FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The United States is deeply disturbed that government and anti-government forces in South Sudan continue to violate the Cessation of Hostilities agreement, have failed to enter into an inclusive, political dialogue, and continue to jeopardize the security and economic stability of the people of South Sudan. In just over 100 days since this conflict began, the violence has forced one million people to flee their homes; millions more are in need of humanitarian assistance.
We condemn in the strongest possible terms the repeated attacks on and harassment of United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) personnel. Attacks against UN personnel involved in humanitarian assistance or peacekeeping are unacceptable and the perpetrators must be held accountable. All parties should regard UNMISS sites as inviolable and the work of UNMISS personnel should be respected, supported and protected as they carry out their critical mission of protecting civilians and facilitating the delivery of humanitarian assistance to those in need.
Today, President Obama signed an Executive Order that will provide the U.S. government with a flexible tool for imposing targeted sanctions on any person, including Government of South Sudan officials and opposition leaders, determined to be responsible for threating the peace in South Sudan, obstructing the Intergovernmental Authority for Development-led peace talks or reconciliation process, or responsible for the commission of human rights abuses in South Sudan. As this new E.O. clearly indicates, we firmly intend to hold accountable those bent on undermining a peaceful, political settlement of the crisis in South Sudan, and anyone who threatens the safety and well-being of civilians. We call on all parties to immediately halt the violence, meet their obligations under the Cessation of Hostilities agreement, and engage in inclusive, political dialogue.
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