PEACE MONITORS URGE SOUTH SUDAN PRESIDENT TO STOP CHASING OPPOSITION LEADER

KHARTOUM, -- The Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) and international envoys have urged South Sudan's president to stop chasing the country's opposition leader and put the peace deal they signed back to track.

At the conclusion of its 3rd meeting in Khartoum Sunday, the JMEC, which is tasked with overseeing implementation of South Sudan peace deal, and envoys of China, Norway, the United States and the European Union (EU), urged the warring parties in South Sudan to conduct a comprehensive investigation into the recent acts of violence and to hold accountable whoever proves to be involved in violating the ceasefire agreement.

The meeting issued a statement stressing the importance of taking necessary measures to address the deteriorating humanitarian situation in South Sudan and to prevent the collapse of the economy of the world's youngest nation.

The meetings took place following the outbreak of fighting between the South Sudanese army and troops loyal to opposition leader, South Sudanese First Vice-President Riek Machar on July 8.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit last week appointed former the opposition's chief negotiator. Taban Deng Gai, to replace Machar -- who disappeared following the bloody events in the capital, Juba -- as the country's vice-president.

The opposition HAS described the president's move as a "conspiracy" to remove Machar, vowing to escalate the war against the government of President Kiir.

Source: Name News Network

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