UN: UN chief tasks South Sudanese leaders on peace, stability

New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged South Sudanese political rivals, President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar, to resolve their differences and move towards a lasting peace ahead of an impending mediation deadline.

In a statement issued in New York, Ban strongly urged Mr. Kiir and Mr. Machar to show leadership and put the well-being of South Sudanese ahead of all other interests.

He said the two leaders should work to make the necessary compromises to conclude a power-sharing agreement that paves the way for a comprehensive settlement of the conflict in
South Sudan.

He also commended and supported the regional efforts facilitating the negotiation process, and reminded both parties that the best way to avoid the enactment of actual sanctions by the UN Security Council, would be to "strictly adhere" to the Cessation of Hostilities agreement of 23 January 2014, and fully comply with International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.

Ban also urged the parties to extend their full cooperation to the UN and humanitarian personnel in the discharge of their mandates and duties, and conclude a Comprehensive Peace Agreement that places South Sudan back on the path to stability and prosperity.

PANA in New York reports that the UN chief's appeal comes just days before a 5 March deadline set by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) for the conclusion of negotiations between the two parties.

The secretary-general also stated that he took note of the unanimous UN Security Council
resolution adopted on Tuesday, establishing a sanctions regime on South Sudanese officials
blocking peace efforts in the country.

The move is the UN body's latest step towards ending a conflict that has killed thousands in
the world's newest country.

The resolution voiced deep concern at the "failures" of both parties to engage in a palpable
peace process which would lead to political resolve and bring an end to the violence.

It also underscored the Council's willingness to impose targeted sanctions in order to support
the search for peace.

While no listings were made, the resolution sets out a series of listing criteria, the Council
noted that the sanctions are expected to apply to those responsible for, complicit in, or
engaged directly or indirectly in actions or policies threatening the peace,security or stability
of South Sudan.
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04 march 2015 17:25:57

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