Peaceful disarmament key to ending violence in Jonglei: UN envoy

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Hilde Johnson, UN representative in South Sudan (center)

The Government of South Sudan has launched a process of disarming civilians in Jonglei State.

Inter-communal violence in the area has been exacerbated by the proliferation of small arms.

Charles Appel reports.

Following a series of inter-communal attacks in Jonglei State, the South Sudan government on Monday launched a comprehensive civilian disarmament programme.

That's according to the UN Mission to South Sudan (UNMISS) which supports the principle of collecting weapons held illegally within communities.

The violence has led to mass displacement and prompted a major humanitarian operation.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General in South Sudan, Hilde F. Johnson says the disarmament must be peaceful and voluntary and proceeded by a sensitization from local community leaders and government officials.

Charles Appel, United Nations.

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