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UN calls for restraint as fighting escalates in South Sudan

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Chinese peacekeepers of UNMISS, patrol outside the premises of the UN Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Juba on October 4, 2016. (Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP Photo)

April 15, 2016 (JUBA) - The U.N mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has urged the warring parties to silence guns and demonstrate responsibility as violence escalates.

Moustapha Soumaré, the acting special representative of the Secretary-General, said peacekeepers are pushing for access to the conflict areas in order to protect civilians.

The U.N mission confirmed that there has been fighting between government troops (SPLA) and the opposition forces in Raga, located west of Waat in Jonglei state.

Soumaré said the Easter, the Christians’ holy festival period should symbolise reconciliation and rebirth of hope, calling on leaders from all sides to embrace peace.

"They must show restraint and demonstrate their responsibility to ensure the sanctity of life of all South Sudanese citizens," Soumaré said in a statement issued Saturday.

The UN has deployed in vital areas to protect civilians, despite the challenges they face. He, however, said there can be no military solution to the conflict, but "through a political solution."

“They must once and for all silence the guns, return to dialogue, reconcile their differences and bring the peace the South Sudanese people want and deserve," he stressed.

Fighting between armed forces loyal to ex-First Vice President Riek Machar and government surged recently, including the clashes in Eastern Equatoria state town bordering Uganda, Pajok and Wau in the north-west of the country.

Thousands of people have fled to Uganda from Pajok and 13,500 others were received at the UNMISS protection of civilians sites in Wau after the clashes.

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  • 16 April 00:04, by Mi diit

    Fake calls every now and then...I would only consider President Trump’s call.

    Viva!

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    • 16 April 08:33, by Garang Akeen

      Mitot, you are joking, don,t play with fire please, call Trump help, do you thinks Trump is assosicated with terrorist? Big no

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      • 16 April 16:29, by Mi diit

        Garang Akeen,

        Go back to school and come back online. I need educated Dinkas in the like of Rommel.

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  • 16 April 08:23, by Garang Akeen

    YOU, UN although you know that very well rebel are attacking gov,t position, you still talking of warring parties, you don,t know how to point your figur to party who mistaken. Look now gov,t is calling for dialogue and rebel are calling war to topple gov,t shame on you UN.

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  • 16 April 12:27, by lino

    If the government didn’t respect the Birthday of Christ in 2013, how comes they will accept his crucifixion at this moment.
    Trying to isolate an armed partner to peace agreement is not fun, and region as well as the US must be blamed for it. Now the war will longer as other rebellions sparked through out SS!!!

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