UN official calls for end to violence in South Sudan

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Hilde Johnson, head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

The senior United Nations official in South Sudan has called for an end to hostilities which have killed approximately 1,000 people and displaced nearly 200,000 others over the past two weeks.

Hilde Johnson, head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), told reporters in the capital, Juba, on Wednesday that it is up to the nation's leaders to pull the country back from the brink.

She said negotiations in Ethiopia between representatives of the government of President Salva Kiir and deputy leader Riek Machar should also be accompanied by a process of national reconciliation.

The envoy also called for both parties to use the first day of the New Year to take a decisive step for peace.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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