Protection of civilians in South Sudan is core priority: Head of UNMISS

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Margrethe Løj. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

The protection of civilians remains a core priority of the United Nations, according to the Head of the UN Mission in South Sudan, UNMISS.

Margrethe Løj, who assumed her duties last month, said that progress on the peace talks was taking longer than hoped for.

She's called on the South Sudanese political leaders to make the necessary compromises for peace.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and nearly two million others have fled their homes since the conflict between government and rebel forces began in December 2013.

Ms Løj said the present mandate of the UN mission has been streamlined to focus on the following issues.

” Until a peace agreement has been reached, sooner rather than later, we need to ensure protection of civilians, we need to ensure that humanitarian assistance reaches areas of need, and we need to ensure that there's accountability for human rights violations.” (0'18")

Ms Løj said the Mission will continue to support the implementation of the cessation of hostilities agreement.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

Duration: 1’07″

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