Ban: continued violence and ethnic strife in South Sudan is "unacceptable"

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The UN Secretary-General has urged all political, military and militia leaders in South Sudan to stop hostilities and end the violence against civilians.

Mr. Ban Ki-moon made the call on Sunday, as he wrapped up a 3 day visit to the Philippines.

About 40,000 civilians had taken refuge in UN bases and other locations around the country, he said.

"I call on President Salva Kiir of South Sudan and opposition political leaders, including former Vice President Riek Machar, to come to the table to find the political way out of this crisis. They are responsible to the people of South Sudan to end the crisis and find the political means of addressing their differences. I call on them to do everything in their power to ensure that their followers hear the message loud and clear, that continued violence- ethnic and otherwise- is completely unacceptable and poses a dangerous threat to the future of their country."

Mr. Ban also warned that the continued violence, ethnic and otherwise, in South Sudan is completely unacceptable and posed a threat to the future of the young nation.

Deadly clashes have escalated in South Sudan since 15 December, following what President Salva Kiir’s Government claimed was an attempted coup by soldiers loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar, who was dismissed in July.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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