Title: UN calls on all conflict parties in South Sudan to respect their ceasefire commitments
Author: SudaneseOnline News
Date: 11-22-2014, 03:50 PM
Khartoum-SudaneseOnline-UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric called on all parties to the conflict in South Sudan to respect their ceasefire commitments, urging the international community to continue providing support to enable humanitarians to scale up and expand critical aid operations,
Kyung-Wha Kang, the UN assistant secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, said: "The level of violence experienced by civilians in South Sudan has been devastating. I was here a year ago and I am heartbroken to see that the promising young country that I saw is suffering so greatly."
"The scale of the needs is great," she said. "However much we scale up our operations, we will never be able to do enough if the conflict continues to destroy lives and livelihoods. All parties to the conflict must show leadership and bring peace to this country."
During her visit, Kang visited communities affected by the crisis in Juba and Jonglei State. She met with government representatives and humanitarian partners to discuss ways of improving access and strengthening protection of civilians, Dujarric said.
She urged parties to respect international humanitarian and human rights laws that clearly call for the protection of civilians and unhindered humanitarian access to people in need.