US concerns about escalation of violence, calls for urgent action

US State Department Spokesman John Kirby. Photo: State Department/Getty Images
US State Department Spokesman John Kirby. Photo: State Department/Getty Images

Washington, DC/Juba, December 19, 2016 (SSNA) — The United States on Monday says it is troubled by the escalation of violence in South Sudan and calls on warring factions to stop the war, saying urgent action is needed to end the ongoing conflict..

In a statement released today, state department spokesman John Kirby said all parties to the conflict should cease fighting and join together to find a peaceful solution to the war.

Kirby criticizes both the government and the armed opposition, saying both sides committed terrible crimes.

“Both the government and the opposition are responsible for the horrific violence that has brought so much suffering to innocent civilians,” Kirby said in the statement.

Kirby states the US is troubled by mobilization of at least 4,000 government-militia, calls by opposition leaders to overthrow the government, and threat to attack the South Sudan’s capital, Juba.

The statement also accuses South Sudan warring factions of obstructing humanitarian access and impeding operations of the UN mission in South Sudan.

The US also calls on the international community to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan and threaten to punish those who “undermined peace and stability” of the young nation.

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