State Dept. On Observer Team Detention In South Sudan



Published on 26 August 2014


by Jen Psaki

(WireNews+Co)

Washington, D.C.

U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, D.C.
August 25, 2014

STATEMENT BY JEN PSAKI, SPOKESPERSON
South Sudanese Opposition’s Detention of a Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (MVM) Observer Team

The United States government strongly condemns the temporary detention of six members of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development’s (IGAD) Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (MVM) team and three aircrew by opposition forces on August 23rd in Mayom County, Unity State, South Sudan. We also regret the death of a member of the MVM team during this incident, and await the results of a formal investigation. Impediments to movement of MVM personnel are a clear violation of the Cessation of Hostilities (COH) agreement, signed by both sides on January 23. We reiterate our support for IGAD mediation efforts, and underscore the importance of MVM operations in facilitating the implementation of the COH agreement and the recently signed Security Matrix.


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Posted 2014-08-26 09:08:00