"Long, complex process" to address roots of South Sudan crisis: Ladsous

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Hervé Ladsous

There are several priorities regarding the South Sudan crisis, but for the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), the protection of civilians is on top of its agenda.

That's what Hervé Ladsous, the head of UN peacekeeping operations told reporters following a Security Council meeting on South Sudan.

The next priority is to work on human rights and support humanitarian actors, the UN peacekeeping chief said.

The fourth element, Mr. Ladsous added, is to support the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) mediation process.

"On the one hand, IGAD is on the process of deploying military monitors to monitor the cease fire. On the second hand, it is also starting a political process. I believe the first meeting opened in Addis Ababa a couple of hours ago. It is going to be a very complex and long process to address all the deep roots of that very big crisis but it is of course very very important that the whole international community express total support for IGAD because it is the only diplomatic initiative."

IGAD, a bloc of 8 African countries, managed to broker a ceasefire in January after a political dispute between South Sudan President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar.

Mr. Machar was removed from office in July of 2013 and later accused of attempting a coup.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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