South Sudan urged to address root causes of ethnic conflict

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A view of Pibor, South Sudan, through the window of a helicopter

President Salva Kiir of South Sudan has been urged to address the root causes of the conflict between rival ethnic communities in Jonglei State.

In a telephone conversation with President Kiir on Monday the UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban expressed his appreciation for the leader's efforts to resolve ongoing tensions between the two communities.

Charles Appel reports:

Tension between the rival Lou Nuer and Murle ethnic groups in Jonglei state has escalated in recent weeks.

The government of South Sudan deployed a battalion to the town of Pibor where members of the Murle ethnic community sought refuge after fleeing attacks by young people from the Lou Nuer ethnic community.

Last week the United Nations Mission in South Sudan sent a battalion to Pibor to prevent further attacks.

But the violence has continued. Thousands of Murle people have fled Pibor over the last few days following an attack by around 6,000 armed youth from the Lou Nuer community.

Charles Appel, United Nations.

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