South Sudan President orders army to abide by ceasefire following skirmishes

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South Sudan President Salva Kiir has ordered the army and security forces to fully observe the country’s ceasefire, following a number of breaches in parts of the country.

The president’s directive comes after reports of clashes in parts of Unity and Equatoria, less than two weeks after the final version of a peace deal was signed between the government and opposition.

Kiir orders army, security forces to abide by ceasefire

Previous peace deals in South Sudan have all failed with come ceasefires being violated within hours of implementation. However, President Salva Kiir has called upon the army and security forces to make sure this peace agreement is fully adhered to.

Kiir gave his directive during a meeting of the National Security Council at the presidency in Juba on Tuesday, which was attended by military and security officials, to discuss the situation in South Sudan two weeks after the final version of the peace deal was signed.

After multiple failed peace agreements and violated ceasefires, confidence in the ability of South Sudan’s leaders to implement peace is low and reports of clashes sound like the familiar signs of failure.

The president’s directive may help ease concerns over another failed peace attempt and demonstrate a certain level of dedication from the government to ensure this agreement is successful. It may also answer question marks over how much control Kiir truly has over security forces across the country.

Featured image: “Salva Kiir, the president of southern Sudan” flickr photo by Al Jazeera English https://flickr.com/photos/aljazeeraenglish/5335499393 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.