UN CALLS ON ALL GROUPS IN SOUTH SUDAN TO WORK TOGETHER FOR PEACE

ADDIS ABABA,-- The United Nations has called on all actors in South Sudan to work together for a peace which will enable the young nation and its people to realize their hopes for a better future.

United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Co-ordinator Stephen O'Brien made the call Wednesday to the various South Sudan groups as well as the international community supporting the country.

"We all need to work together, fast and hard, to create peace," said O'Brien, who was speaking with UN Radio halfway through his three-day mission to South Sudan.

The humanitarian situation has worsened in South Sudan after renewed fighting broke out three weeks ago in and around the capital, Juba, between rival forces backing President Salva Kiir and First Vice-President Riek Machar.

O'Briuen underlined that people are compelled to make difficult choices and take incredible risks, such as having to flee their homes. He stressed that access for humanitarian workers and those on a humanitarian mission is a right that is guaranteed under international laws.

Attacks on humanitarian workers or facilities severely impact the availability of food and relief material for those in need as well as the ability of humanitarian workers to deliver such items to those desperately needing the support.

The top UN humanitarian official also underlined the importance of partnerships and coordination with the South Sudan Government and relief work personnel on the ground.

Conflict had severely restricted aid access in South Sudan, if not prohibited it altogether, in some instances, the UN official warned.

Source: Name News Network

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