World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Reports of Ethnically Motivated Killings in South Sudan

U.S. Mission to the United Nations: Statement on Reports of Ethnically Motivated Killings in South Sudan

The United States condemns in the strongest terms the targeting and killing of at least six humanitarian workers, in Maban County, South Sudan, reportedly on ethnic grounds. We extend our condolences to the families who have lost loved ones and, more broadly, to the people of South Sudan who are suffering daily the devastating effects of an entirely man-made crisis.

More than four million people in South Sudan are on the verge of famine and since mid-December the ongoing violence has driven over 1.5 million people from their homes. Given the tremendous need for humanitarian assistance, all parties, especially the Government of South Sudan, must protect humanitarian workers delivering life-saving aid to those in need. In addition, as the United States has conveyed directly to South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, the perpetrators of yesterday's appalling murders must be found and brought to justice.

The responsibility for halting the violence and mitigating the humanitarian catastrophe rests with South Sudan’s leaders. We urge President Kiir and Riek Machar to implement fully the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement signed on January 23, and to engage far more energetically in the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)-mediated talks in Ethiopia.

All parties to the conflict must respect UN facilities, UN staff and other humanitarian workers, and halt all attacks on civilians. There is no military solution to this crisis. It is long past time for South Sudan’s political and military leaders to recognize this fact and begin the essential work of meeting the dire needs of their people.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 


Signs Of Ebola Decline In Liberia Offer ‘Glimmer Of Hope’

Equipped with UNICEF-developed and Government-approved awareness materials, these girls go door-to-door in West Point, Monrovia, to educate their parents, family members and friends about Ebola and how it can be prevented. Photo: UNICEF/UNI171713/Griggers More>>

ALSO:

Allegations Of Misreporting By Joint Darfur Mission

Ban ‘Deeply Troubled’ by Findings of Review of Allegations of Misreporting by Joint Darfur Mission More>>

Status Quo Not Viable Option’ In Jerusalem

Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman briefs the Security Council at its meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe More>>

ALSO:

  • ITUC - Israel’s Settlement Expansion is an Outrage
  • World News: No To TPP Trade-Offs

    No to TPP Trade-Offs, Say Public Health, Fair Trade Activists at Sydney TPP Ministers’ Meeting More>>

    ALSO:

  • AFTINET - Fair Trade Group Calls for Release of TPP Text
  • Al Jazeera Interpol Rejects Egypt Request For Red Notice On Journalist

    Interpol, the international organisation for police cooperation, has rejected a request from Egypt to issue one of its red notices against Ahmed Mansour, an Al Jazeera journalist. More>>

    UN-Backed Study: Fruit Flies To Prompt Better Pest Controls

    Bactrocera dorsalis is causing “incalculable damage to horticultural industries and food security” across a swathe of countries in Asia, Africa, the Pacific and parts of South America. Photo: IAEA/Viwat Wornoayporn More>>


    ‘The Only Way To Stop Ebola Is At Its Source’ – UN Chief

    Girls in the city of Voinjama look at a poster that displays information and illustrations about how to prevent the spread of Ebola. Photo: UNICEF/2014/Liberia/Jallanzo More>>

    ALSO:

  • Christian World Service - CWS appeals for help to Stop Ebola
  • UN: Multi-Billion Dollar Horn Of Africa Pledge

    UN’s Ban, Global Leaders Join Forces in Multi-Billion Dollar Horn of Africa Pledge More>>


     
     
     
     
     
    World
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news