Secretary-General’s statement on the outbreak of hostilities in Nassir, South Sudan – 20 July 2014

By | 21 July 2014

New York, 20 July 2014 – The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by today’s attack by SPLA In Opposition forces under the command of Riek Machar on Nassir, Upper Nile State, South Sudan. This is the first major attack since the Government and Mr. Machar recommitted to the Cessation of Hostilities agreement on 10 June 2014. It undermines ongoing intense regional and international political engagement toward a resumption of political negotiations and a peaceful resolution of the South Sudan conflict.

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The Secretary-General calls on Mr. Machar to cease immediately all offensive operations on Nassir and other points, and on the Government of South Sudan to desist from launching a counter-offensive. He reminds them of their obligations under international humanitarian law.

He warns the SPLM in Opposition leadership of the consequences should any innocent civilian or United Nations peacekeepers come under harm from their forces.

The Secretary-General calls on both parties to stop the violence immediately, reconvene political negotiations and demonstrate the political will necessary to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict.