South Sudan gov't committed to peace deal: envoy

The humanitarian coordinator for the United Nations in South Sudan, Eugene Owusu is calling for all parties to allow aid workers to be allowed to help and to travel freely with fear for their lives.

Once again, this optimism has been shattered, as violence broke out a week ago between the parties of President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar and their respective military forces, leaving more than 300 dead in Juba, the capital city.

Germany and Italy said they were evacuating their nationals and other foreigners, although commercial flights were not expected to resume until today.

The latest bout of violence started after a localised gunfight outside Kiir's residence in Juba on July 7 when he was holding a meeting with Machar.

President Kiir was responding to the demand of the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) Communiqué of the 56th Extra-ordinary session of the IGAD council of ministers on the situation in South Sudan.

This also came after Machar's residence near his base was also targeted and bombed with helicopter gunships, destroying it.

United Nations peacekeepers have been deployed in South Sudan since the country gained independence from Sudan in 2011.

There was renewed fighting between the government and former rebel forces since Thursday in Juba.

A shoot-out between Kiir's and Machar's guard units triggered the fighting that began on Friday afternoon.

A convoy of around 50 trucks escorted by machine gun-mounted armoured vehicles crossed the Ugandan border at Nimule to open up a secure corridor for fleeing civilians on the 200 kilometre (120 mile) Juba-Nimule road.

The war is fought broadly between the country's biggest ethnic groups - the Dinka, led by Mr Kiir, and the Nuer, under Mr Machar. Government forces have been reported to prevent aid workers from helping civilians.

The catastrophic impact of the civil war in a country that only won independence from Sudan five years ago has been worsened by the latest fighting.

Other countries, including India, were arranging flights for their citizens.

In his letter to the United Nations official, Mr. Kiir wrote, "I am still committed to an implementation of the peace agreement".

The MEA advisory also reminded the Indian Nationals that more flights will be pressed into service if necessary. operation Sankat Mochan means that the one who delivers others from trouble mythologically it is the other name of Lord Hanuman.

"We had to move away from our base (in Juba) to avoid further confrontation", Machar's spokesman James Gatdet Dak in Nairobi told Reuters, saying he was in contact with Machar's forces.

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