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South Sudan: UN and companions make plea for urgent intervention to end ‘escalating violence’

While the primary responsibility for safeguarding civilians lies with the nationwide Government, UNMISS and global partners reiterated that they are prepared to provide all necessary assistance to protect civilians in affected areas. UN Photo/Isaac Billy “UNMISS is intensifying patrols in conflict hotspots and closely monitoring the situation, noting that such fighting has previously led to significant loss of existence and large-scale civilian shift. ” The statement also strongly encouraged national politicians and traditional leaders in order to persuade young fighters to prevent the violence and go after “a dialogue-based approach that focuses on restoring calm plus peacefully resolving the root factors behind the conflict. ” News reports quoting a nearby official said youths from your Nuer community had attacked members of the Murle ethnic group in Greater Pibor.

Ultimatum

UNMISS , the African Union mission, regional bloc IGAD, the so-called Troika (United States, United Kingdom, and Norway), the European Union, and the entire body overseeing the peace agreement signed by the warring parties in South Sudan (R-JMEC), issued a statement on Wednesday, saying they were “gravely concerned about the escalating ongoing violence, loss of life and reports of alleged use of heavy weaponry”. The fighting began whenever armed youths attacked the particular village of Lanam, according to Greater Pibor’s information minister. He told news outlets that members of each groups suffered fatalities, with 17 Murle community associates among those injured. The statement also noted that the “uncalled designed for violence” posed a serious danger to the peace and balance of all South Sudanese, and called on the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Checking and Verification Mechanism, to check into, urging the parties to the conflict, to facilitate access.  

Dialogue, not fighting

The world’s most youthful country has been mired in violence which escalated shortly after gaining independence through Sudan in 2011, between Authorities forces led by President Salva Kiir, and practitioners loyal to his competitor Riek Machar. The statement through the UN and partners advised combatants and supporters “to immediately cease hostilities, workout restraint and respect human rights. ” 

Peacekeepers serving with UNMISS, the UN mission in South Sudan, patrol Central Equatoria.
They emphasized the need to check out and hold all perpetrators of violence to account, “including those who are instigating and inciting violence and those accountable for the abduction of women and children. ”

The information ressortchef (umgangssprachlich) for Jonglei state furthermore reportedly condemned the combating and called on younger fighters from the state, in order to immediately end the assault, and return home. Each senior local officials called for central Government intervention to finish the violence, according to information reports.

Stepping up patrols

Peacekeepers offering with UNMISS, the UN mission in South Sudan, patrol Central Equatoria. They known as on South Sudanese commanders “to urgently intervene to prevent the fighting and ensure the particular safety and security of civilians in addition to unimpeded humanitarian access to people affected by the fighting. ”

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