By Bida Elly David
An internal Investigative Committee tasked to investigate the inter-communal clashes in Aneet Settlement has condemned resumption of clashes between Twic and Ngok that had led to lose of lives of many.
In a Statement extended to No. 1 Citizen Daily Newspaper, the committee reminded the parties to respect their obligations stipulated in the cessation of hostilities signed earlier in April.
“The committee on the Inter-Communal clashes in Aneet Settlement learned with dismay the resumption of clashes between Twic and Ngok in Athony on the 8th–May-2022 that led to loss of lives and properties. The committee strongly condemned the resumption of clashes and reminded the parties on their obligations stipulated in the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement(CoHA) signed in Aweil, Northern Bahr-el-Ghazal on 4th of April-2022, particularly Sections(7) and (10) of COHA which prevent any activity regarding border claims until the National Government Addresses the matter’’ the statement reads.
Furthermore, the Committee urged UNISFA to cooperate in its quest for the stability in the area and support the implementation of Cessation of hostilities Agreement (CoHA)
“The committee has been closely monitoring the situation on the ground and has been in the communication with the actors on both sides to avert further escalation.
It stated that the resumption of the clashes transpired when the investigative committee was scheduled for report presentation to the President of the Republic of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit.
“It is regrettable that the resumption of clashes came at a time when the committee is scheduled to present its report to H.E. the President of the Republic’’ the Statement read.
However, the committee has called upon the clashing parties to immediately recommit themselves to Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (CoHA) and stop violence.
In the view of the above, the committee will send a delegation to investigate the reasons for the renewal of clashes and the culprits would be brought to books for further investigation.