South Sudan rebels want mass graves opened in atrocities probe

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ADDIS ABABA – South Sudanese have called for opening purported mass graves in capital city Juba, where thousands civilians were buried after outbreak of .

The call came as U.S. Secretary , John Kerry, concerned about possible genocide in the world’s youngest , visited the country in an effort to help to end the fighting.

South Sudan said they have commenced probe into the atrocities in Bentiu, where 200 people were killed in recent , a rebel Spokesperson, Hussein Mar Nyuot, said on .

Rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Army-Opposition welcomed the AU-led High-Level Commission Inquiry into the South Sudanese conflict.

Nyuot warned that the investigations, to be led by former Nigerian Olusegun Obasanjo should not be a cover up.

“We welcomed the led by the AU. We them to be neutral. This is a test-case in Africa and the ability of African institutions to act during conflict,’’ Nyuot said.

The insisted that while their fighters were being blamed for the atrocious in Bentiu, several Darfur movements sent uninformed fighters to help Kiir.

“The fighting in South Sudan started in Juba. More 20,000 people were killed and buried in mass graves. The has intimidated everybody, including the UN speaking about these issues,’’ Nyuot added.

The AU probe panel had been in South Sudan for a 10-day mission, during which the panel met with Kiir and Rebel chief Riek Machar.

UN officials have blamed the rebels of killings in Bentiu, insisting that most of the victims were executed after their tribal identity were confirmed.

Earlier on arrival in Juba, Kerry said troops were urgently required in South Sudan and those for the gross violations should be held accountable.

The peace talks in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, started on Thursday amid opposition pessimism that they were unlikely to lead to the signing of an agreement soon. (PANA/NAN)