NEW YORK, United States of America, June 27, 2016 – The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the current escalation of violence between the Sudan’s People Liberation Army (SPLA) and armed groups, in Wau town and surrounding areas, in South Sudan. He regrets the reported loss of lives.
The Secretary-General calls on all fighting forces to immediately suspend the hostilities, provide access to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and cooperate with humanitarian partners to facilitate the delivery of assistance. He urges all parties to agree to dialogue to resolve their political disputes.
The Secretary-General commends UNMISS and the Humanitarian Country Team for taking pro-active steps to protect fleeing civilians outside their base in Wau. UNMISS is in the process of deploying additional capabilities to the area to be able to address possible contingencies.
JUBA, South Sudan, June 27, 2016 – UNMISS is continuing to provide protection to approximately 10,000 civilians in Wau, following the outbreak of violence. At this time, UNMISS military forces have created a security cordon around an area adjacent to the UN base and peacekeepers are conducting active patrolling to ensure the safety of the displaced civilians within this area. This area is currently secure and humanitarian partners are providing basic assistance to the displaced people. UNMISS is currently negotiating with the SPLA for access to Wau town to conduct additional patrols to protect the civilian population in the town.
UNMISS wishes to clarify that opening its gates are not a first line of response in the protection of civilians. Opening the gates is an exceptional measure of last resort to be undertaken only when all other means of protection have been exhausted. UN bases are not designed to serve as shelters for displaced populations. At this time, UNMISS is continuing to provide a secure environment for those displaced by the violence in Wau adjacent to its base. UNMISS will consider additional measures in line with its mandate should the security situation deteriorate further.
TORONTO, Canada, April 29, 2016 – The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:
“Canada welcomes the formation of South Sudan’s Transitional Government of National Unity under the leadership of President Salva Kiir and First Vice-President Riek Machar.
“This is an important step toward national reconciliation in South Sudan. We urge the government to make genuine efforts toward addressing the challenges the country faces.
“Most urgently, every possible step must be made by the national leadership to put an end to persistent conflict across the country and to give humanitarian agencies unfettered access to those in dire need of assistance.
“If South Sudan is to avoid returning to a cycle of violence and impunity, it is crucial for the government and the legislature to move quickly to establish the accountability institutions called for in the 2015 Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan.
“Canada is committed to assisting the Transitional Government of National Unity as it sets out a new path for South Sudan.”