UNMISS calls for ceasefire in troubled Unity State

UNMISS calls for ceasefire in troubled Unity State
The aftermath of the attack in Mayom County that claimed 13 lives.

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UMISS) is urging the armed group in the conflict in the Unity State to shun violence.

It said the parties should put down their weapons and embrace peaceful efforts to settle their differences.

In the statement seen by City Review yesterday, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan, Nicholas Haysom, who heads UNMISS, called on the armed groups to lay down their weapons for peace.

“We appeal to all armed groups to put down their weapons and participate in peace efforts,” Haysom said.

He reiterated that dialogue remains the best alternative to reduce the further spread of violence and in building everlasting peace in South Sudan.

“This is the only way to break the cycles of violence and revenge killings, and pave the way for durable and sustainable peace,”  he emphasised.

 On Friday, forces loyal to the South Sudan People’s Movement/Army led by Gen. Stephen Buay Rolnyang attacked Mayom County headquarters.

The attack in which Gen Buay claimed the responsibility resulted in the killing of the county commissioner and several of his bodyguards. 

The UNMISS boss condemned the attack and assured the population that UNMISS shall closely monitor the situation in Mayom County to ensure that peace prevails in the area and South Sudan at large.

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan was established to support the new government, protect civilians, monitor, and investigate human rights violations, support humanitarian assistance, and promote the implementation of the peace agreement.

According to the sources on the ground, the situation in Mayom County is still tense with no sign of calm after the deadly highway ambush that left 19 people dead on Tuesday.

Some residents in the area have also fled for protection.

Manyang Kuom, a resident of Mayom County said, “our houses were burnt many people were killed due to this conflict and I beg the people fighting to stop the fighting and dialogue. I think this will save our lives and properties,”

He called on the national government to join hands with the peace partners to bring everlasting peace to Unity state and South Sudan at large.