UN Security Council team in Juba, as peace talks are adjourned

UN Security Council members arriving in Juba, for their one-day visit in the country.
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[Juba, South Sudan, TCT] The United Nations Security Council members have arrived in Juba for a one-day visit to South Sudan, as the government announced that the peace talks in Addis Ababa had been adjourned for government officials to return to Juba and brief the president on the state of the talks.

 

The adjournment of the meeting between the government and the rebels was announced by the information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth on 11th August. He said the government team to the talks would go back to Juba to brief the president on developments on the peace talks and the government position on the same.

While in the country, the UN said the Security Council team members will be “engaging with both leaders’, that is, President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar. The team arrives in the country at a time when concern is being raised by various players on the fragile situation in the country and the need to accelerate the peace process.

 

Oxfam, an aids agency says that with the peace talks in Addis stalling, continuing violence throughout the country and a man-made food security crisis, the situation in South Sudan is more urgent.

“This visit from the UN Security Council comes at a key moment, and provides an opportunity to step up efforts to bring an end to the conflict, push for a lasting ceasefire, ensure humanitarian assistance reaches communities and that a foundation is built for the durable peace this country so urgently needs,” said Oxfam's country director Tariq Rieb.

 

The UN Security officials were welcomed to the country by United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) team led by acting head of Mission Raisedon Zenenga and Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) Designate Ellen Loj, as well as South Sudan government ministers.

“…we remain concerned by obstacles to humanitarian access throughout South Sudan, including threats to humanitarian workers, as so tragically seen last week with the killing of five NGO staff in Maban,” said Tariq.

 

Since December, more than 1.5 million people have been displaced, including over 400,000 who have fled the country seeking refuge in neighbouring countries. Within South Sudan, Oxfam says 4 million are facing alarming levels of hunger. The impact of this conflict – and the complete inability of both parties to bring it to an end – has been catastrophic for the people of South Sudan.

 

“There is an urgent need for the international community to show a united front and use all their diplomatic influence to ensure both parties engage meaningfully in the talks and listen to the diversity of voices in South Sudan...This political impasse can’t go on any longer – the people of South Sudan have suffered too much,” Tariq said in an earlier statement.

[Juba, South Sudan, TCT] The United Nations Security Council members have arrived in Juba for a one-day visit to South Sudan, as the government announced that the peace talks in Addis Ababa had been adjourned for government officials to return to Juba and brief the president on the state of the talks.

 

The adjournment of the meeting between the government and the rebels was announced by the information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth on 11th August. He said the government team to the talks would go back to Juba to brief the president on developments on the peace talks and the government position on the same.

While in the country, the UN said the Security Council team members will be “engaging with both leaders’, that is, President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar. The team arrives in the country at a time when concern is being raised by various players on the fragile situation in the country and the need to accelerate the peace process.

 

Oxfam, an aids agency says that with the peace talks in Addis stalling, continuing violence throughout the country and a man-made food security crisis, the situation in South Sudan is more urgent.

“This visit from the UN Security Council comes at a key moment, and provides an opportunity to step up efforts to bring an end to the conflict, push for a lasting ceasefire, ensure humanitarian assistance reaches communities and that a foundation is built for the durable peace this country so urgently needs,” said Oxfam's country director Tariq Rieb.

 

The UN Security officials were welcomed to the country by United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) team led by acting head of Mission Raisedon Zenenga and Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) Designate Ellen Loj, as well as South Sudan government ministers.

“…we remain concerned by obstacles to humanitarian access throughout South Sudan, including threats to humanitarian workers, as so tragically seen last week with the killing of five NGO staff in Maban,” said Tariq.

 

Since December, more than 1.5 million people have been displaced, including over 400,000 who have fled the country seeking refuge in neighbouring countries. Within South Sudan, Oxfam says 4 million are facing alarming levels of hunger. The impact of this conflict – and the complete inability of both parties to bring it to an end – has been catastrophic for the people of South Sudan.

 

“There is an urgent need for the international community to show a united front and use all their diplomatic influence to ensure both parties engage meaningfully in the talks and listen to the diversity of voices in South Sudan...This political impasse can’t go on any longer – the people of South Sudan have suffered too much,” Tariq said in an earlier statement.

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