U.N. Says Still ‘Concerned’ On South Sudan Violence

This article was last updated on May 25, 2022

Hilde F. Johnson the UN Special Envoy in South Sudan told the press in Juba that, the mission still remains concerned on the situation.

“We are concerned and deeply concerned about the fighting and the violence,” she said, “And we have stated that clearly and we are urging everyone all leaders of all communities to go for restrain and to end the circle of violence in Jonglei State.”

The UN Humanitarian Chief Coordinator Toby Lanzer on Sunday said at least 200 people wounded were flown out of Pibor following the clashes in the area.

Jonglei State Governor on Saturday sought for intensified intervention of the national government on the situation. He met South Sudanese Vice President Dr. Riek Machar and said the situation needs increased effort.

He also sought for increased humanitarian assistant to the victims affected.

Fighting in Pibor was reported to have taken 10 days as Lou Nuer youth got engaged against Murle and involvement of rebel militia David Yau Yau forces. No death reports have been reported.

The UN said on Sunday that humanitarian aid agencies for the first time after months following fight in the county got access to affected areas to deliver assistance to the affected population.

The U.S. government ha urged all parties – including the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and other state and non-state armed actors – to end the violence, and to work towards peace and reconciliation through dialogue.

“We call on the Government of South Sudan to meet its obligation to ensure the safety and security of all civilians, and to protect and respect their universal human rights regardless of their background or ethnicity,” said a statement by Jen Psaki, Spokesperson.

He said that the Government also has an obligation to hold accountable those individuals responsible for the violence and who have committed human rights abuses – including members of the security forces – through transparent judicial processes that respect the rule of law.

“We continue to encourage the parties to the conflict to implement the resolutions agreed at the All Jonglei Peace Conference, and to work toward peace, reconciliation, and tolerance,” he added.

He said that United States stands ready to help provide humanitarian assistance to those affected and to support reconciliation efforts and improvements in security.

“Building a lasting peace in Jonglei is essential to reaching the vision South Sudan articulated at its independence – of forging an inclusive, democratic state at peace internally and with its neighbours,” he said.

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