John Kirby, the Assistant Secretary and Department spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC in a July 9, 2016 statement says the United States has expressed grave concern with the outbreak of fighting in Juba on July 7 and 8.
“We urge all parties in the Transitional Government of National Unity to take immediate steps to reduce tensions.”
The US called on the leaders of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movements in government and in opposition to immediately direct their forces to disengage and cease fighting.
“We welcome the joint public message by President Salva Kiir Mayardit, First Vice President Riek Machar Teny, and Vice President James Wani Igga calling for calm.”
US said it had pressed the leaders of the Transitional Government at the highest level to accelerate implementation of the peace agreement.
Sustained cooperation, engagement, and reform to confront the country’s grave challenges are essential to avoid a return to widespread conflict, the statement reads.
“We have urged South Sudan’s leaders to operationalize the security arrangements in the agreement, particularly by establishing Joint Integrated Police units to patrol Juba, empowering the Joint Operations Center to ensure communication and coordination between forces in Juba, and directing the Joint Military Ceasefire Commission to operate continuously.”
US also hoped that the fifth anniversary of South Sudan’s independence, would serve as a reminder of the promise of the new nation and foster a spirit of unity and peace for the coming year.
The Chairperson of the African Union, Dr. Nkosozana Dlamini – Zuma, also called upon all the South Sudanese, including the members of the armed and security forces, to support their leaders in their efforts to reconcile the people of South Sudan, and to bring back law and order.
In a statement condemning recent disturbances in Juba, released from AU Headquarters in Adis Ababa, The Chairperson requested the TGoNU, working with the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), to adhere to the transitional security arrangements.
The Chairperson commended the IGAD and the larger international community for their tireless efforts to return the country to security, stability and development and encouraged them to continue doing so until South Sudan attains peace and stability.
UN condemns fighting
The members of the Security Council strongly condemned the fighting in Juba, South Sudan between soldiers of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the SPLA in Opposition July 7-8.
The members of the Council further strongly condemned the separate attacks on UN and diplomatic officials that took place in Juba on July 7.
The members of the Security Council acknowledged the formation of an investigation committee and urged the Transitional Government of National Unity to quickly investigate these attacks, take steps to end the fighting, reduce tensions, and hold those responsible for the attacks to account.
The members of the Security Council stressed the importance of members of military forces being held accountable for their actions and emphasized the importance of command and control.
The members of the Security Council called on the SPLA, the SPLA in Opposition and all other armed actors to cease hostilities and to allow the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) and humanitarian actors access to civilians in need.