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16 May 2015, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia- According to preliminary reports filed by the IGAD Monitoring and Verification Team-MVT on the ground, fighting has been going on in Malakal since yesterday evening. Shilluk militia forces of General Johnson Olony joined by forces from the SPLM/ SPLA –IO, attacked areas held by Government forces in and around Malakal.

The IGAD Mediation is deeply frustrated by the spread of violence to Upper Nile and strongly condemns this serious violation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (CoHA) by SPLM/SPLA-IO and its allied forces and urges the warring Parties to immediately end the killings and all hostilities ravaging the country.

The IGAD Special Envoys again call the warring Parties to adhere to the commitment they made in the eyes of their people and the international community and resort to peaceful way of ending the crisis without further delay.

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