UN Security Council urges all parties in South Sudan to immediately cease hostilities

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The UN Security Council has repeated the call for an immediate cessation of hostilities in South Sudan and for President Salva Kiir, former Vice President Riek Machar and other political leaders to engage urgently in direct talks without preconditions.

In a press statement Monday evening, the members of the Security Council stressed that there should be no further delays to cessation of hostilities and commencement of dialogue.

And they reiterated their support to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development's (IGAD) efforts to bring about peace.

The members of the Security Council expressed their deep concern at the situation in South Sudan, in particular the devastating impact of the crisis on South Sudan's civilian population and the continuing threat to civilians.

They renewed their calls on all concerned for full protection to be afforded to civilians, foreign nationals and UN personnel and facilities, provision of humanitarian access, release of all political detainees, security of economic infrastructure, including oil installations and the safety of the employees, and an end to all violence.

The members of the Security Council welcomed the steps taken to strengthen human rights investigation capacity in UNMISS and they stressed their determination that those responsible for human rights violations and abuses are held accountable.

The members of the Security Council commended UNMISS leadership and personnel for their life-saving work, and encouraged troop and police contributing countries to continue to support UNMISS through inter-mission cooperation, as well as deployment of new military and police peacekeepers.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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