South Sudan faces considerable security challenges: UN envoy

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Hilde Johnson, Special Representative of the Secretary-General to South Sudan

The tension between Sudan and South Sudan seems to be easing but South Sudan continues to face serious security challenges.

That's the assessment of Hilde Johnson, the head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) who briefed journalists in Juba, the country's capital, on Monday.

UN Deputy Spokesperson Eduardo Del Buey has more.

"Hilde Johnson congratulated both countries with their agreement on the expected cross-border opening of the transfer of oil later this week. She voiced hope that this will open up a new chapter for the two countries. The Special Representative noted that South Sudan faces considerable security challenges. In Jonglei State, the two biggest threats to stability and security of civilians are intercommunal violence and insurgency by armed groups. She called for restraint and said that it is critical that all levels of government take measures to stop the ongoing attacks." (Duration: 31")

Hilde Johnson said that UNMISS has and will continue to maintain a significant military and civilian presence across Jonglei, acting with impartiality to assist the Government in protecting all communities.

She added that in accordance with its mandate, the mission will also continue to follow up on any reports of incidences where civilians are impacted or their rights violated.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 1'20"

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