Statement On Cessation of Hostilities Signing and Ongoing Threats Against the UN Mission in South Sudan

Samantha Power
U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations 
New York, NY
January 23, 2014




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Today’s signing of a cessation of hostilities between the Government of South Sudan and the opposition forces is a first step in the right direction. More innocent lives are being lost every day this conflict goes on. We call on both parties to abide by the cessation of hostilities agreement, cooperate on addressing root causes of the conflict, and create a safe space for the kind of political dialogue needed to bring about stability for the people of South Sudan.

The UN has a long history of supporting the well-bring of the people of South Sudan. It is for that reason that the United States strongly condemns recent attacks on and threats against the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), including the attempt by Sudan People's Liberation Army forces and senior South Sudanese government officials to forcibly enter the UN compound in Bor.

Attacks on and threats against the United Nations are unacceptable and must cease immediately. All parties must cooperate fully with UNMISS and allow it to carry out its mandate without obstruction, and South Sudan must meet its obligations under the Status of Forces Agreement with UNMISS. Those who have fired on UN peacekeeping bases, raided UN and NGO offices and warehouses, and killed those delivering humanitarian assistance must be held to account.

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PRN: 2014/004