This article was last updated on May 26, 2022
The Embassy urged the International Community to fight terrorism worldwide on an equal basis, including that being experienced currently in South Sudan.
The statement said that forces of the White Army have been attacking government positions in Renk, Bentiu and Nasir in an attempt to recapture these towns, in violation of the Cessation of Hostilities (CoF) signed on May 9th by Dr. Riek and President Kiir. The embassy blamed the rebellion of Dr. Riek Machar for not honoring the agreement, since the time it was signed by the two rivaling principals.
“Last Friday June 20th, 2044 in Renk, Bentiu and Nasir; the rebels have carried out their usual barbaric attacks resulting into loss of lives and destruction of properties,” the statement reads. The statement continues, blaming rebel leader Riek Machar for violations of the ceasefire and also for the kidnapping of a Kenyan pilot of a plane that was delivering humanitarian assistance to the rebel-controlled areas last month.
“Last month the rebel movement kidnapped a Kenyan pilot, who delivered food to starving people in the rebel-held area. After the food delivery, the rebels turned against an innocent pilot and took him hostage, detained him and his plane. It was later learnt that the rebels want a ransom of US$1.5 million….for the release,” the statement added.
The press release appeals to the international community, friends and supporters of the rebel movement to disourage acts of terrorism, killing, destruction and kidnapping. “This is an act of terror, the international community should fight it to finish, whether it is practiced by Dr. Riek Machar in South Sudan, Boko Haram in Nigeria or Al Shabaab in Somalia. Terrorism is the same in Tora-Bora as it is now the case in South Sudan with the white army of Riek Machar,”, the statement noted.
The South Sudan Embassy in Kenya said it is dismayed by the stand taken by some members of the international community, who often throw blanket blame on both sides, whenever the rebels violate the Cessation of Hostilities (CoH).