UNMISS continues political engagement with South Sudanese

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The United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) continues political engagement with senior Government officials and opposition figures.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UNMISS, Hilde Johnson, has been in contact with a number of political and community leaders, calling for their engagement and to use their influence to convince the armed youth to halt their advance.

The Mission reports that Bor is largely under Government control.

Meanwhile, in a press statement late Sunday, UNMISS said it was extremely concerned that large numbers of armed youth may be advancing towards the Jonglei State capital of Bor.

UNMISS confirms that it has been tracking reports of the movement of armed groups for some days, but that it cannot independently confirm the size or precise location of these groupings.

UNMISS conducted aerial reconnaissance on Sunday and reports that they have identified some armed groups approximately 50 km north-east of Bor.

Up to 180,000 people are estimated to have been displaced since 15 December when the recent wave of fighting broke out in South Sudan.

Of those, up to 75,000 people have sought refuge in UNMISS bases in the country, including in Juba, Bor, Bentiu, Malakal and Pariang.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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