US calls for an end to fighting in South Sudan

The embassy of the United States of America in Juba has called on parties to help end fighting in South Sudan, according to radio Tamazuj.

“It does not matter if you are a soldier or civilian, and what state or tribe you are from. All parties, whether signatories to peace agreements and the Rome accords or not, share equal responsibility for stopping the fighting,”  a statement issued on Friday said. 

It added, “it is time to silence the sound of gunfire so that the words of peace, reconciliation, and nation-building can be heard loudly and clearly throughout your great country.”

The statement noted that the on-going violence in the country hinders delivery of humanitarian services such as food, shelters, and medical supplies to vulnerable people.

Last week the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, (UNMISS) established a temporary base in Lobonok in Central Equatoria to prevent violence. The mission said it is disturbed by the growing attacks on civilians and humanitarian workers.

This came after arm assault on vehicle that led to the killing of  six bodyguards of South Sudan Vice President Dr. James Wani Igga in Lobonok near Juba.

National Salvation Front, NAS, a rebel group led by Gen. Thomas Cirilo claimed responsibility for this incident saying, it  did so because it believed the soldiers were going to collect  information about their position. 

NAS declined to sign the revitalized peace agreement being implemented by a unity government, but it is bound by January 2020 Rome Declaration on the process of peace in South Sudan, in which parties committed themselves to cessation of hostilities.