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Towards a genocide in South Sudan? EU special representative sounds the alarm

Peacekeepers from the UNMISS mission during the commemorations of the Rwanda genocide on April 7, 2014. (UNMISS)
UNMISS peacekeepers at Rwanda genocide commemorations in South Sudan on April 7, 2014. (UNMISS)

(BRUSSELS2) “All the ingredients leading to genocide are there” says Alexander Rondos, special representative of the European Union for the Horn of Africa in a press release received by B2. The situation in South Sudan has “ reached such a level that the priority now is to stop the escalation of violence » he assures. “This crisis risks becoming an ethnic conflict, with hundreds of thousands of people fleeing into ethnic blocs afraid of being targeted in what is becoming a widespread and constant systematic massacre”.

A call for dialogue 

EU special representative calls on rebel leader Riek Machar and President Salva Kirr to meet soon » under the auspices of IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development – ​​which brings together seven countries in eastern Africa) and to “all gestures to change the atmosphere in the country, (…) stop all fighting and cease all military offenses”.

IGAD ready to provide force 

  IGAD is ready to “to provide a force that can move quickly and with components separated, to deter people from fighting and to protect people, to assist in the event that the cessation of hostilities is violated says the special representative. He is certain of it. The international community will act in support. “The international community and some of their neighbors will not tolerate this state of affairs for long. »  He takes as an example the vote by the UN to increase the UNMISS peacekeeping force to 12.500 soldiers.

(Loreline Merelle)

Loreline Merelle

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