Crisis worsens in South Sudan, says Security Council PresidentListen /
The crisis is worsening in South Sudan where inter-communal violence continues, according to Ambassador Gérard Araud of France, the President of the Security Council this month.
Ambassador Araud says that late on Monday members of the Council held an emergency meeting on the situation in the newest nation.
He points out that a senior United Nations peacekeeping official told the Council that fighting has expanded to many parts of South Sudan resulting in thousands of internally displaced persons or IDPs.
” Violence continues to follow ethnic lines. The humanitarian situation is worsening, 100,000 IDPs, 45,000 IDPs are seeking refuge in and around UNMISS bases. In this context, the SG has circulated a letter to the Security Council for reinforcing UNMISS by 5,500 peacekeepers." (22")
Ambassador Araud says the Security Council is now considering a draft resolution proposed by the United States to respond to the Secretary-General's recommendation.
Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.