UN mission supports regional efforts to resolve conflict in South Sudan

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Hilde Johnson briefing via video-link

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) supports the regional efforts to resolve the ongoing inter-ethnic conflict in the new country.

That's what the head of UNMISS Hilde Johnson told reporters in a briefing via video-link on Thursday.

She said leaders in the region and the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) are talking with leaders of South Sudan to end the conflict which has displaced thousands of people.

"Today President (Uhuru) Kenyatta of Kenya and Ethiopian Prime Minister Haile Hailemariam Desalegn visited Juba. IGAD heads of states have engaged actively with both parties and a summit of IGAD will take place in Nairobi tomorrow. They have just departed and I am waiting to get the outcome of their meeting. The mission fully supports these intense and ongoing efforts of South Sudan's neighbours to seek a peaceful resolution to the current crisis." 

Ms Johnson said "these past eleven days have been a very trying time for South Sudan and for all citizens of this new-born nation."

She called on the political leaders of South Sudan to order their forces to urgently lay down their arms and give peace a chance.

Donn Bobb, United Nations

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