively attacking the positions that the rebels hold in Jonglei.

The South Sudan conflict has entered into its 17th month with the rebel forces led by Riek Machar turning down proposals by the government to denounce war and take up 40% in a power-sharing agreement with the government.