Violence threatens efforts to stabilize South Sudan's Jonglei StateListen /
The continuing inter-communal violence in South Sudan's Jonglei State is threatening the government's effort to bring stability to the state.
Ms Johnson said "the world's youngest nation still travelling a bumpy road" although "there are positive indications that the country can turn the corner."
"Despite relative stability in Jonglei since early July, the vicious cycle of retaliatory violence now continues, poses significant risks to the Government's efforts to stabilize Jonglei. The latest deadly attacks occurred on 20 October in Twic East County and resulted in significant loss of life. These attacks, as well as the tensions between Lou Nuer and Anyuak in Akobo and Uror counties and possible retaliations can lead to further instability in the state." (28")
Ms. Johnson said that beyond Jonglei, for the first time in more than two years, there have been reports of suspected attacks and abductions by Ugandan rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army in Western Equatoria State.
Donn Bobb, United Nations