South Sudan leaders urged to heal "wounds"

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The leaders of South Sudan have been urged by the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, to heal the wounds that he says have caused suffering for the people of the new nation.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and nearly two million others have fled their homes since the conflict between the government and rebel forces began nine months ago.

Mr Ban said the warring leaders have a responsibility towards their people.

"The United Nations is supporting the people of South Sudan with the biggest humanitarian operation ever undertaken in a country. Reinforcements of 5,000 peacekeepers are being deployed. We are supporting the IGAD peace process. I have a message for the leaders of South Sudan: You opened the wounds that have caused so much suffering. Now heal them. The parties owe this to their people and future generations."  (27″)

South Sudan, which became independent in 2011, has been mired in the conflict that broke out in December last year.

The Secretary-General reiterated his call on the leaders of both sides to find a mutually agreed power sharing arrangement to bring stability back to the country.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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