CPA urges ’maximum restraint,’ as renewed fighting flares up in S. Sudan amid COVID-19

May 7, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Centre for Peace and Advocacy has condemned reports of fresh clashes between the government’s forces and NAS troops and called on both sides to desist from engaging in renewed military confrontations.

“The Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) strongly condemns the reported clashes between the National Salvation Front (NAS) against the forces of the South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF) and Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO),” said the group in a statement extended to The South Sudan Herald.

“Sources indicated that, the clashes took [place] on the 5th May, 2020 in Katigiri, Wonduruba-Central Equatoria. This is a violation of the cessation of hostilities signed by the government of South Sudan and SSOMA on 21st December, 2017.”

The Centre for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) condemns and denounces the use of military- oriented solutions and urges the conflicting parties to promote peace through negotiated solutions rather than guns.

“The Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) would therefore like the conflicting parties to show and exercise maximum restraint and cease hostilities. Let the focus be on fighting the global pandemic in the item of COVID-19 that has caused thousands of lives and infected millions globally.”

On an equal footing, the Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) would like to encourage the IGAD, AU and the International Community and peace monitors not take their eyes off these violations.

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