South Sudan

UN Chief Meets Kiir over Rebellion


try geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>Ban made the remarks while meeting Kiir on the sidelines of the African Union Summit in Malobo, Equatorial Guinea on Thursday.

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The duo also discussed the latest developments in the war-torn country.

Ban said Kiir should talk to Machar “in the context of the IGAD-led process, and ensure the full implementation of the 9 June Agreement signed in Addis Ababa.”

He was referring to the Cessation of Hostilities agreement agreed to by Machar and Kiir in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

IGAD recently directed that President Kiir and Machar should form a transitional government by mid-August.

This is no likely to happen, given the mistrust among the rival parties.

Rebels early this week stormed out of the conference room in Addis Ababa, questioning the criteria used to invite stakeholders in the peace talks.

The Secretary-General informed Kiir that he had conveyed a similar message to Mr. Riek Machar, and called on the two parties to rapidly agree on the composition of the transitional government.

Ban further called on the President to continue to fight impunity and ensure full accountability for human rights violations committed in South Sudan.

He informed the President of the steps taken by the United Nations to beef up the capacities of UNMISS, consistent with the relevant Security Council resolution, to enhance the protection of civilians and support the verification mechanism set up to monitor the implementation of the 9 June Agreement.


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