South Sudan

Ban Warns Kiir On Civilian Killings

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Meanwhile, expressing his grave concern about the deteriorating security situation Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon demanded that all political, military and militia leaders end the violence against civilians.


“I call on President Salva Kiir of South Sudan and opposition political leaders, including former Vice President Riek Machar, to come to the table to find a political way out of this crisis, the UN chief said at the start of a press conference in Manila, where he was wrapping up a three-day visit to some of the areas of the country hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan.


Mr. Ban said the situation in South Sudan was of serious concern to the international community and that the young country’s political and military leadership have a responsibility to the people to end the crisis and find the political means of addressing their differences.


Deadly clashes have escalated in the country since last weekend, according to media reports, following what President Kiir’s Government claimed was an attempted coup by soldiers loyal to the former Vice President, who was dismissed in July.

He reiterated his call on the country’s political players to “do everything in their power to ensure that their followers hear the message loud and clear that continued violence, ethnic and otherwise, is completely unacceptable and poses a dangerous threat to the future of their young country.”

The Secretary-General said the UN is doing its best to mobilise, first of all, mediation capacity, including through his decision to dispatch senior officials to Juba.

“And I understand that the African Union has also sent their mediation team. The foreign ministers of five countries of IGAD [Intergovernmental Authority on Development] are also on the ground, meeting with both parties – [the Government of] South Sudan and the former Vice President Machar’s party,” he added.

As for efforts to protect vulnerable civilians, he said that the UN is actively trying to transfer assets from other peacekeeping missions, like the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) and some other areas.


“And we are also seeking support from other key countries [that] can provide the necessary assets. We are in shortage of capacity,” the Secretary-General said.

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