Both the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda said on Saturday that they are “deeply concerned” about a recent increase in violence in South Sudan and that they continue to believe in the need for a political solution inside the country.
Ban Ki-moon met in Kigali with President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. Both Ban and Kagame expressed deep concern at the recent escalation of violence in South Sudan, its impact on the civilian population and consequences for the peace process.
“The Secretary-General voiced his deep concern and disappointment over the recent fighting in Juba and in other locations, further aggravating an already dire humanitarian situation and compromising the implementation of the agreement for the resolution of the conflict in South Sudan.
The UN boss expressed outrage at the untold suffering inflicted upon the people of South Sudan,” said a statement released by Mr. Ban’s office. The UN boss commended President Kagame for his leadership and the progress made in Rwanda, as well as for hosting the AU Summit, during his meeting with Kagame Ban expressed appreciation for Rwanda’s contribution to UN peacekeeping, including in the Central African Republic, Darfur, Sudan and South Sudan.
The Secretary-General urged South Sudan President Salva Kiir and First Vice-President Riek Machar to show “true leadership and to live up to the aspirations of their people to peace and security.”
He also underlined the need for the parties to uphold the cessation of hostilities and to resume dialogue as the only way to sustainably address the crisis in their country, and called on the South Sudanese stakeholders to agree on practical steps to demilitarize Juba.
The Secretary-General and the President also exchanged views on other regional issues, including the situation in Burundi. The Secretary-General expressed appreciation to Rwanda for hosting thousands of Burundian refugees.
In addition, the Secretary-General also expressed hope that Rwanda would ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change before the end of the year.
The Secretary-General also praised the efforts being deployed by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the AU to address the prevailing situation in South Sudan and facilitate the implementation of the peace agreement, according to a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s office.