Government of South Sudan urged to release UN trucks and cargo

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Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The Government of South Sudan has been urged by the UN mission in the country (UNMISS) to immediately release its trucks and cargo impounded by National Security Service personnel on Wednesday.

The UN says the truck drivers were assaulted in the incident.

The peacekeeping mission is protecting civilians in the country following a conflict that broke out between government and opposition forces in December last year.

UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric says UNMISS is concerned by serious violations of the agreement signed by the Mission and the government.

"The Mission reports that four trucks carrying a consignment of armoured vehicles and equipment for Ethiopian peacekeepers in Juba were stopped by National Security Service (NSS) personnel on Wednesday on the outskirts of Juba. The truck drivers were assaulted by the security agents and accused of transporting weapons to armed opposition forces, and the vehicles were impounded. As of this morning, the Mission is still trying to obtain the release of all trucks and their cargo." (25")

UNMISS also reported that on Wednesday a fact that a fact-finding mission to Raga County in Western Bahr el-Ghazal state was denied permission to visit a site outside of the town that was allegedly bombed by Sudanese Armed Forces aircraft earlier this month.

The Mission was also prohibited from visiting a local hospital, where residents allegedly wounded in the bombardment have been receiving medical treatment.

UNMISS has reiterated the need to ensure unhindered movement of UN personnel so that it can fulfil its mandate.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations

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