Security Council condemns attacks against aid workers in South Sudan

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Recent attacks against civilians and aid workers in South Sudan have been strongly condemned by the UN Security Council.

On Wednesday, UN agencies and donors in the new African country said they were horrified by the killings of at least six South Sudanese aid workers in Maban County, Upper Nile State.

The country is embroiled in a conflict between government forces and troops loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar.

The Security Council, which was briefed on the situation in South Sudan, said the targeting of civilians and humanitarian workers may constitute war crimes.

The President of the Council in August is Ambassador Mark Layall Grant of the United Kingdom.

"In the subsequent discussion among Council members there was a broad consensus around the frustration at the situation in South Sudan, concern about the continuing fighting and the lack of progress in the talks but strong support for IGAD in taking those talks forward." (16")

IGAD is the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, a grouping of eight East African countries that is mediating the peace talks to end the conflict in South Sudan.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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