Ceasefire urgently needed in South Sudan, says UN special envoy

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David Shearer. Photo: UNMISS

Ending the hostilities in South Sudan should be the global community's "number one priority", David Shearer, the UN Special Envoy to the country shared ahead of his briefing to the Security Council on Tuesday.

South Sudan's neighbours should also be "in lockstep" when it comes to pressuring the various parties to the conflict to resume negotiations, he added.

Africa's newest nation has been in the grip of a three-year brutal civil war, while also grappling with a man-made famine; the result of years of ongoing conflict and a collapsed economy which have disrupted farming.

Jocelyne Sambira began by asking Mr Shearer, who is also the head of UNMISS, the UN Mission in South Sudan, what the situation on the ground is like today.

Duration: 9’03″

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