Security Council expresses grave concern over increased violence and conflict in South Sudan

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The members of the Security Council expressed grave concern over the increased occurrence of conflict and violence and its effect on civilians in South Sudan, in particular a marked deterioration in the security and humanitarian situation in parts of Jonglei.

They strongly condemned attacks on civilians and the looting of UN and other international aid organizations' facilities in Jonglei State, South Sudan.

In a statement Friday, the members of the Security Council also underlined the need to address the underlying causes of inter-communal violence in South Sudan and urged all parties to seek peace through reconciliation.

Council President is Ambassador Maria Cristina Perceval of Argentina.

They deplored the fact that these attacks have caused large-scale displacements of the civilian population and called on the Government of South Sudan, which has primary responsibility to protect civilians, to expedite safe and unhindered humanitarian access for the timely and full delivery of humanitarian aid to all civilians in urgent need of assistance in accordance with relevant provisions of international law, including international humanitarian law and the United Nations guiding principles of humanitarian assistance, and provide full freedom of movement and unhindered access for the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) to all of Jonglei State, and it noted recent signs of improvements in this regard. They called on all parties, including armed militias, to exercise restraint, refrain from any acts of violence against civilians, and fully respect their obligations under applicable international law, including human rights law and international humanitarian law.”

Members of the Security Council took note of the commitment of President Kiir to investigate and hold accountable those accused of committing violations against civilians in Jonglei State, and, reiterated their deep concern at human rights violations and abuses by armed groups and by national security institutions, including some members of the SPLA, and emphasized that those responsible for any violations of international humanitarian law and violations and abuses of international human rights law must be held accountable.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 2’49″

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