UNSC calls on S. Sudan to protect civilians from “alarming situation”

NEW YORK, March 17 (KUNA) — UN Security Council expressed deep alarm on Thursday at the deteriorating humanitarian situation in South Sudan, calling on the government to uphold its responsibility for the protection of civilians.
The Council regretted, in Presidential Statement, the failure of the parties to fully adhere to their commitments to implement the Agreement on Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan. In this regard, the Council called on both the Government of the Republic of South Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) to fully and immediately adhere to the permanent ceasefire in accordance with their obligations under the Agreement.
The statement also called on all other relevant actors extend their full cooperation to complete implementation of the of Juba security arrangements as decided by the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) Chair and agreed by the parties on February, 24, 2016.
The Security Council, led by Angola this month, underscored the pressing need for accountability for violations and abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law in South Sudan, including ongoing violations and abuses that have been reported since the Agreement was signed.
Reaffirming its unwavering support for the people of South Sudan, the 15-member body called on both the Government and the SPLM-IO to protect civilians and civilian facilities, including schools and hospitals, allow people to move freely, and allow in accordance with relevant provisions of international law and UN guiding principles of humanitarian assistance the full, safe, and unhindered humanitarian access to help ensure timely delivery of humanitarian assistance, to all those in need.
In South Sudan, the economic and humanitarian situation is deteriorating, with nearly 2.8 million people starving for food due to continued restrictions on aid delivery. (end) mao.gb