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UNMISS chief urges global pressure to end South Sudan conflict

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March 17, 2017 (JUBA) - The head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has urged the international community to speak with one voice, stressing that doing so would help put a bearing pressure on the rival South Sudanese leaders to create the political will for the parties to cease hostilities and build peace.

“Standing together is the only way to move forward,” David Shearer, according to a statement his office extended to Sudan Tribune on Friday. He further added Shearer during a briefing to the African Union peace and Security Council (AUPSC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, told the continental body that the situation in the country continues to deteriorate and generate profound human suffering in which local and ethnic divisions have been exploited for political ends.

The top UN official in the country was addressing an AUPSC meeting on South Sudan on Friday during which he said that “conflict is apparent across the country.”

‘In recent weeks there has been an escalation of fighting in Equatoria and Upper Nile regions. Both have led to significant and additional displacement of civilians,” he said

He added that new armed groups and actors are emerging leaving South Sudan deeply divided, pointing out that a “circuit breaker is desperately needed.”

Shearer reiterated that access denials to both humanitarian organisations and the UN mission, UNMISS, even in the face of such enormous suffering are continuing.

He described as “alarming” the lack of any response from South Sudanese leaders of all sides to the plight of their people.

In an opinion article published in the News Week Friday, UNMISS chief urged the international community to provide the needed humanitarian support for the famine-hit civilians in South Sudan.

"This tragedy needs and deserves the attention of the world. Now, more than ever, it needs foreign aid. But more importantly, it needs the leaders of the world’s youngest nation, who fought for decades to win independence, to understand that their cherished sovereignty comes with responsibility—to protect and provide for their citizens, not simply expect those needs to be met from outside," he said.

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  • 18 March 2017 02:22, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Mr Shearer,

    You are 100 percent correct. But in this period of corruption not one will heed your logic of settling the problems of South Sudanese. There is enormous transfers of dollars to corrupt neighboring countries to side with the evil government of the country to exterminate the citizens of the country who are non-Dinkas.A bold stand and effective action in needed to avert the sad situation

  • 18 March 2017 02:50, by lino

    The world is not showing enough teeth to these maroon leaders of SS. Since last July, 2016, the world is helping the failed government of Kiir to implement Dr. Luka Biongddrzd suggestions infront of US Congress:
    1- Both leaders out of power.
    2- One leader out and other in.
    3- Leave them fight till someone emerge.
    The second choice is being implemented but added more leaders to rebel now.

  • 18 March 2017 05:41, by Tilo

    The problem of SS is that the current government doesn’t want to implement peace for they know if peace reign in the country, governance system will improve, hybrid court will be establish and those who committed atrocity will be locked behind bar.
    However regime change will still happen and all criminals will be prosecuted and jailed. What happened to chad president will happen in SS.

  • 18 March 2017 05:51, by Tilo

    Time for being soft on the government of SS is gone, Government need to be forced to implement real peace deal not only having good working relationship. Good working relationship is not helping the common citizen of the country. The current VP has failed to control IO, time is up for him, he has done nothing rather than scrubbing the 2015 peace. He is good for nothing. remove them from presidency



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