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Aneet Committee condemns renew fighting between Twic and Ngok Dinka

Aneet Committee condemns renew fighting between Twic and Ngok Dinka
Hon. Dhieu Mathok Diing, National Minister of Investment in South Sudan

The fact-finding committee on the Aneet conflict has condemned the renewed clashes reported in Athony area on Monday morning. The number of casualties in renewed clashes remains unclear but house reported burnt and people displaced from their homes.

In a statement, the committee head by the Vice President for Service Cluster, Hussein Abdelbagi Akol, urged two communities to cease the fighting.

Fighting was reported between armed youth from Twic and Abyei that violated the recent cessation of hostilities signed in Aweil last month.

The Committee Secretary, Hon. Dhieu Mathok says a team from the national government will be dispatched to investigate the cause of renewal violence.

He described the clashes as “regrettable” and came when the committee wanted to present their finding to the President.

“The committee strongly condemned the resumption of clashes and reminded the parties of their obligation stipulated in the cessation of hostilities agreement signed in Aweil, Northern Bhar El Ghazal on 4th April 2022. Sections 7 and 10 of COHA prevent any border claim activity until the national government addresses the matter,” said Mathok.

The committee has urged the UN Interim Security for Abyei (UNISFA) to work with authorities in its quest for stability in the area and support the implementation of COHA.

The method also stated that the committee is engaging with local authorities on the ground to ensure youth end the fighting.

“The committee called upon the clashing parties to immediately recommit themselves to COHA and stop the violence.”

In February, fighting erupted in Aneet market in Abyei Administrative Area over an alleged land dispute between Twic and Ngok Dinka community. President Salva Kiir formed eleven-member Committee to investigate the violence.