South Sudan

UN Security Council to Debate South Sudan Crisis

Kiir, Machar, Wani Iga and Gen. Lado Gore in a meeting on Friday

The United Nations Security Council is expected to hold a special sitting on Sunday evening to deliberate on the impulsive and fast deteriorating security environment in South Sudan.

On Sunday the country’s capital Juba registered a full blown war between the forces of President Salva Kiir and those belonging to his vice Dr. Riek Machar.

UN compound in the capital was also hit with several ground attack weaponry shells from mainly Rocket Propelled Grenades, symptoms artillery and mortars, killing dozens of civilians.

The United States that has already championed for a number of sanctions on South Sudan military and rebel commanders reportedly wants a tougher stance taken to arrest the situation in Juba.

The sitting is scheduled to take place at the UN headquarters in Juba. UN has already passed a number of resolutions since the civil war broke out in South Sudan in December 2013.

Early on Sunday the regional body IGAD that brokered a peace deal between the two factions also summoned an emergency Council of Ministers summit. The Foreign Affair’s ministers of the members states are to convene in Kenyan capital Nairobi on Monday.

The UN mission in the country issued a statement on Sunday afternoon expressing displeasure on the attack on its compound.

Full Statement

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is outraged at the resumption of violence in Juba today, 10 July, which is severely impacting on the civilian population.

The heavy fighting in Juba town, including in close proximity to the UNMISS compounds at UN House Jebel and Tomping, has prompted approximately 1,000 internally displaced people to flee from the UNMISS protection of civilians site (PoC) 1 into the UNMISS compound at UN House Jebel. The heavy fighting downtown Juba has forced hundreds of civilians to seek protection at UNMISS’ Tomping base. The United Nations is gravely concerned about reports that armed forces have prevented civilians from seeking protection.

Both UNMISS compounds in Juba have sustained impacts from small arms and heavy weapons fire. The United Nations urges all parties to respect the sanctity of the United Nations and condemns any deliberate targeting of United Nations premises and its personnel.

United Nations peacekeepers continue to protect displaced civilians at PoC sites 1 and 3. For the safety and security of those displaced civilians, the United Nations urges all parties to respect the civilian nature of the PoC sites. UN peacekeepers are also mobilized to protect UNMISS bases in UN House and Tomping.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General has directly called on the leadership at the highest level in South Sudan to immediately restrain their forces, to engage in dialogue to find a political solution to this crisis and to allow access to the United Nations to be able to patrol in order to reassure the civilian population.


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