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Ban Ki-moon Calls for Ceasefire and Negotiations As Fighting Flares in South Sudan

 UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

Amid renewed conflict in South Sudan, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for an immediate ceasefire and political negotiations.

“The Secretary-General strongly condemns the resumption of hostilities between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army and Opposition forces in Bentiu and Rubkona in Unity State, South Sudan. This resumption of hostilities is yet again a serious violation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement and undermines the ongoing IGAD efforts to find a political solution to the conflict in South Sudan,” the statement published on official UN’s website said.
Ban Ki-moon also called upon President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar to cease immediately all military operations and reminded them of their obligation to protect civilians and ensure their security.
Throughout the conflict, hundreds of displaced people have sought shelter in the bases of the UN Mission in South Sudan, UNMISS.
According to the statement, Ban Ki-moon “reminds all parties of the inviolability of all UN premises, including UNMISS Protection of Civilians sites, where the Mission is currently protecting some 100,000 displaced civilians country-wide, 49,000 of them in Bentiu alone”.
The Secretary General concluded on Thursday by urging “both parties to participate constructively in the on-going political negotiations in Addis Ababa and reach urgently an agreement on inclusive and comprehensive transitional arrangements”.
Violence erupted in South Sudan between the government and the opposition in December, when the country’s president, Salva Kiir, accused his ex-deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup. Tens of thousands of people have been killed in the civil war.
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