The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is calling for an immediate end to fighting in and around Kai Gai, near the town of Leer in Unity State.
The Mission notes attacks reported on 28 November by pro-government forces and armed youth against a base run by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLM-IO). UNMISS can confirm that thousands of civilians have fled the affected areas and are currently seeking refuge in the town of Leer.
“I am very concerned about reports of young people being mobilized and military defections – which go against the very spirit of the Revitalized Peace Agreement,” said Mr. Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative to of the Secretary General and head of MISS. “This can destroy the trust and gains between the parties to the peace process and worsen the humanitarian situation in Unity State and the country,” he added.
The Mission calls on all parties to take immediate steps to deescalate hostilities and to resort to peaceful means to resolve any disputes.
UNMISS appreciates the efforts of state authorities who responded quickly to reduce tensions in the region.
UN peacekeepers have stepped up patrols in affected areas to defuse tensions and help local authorities restore security and calm. The Mission is also working with Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) officials and SPLM-IO political and military authorities across the state to ensure restraint and order.
Distributed by APO Group for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).