The Secretary-General welcomes the signing yesterday by Riek Machar and the Former Detainees of the compromise peace agreement put forth by the IGAD mediation. He takes note that President Salva Kiir initialled a copy of the agreement with some reservations. The Secretary-General expresses his strong hope that President Kiir will sign the agreement by the end of the 15-day deadline. Continue reading
Addis Ababa, 15 July 2015
The Secretary-General met today with Ms. Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior of South Sudan, widow of First Vice-President of Sudan, Dr. John Garang. The Secretary-General paid tribute to late Dr. Garang and to his legacy in helping South Sudan achieve its independence. Continue reading
Addis Ababa, 13 July
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen,
I have just concluded a productive meeting on South Sudan with His Excellency Mr. Hailemariam Desalegn, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Her Excellency Madame Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission.
We are in agreement. The conflict in South Sudan must stop.
Today, I repeat my call to President Kiir and former Vice-President Dr. Riek Machar to give up war – for the sake of the people and future of South Sudan.
I urge them to compromise, forge a political deal and make true on their promises to protect the people of South Sudan. Continue reading
The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Gerard Jacobus van Bohemen (New Zealand):
The members of the Security Council noted 9 July 2015 as the beginning of the fourth year of independence for the world’s youngest nation, the Republic of South Sudan. They expressed their profound disappointment with the actions of President Salva Kiir, former Vice President Riek Machar Teny and other leaders who have put their personal ambitions ahead of the good of their country and their people and jeopardized the foundation of this fledgling state. Continue reading
بمناسبة ذكرى استقلال جنوب السودان الذي يوافق غدا الخميس، أشار الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة في بيان صادر عن المتحدث باسمه إلى وجوده في جوبا قبل أربع سنوات حيث شهد رفع علم جنوب السودان كعضو جديد في الأمم المتحدة
“لن أنسى أبدا الشعور بالبهجة والأمل. تلك الذكريات هي أكثر إيلاما اليوم ونحن نحتفل بالذكرى الرابعة لبلد يفتقر إلى الامل. وقال الأمين العام إن شعب جنوب السودان يواجه معاناة، ومستويات غير معقولة من أفعال الإساءة والاستغلال الجنسي على نحو خال من الضمير
Four years ago, I stood in Juba with masses of proud citizens and watched the flag rise for the first time over the newest member state of the United Nations, South Sudan. I will never forget the sense of joy and hope. Those memories are all the more painful to recall today as we mark the fourth anniversary of a country where hope is in short supply. Continue reading
KHARTOUM/JUBA, 7 July 2015 – The Government of Sudan, the Government of South Sudan and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) extended for six months an agreement that allows the delivery of food assistance from Sudan to South Sudan where hundreds of thousands of people face acute hunger due to the continuing conflict.
This is the second extension of the agreement, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was first signed in July last year. The agreement has so far enabled the timely delivery of over 20,000 metric tons of food assistance from White Nile State in Sudan to some 300,000 conflict-affected people in Maban, Melut, Renk and Wadakona in the northern part of Upper Nile State in South Sudan who depend mainly on food assistance delivered via this corridor. Continue reading
Khartoum, Sudan, 23 June 2015 (UNHCR): The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), its sister UN agencies and humanitarian partners, including the Sudanese Red Crescent Society, are concerned at the dire situation of South Sudanese refugees having recently fled into Sudan.
Since 20 May, nearly 30,000 South Sudanese have sought refuge in Sudan, mainly in White Nile State. The most recent surge, however, occurred in mid-June, when some 9,200 South Sudanese refugees were registered in Kharasana, West Kordofan State. The influx in the State has continued since then, at a rate of 100-150 per day.
“We are extremely preoccupied at the reports received about these people’s condition. Of these 9,200 new arrivals, some 7,000 are children, including 3,500 under five. We have also identified some 150 unaccompanied and separated children. They are in dire need of immediate life-saving assistance”, UNHCR Representative, Mohammed Adar, says. Continue reading
The Secretary-General strongly condemns the escalation of hostilities in the past ten days between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the SPLA in Opposition and their allied forces in Unity and Upper Nile States.
He is appalled by the reports of human rights violations committed by the SPLA and their allied forces, including the burning of villages, and the killing and rape of civilians, in the course of their military operations in Unity State. He also deplores the death of four internally displaced persons (IDPs) caught in the cross-fire in the protection of civilians site within the UNMISS compound in Melut. He demands that immediate national investigations be conducted so that those responsible for these crimes are held accountable by their respective leadership. Continue reading
The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Raimonda Murmokaité (Lithuania):
On 14 May, the members of the Security Council were briefed by Special Representative of the Secretary-General Ellen Margrethe Løj on the situation in South Sudan.
The members of the Security Council expressed condemnation at the renewed and ongoing large-scale violence in Unity State caused by the recent Government of South Sudan offensive and resulting in the displacement of more than 100,000 civilians and the suspension of nearly all activity and delivery of aid to populations in the affected areas, over 300,000 civilians, by humanitarian agencies and organizations. The members of the Security Council further expressed their condemnation of the large-scale attack initiated on 15 May by the SPLM/A (in Opposition) on the town of Malakal, in Upper Nile State. Continue reading