UN urges free movement for aid workers in South Sudan

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Peacekeepers in South Sudan. UNMISS

The South Sudanese government is being urged by the UN to allow the free movement of aid workers in the country.

Forcible searches of UN vehicles, flights and convoys continue and UN personnel have been threatened and harassed.

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) expressed concerns about the recurring and numerous violations of the Status Forces Agreement (SoFA) it has with the Government.

In the agreement, the Government grants immunity to the UN personnel in the country. In turn, the UN commits to work with impartiality and integrity in fulfilling its mandate.

Farhan Haq is the UN Spokesperson.

"The Mission reiterates that the Government has the obligation to respect the Status of Forces Agreement. Ensuring the freedom of movement for UN peacekeepers and humanitarian personnel remains essential to the protection and assistance of vulnerable populations in the country."

The Heads of the World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Antonio Guterres, are currently in South Sudan.

According to Haq, they have both expressed alarm at the scale of the needs arising from the crisis.

The South Sudan Crisis Response Plan, which covers January to June 2014, is only 30 per cent funded.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

Duration: 1’16″

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