Members of the Security Council concerned over fighting in South SudanListen /
The Members of the Security Council have expressed serious concern over the fighting in South Sudan that has reportedly resulted in large numbers of casualties, as well as over the risk of targeted violence against certain communities. The fighting began on December 15 and is ongoing in the capital city of Juba, and other areas in the country.
In a press statement, the Members of the Security Council urged all parties to immediately cease hostilities, exercise restraint and refrain from violence and other actions that could exacerbate tensions. They also underscored the vital importance of protection of all civilians, regardless of their communities of origin, and called for all authorities to respect the rule of law and human rights.
The Members of the Security Council called for the Government of South Sudan to engage in dialogue with its opponents and to resolve differences peacefully in order to prevent any spread of the current violence.
They commended the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) as the mission seeks to provide shelter, protection and humanitarian assistance to the affected people of South Sudan and to open the dialogue between key leaders to bring a resolution to this crisis.
The statement concludes that the members of the Security Council will monitor the situation closely and consider further action as appropriate.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.