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South Sudan: UN Condemns S. Sudan Army Attempts to Forcefully Enter Compound
Ban-Ki-Moon Slams Threats Against UN Personnel In South Sudan
"Ban is alarmed at the attempt today by senior members of the South Sudan government and army to force entry into the civilian protection site at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)'s compound in Bor," said a statement issued by Ban's spokesperson.
UNMISS has been providing protection for nearly 70,000 civilians at its bases including in Bor in Jonglei state since conflict erupted in the world's youngest country over a month ago, Xinhua news agency reported.
The statement said Ban is especially disturbed that UN staff were threatened by the South Sudan military after they refused to allow armed soldiers to accompany civilians to visit the UNMISS protection site.
Ban said Sunday's incident is just one of a growing number of violations of the Status of Forces Agreement, making it increasingly difficult for UNMISS to implement its mandate and highly risky for UN staff working in South Sudan.
"The secretary-general calls on the parties and their respective leaders to do far more to ensure that fighters under their command protect civilians and respect international humanitarian law," the statement said.
On Saturday, the South Sudan army said it had recaptured the strategic town of Bor held by rebels loyal to former vice-President Riek Machar.
Since mid-December, South Sudan has witnessed clashes between two military factions -- one descending from the Dinka tribe to which South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit belongs and the other from the Nuer tribe to which Machar belongs.
Clashes have left more than 1,000 people dead and nearly 500,000 civilians displaced.