President Kiir orders for immediate cessation of hostilities between Abyei , Twic

President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Tuesday ordered for immediate cessation of hostilities between Abyei Special Administrative Area and Twic community of Warrap State.

By Benjamin Takpiny

President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Tuesday ordered for immediate cessation of hostilities between Abyei Special Administrative Area and Twic community of Warrap State.

“There must be immediate cessation of hostilities by both communities, the Governors of Warrap and Western Bahr el Ghazal States, and the Chief Administrator of Abyei Special Administrative Area are directed to continue engaging politicians, military leaders, traditional leaders and other stakeholders in their respective areas in a bid to find lasting peace between the two sisterly communities through initiation of dialogues to reconcile the two communities,” revealed the order read  out on State owned Radio SSBC in Juba.

Kiir ordered the relevant security institutions of the country to deploy neutral forces to the conflict affected areas with clear operation orders to restore law and order.

He also ordered relevant security forces, law enforcement agencies and legal institutions to summon for questioning any politician or group of persons who incite violence on both either side of the respective communities.

Kiir also said that politicians or groups found to be inciting violence between the two communities should be arrested by security agencies and arraigned in courts of law.

The President ordered for the land border and boundaries in the conflict affected areas of Twic, Ngok Dinka, Apuk and Marial Bai including the question of Abyei box be put on hold.

In addition, Kiir directed security organs to expel  the Nuer spiritual leader and other Nuer youths from Warrap State and be relocated to other States in the country except Warrap and the Abyei Special Administrative Area.

“The security forces must ensure that Gai Machiek, the Nuer Spiritual Leader is expelled from Ajak Kuac area in Warrap State and peacefully returned to Unity State or moved to another state of his choice within the Bahr el Ghazal region other than Warrap and Abyei Special Administrative Area,” the order said.

Kiir directed the political leadership in Warrap and Abyei to devise peaceful means of resolving the conflict.

He also directed the governors of Warrap, Western Bahr el Ghazal States and the Chief Administrator of Abyei Special Administrative Area and the governors of neighboring states to engage the youths in their respective states or areas to disengage from violence and embrace peaceful coexistence including engaging them in agriculture and developmental projects.

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