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WHITE HOUSE ASKED IGAD TO RELEASE REPORTS ON CEASE FIRE VIOLATION IN SOUTH SUDAN

Nairobi, 13 April 2018; The Trump's White House has asked IGAD the regional Bloc mediating on South Sudan conflict to immediately release its unreleased reports on violation of South Sudan's December Cessation of Hostilities, this news site has learned from reliable source. 

The source who asked to remained anonymous stated, “The U.S. government is calling on East African leaders to release five unpublished reports documenting violations of South Sudan's failed December cease-fire and to punish those responsible for the violations”  

The source further said, the Trump administration is now taking tough step to ensure that IGAD support CTSAMM to function as intended, according to the source the White House want to see IGAD act decisively to release all the reports on cease-fire violations as soon as possible. He further stated that the Trump administration wants to see the cease-fire violators are hold accountable and punish for ignoring COH of December 21-2018. 

Meanwhile Ethiopian Foreign Minister Workneh Gebeyehu, who chairs IGAD's Council of Ministers, refused to comment on why the bloc had not released the monitors' reports. In a March 26 communique, the council of Ministers said it forwarded one of its reports to the African Union for action.  

A senior Trump's white house official added Washington was "concerned" by reports of continued fighting in South Sudan, including military campaigns by the government around Nassir town in Upper Nile, Kajo-Keji and Yei in Central Equatoria state.  

The five unreleased reports include an investigation into a February 12 attack by government forces near Nassir.  

According to spokesperson of CTSAMM, the team has submitted the Nassir report to IGAD's Council of Ministers on February 22. The other four were sent to IGAD on March 23.  

Meanwhile on Thursday, the monitors accused unnamed forces in South Sudan of carrying out additional unauthorized troop movements. Though the team was unable to point direct finger of accusation to any party in conflict, it is known the government has been moving troops to several locations in Upper Nile and Central Equatoria states. 

Joshua Onyango 

SSLN

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