Security Council likens ethnic dimension in South Sudan conflict to "powder keg"

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Gérard Araud

The members of the Security Council have expressed "grave alarm and concern" regarding the rapidly deteriorating security and humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.

The Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations and current President of the Security Council made the announcement on Friday.

Ambassador Gérard Araud says the Council condemns the fighting and targeted violence occurring across the country against civilians and specific ethnic and other communities.

“It’s a political crisis basically. First, it’s a political crisis within the leadership of the SPLM (Sudan People's Liberation Movement), but as I said you have the political crisis and you have a powder keg, which is the ethnic question. So, the political crisis could lead to generate a civil war if we don’t solve very quickly the political crisis through dialogue”.

Ambassador Araud adds that Council members also stressed the necessity for all parties to reject this violence in all its forms and to resolve disagreements peacefully.

President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar are being urged to demonstrate leadership in bringing a swift and peaceful resolution to this crisis by calling for a cessation of hostilities and immediately commencing a dialogue.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

Duration: 1’19″

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