UN chief voices deep concern about humanitarian situation in S. Sudan

UN chief voices deep concern about humanitarian situation in S. Sudan
# 07 August 2014 02:32 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon Wednesday expressed deep concern about the dire humanitarian situation across South Sudan, calling on the parties concerned to immediately cease military operations and find a peaceful resolution to the conflict, APA reports quoting XÄ°nhua.

In a statement issued here by his spokesperson, Ban strongly condemned the recent killing of five South Sudanese employees of humanitarian non-governmental organizations in Maban County, Upper Nile State.

Since Monday, when five South Sudanese humanitarian workers of Nuer ethnicity were killed by a community-based self-defence militia calling itself the Mabanese Defense Forces, Maban County has been the site of clashes between the Mabanese Defense Forces and deserting soldiers from the Sudan People's Liberation Army ( SPLA).

"The Secretary-General demands that the relevant authorities conduct a full investigation into these tragic events," said the statement, calling on all armed forces and groups in South Sudan to do their utmost to keep relief personnel and civilians safe from harm.

Ban reiterated that there is no military solution to the crisis in South Sudan and appealed to the parties to "immediately cease their military operations and demonstrate the political will to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict."

He welcomed the resumption of talks in Addis Ababa on Monday under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and urged the parties to seriously and fully engage in a meaningful dialogue, and to tangibly advance the political process.

An estimated 1.5 million people have been uprooted in the fighting that started with a political impasse in mid-December 2013 between President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar. The conflict also sent nearly 100,000 civilians fleeing to UN bases around the country.

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