Washington, DC, US - The US has expressed deep concerns over the reported violations by both the Government of South Sudan and anti-government forces of the Cessation of Hostilities agreement that was signed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 23 Jan.
In a statement issued here this weekend, the US called for the redeployment or phased withdrawal of foreign forces invited by either side, and warn of the serious consequences which could result from any regionalisation of this conflict.
'We welcome the arrival in Juba of the first component of the team that will eventually monitor and verify the implementation of the Cessation of Hostilities agreement. We strongly urge the Government of South Sudan to facilitate its important work, which will provide both sides with a mechanism to report any breaches of the agreement,' the statement, issued by the State Department, said
The US said it is looking forward to the beginning of the political dialogue and inclusive reconciliation process, led by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and urged the government of South Sudan to support these efforts and to release the remaining four political detainees.
'The expeditious release and transfer of all of the detainees would reduce tension and build confidence in an inclusive reconciliation process,' it said.