European, Canada and Japan Reps Statement On Malakal Attacks

"...while awaiting the outcome of the formal investigation by CTSAMM, call on the Government of South Sudan to investigate and respond to credible reports that its forces were involved in these attacks, which may constitute war crimes".

  Delegation of the European Union to South Sudan

 19th Feb 2016

JOINT LOCAL STATEMENT ON VIOLENT INCIDENTS IN POC of MALAKAL

The European Union Delegation, the Heads of Mission of Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, The United Kingdom and the Heads of Mission of Canada, Japan and Switzerland issue the following statement in South Sudan:

The Heads of Mission condemn the outrageous attacks on civilians that occurred starting Wednesday within the United Nations’ Protection of Civilians site in Malakal, South Sudan, carried out by elements that are still to be determined. These attacks killed at least 18 civilians, including two humanitarian workers, wounded ninety and led more than 25000 to flee their shelters to secure areas off the site.

The Heads of Mission, while awaiting the outcome of the formal investigation by CTSAMM, call on the Government of South Sudan to investigate and respond to credible reports that its forces were involved in these attacks, which may constitute war crimes. They further urge all forces in the vicinity to exercise restraint and refrain from any activity that could risk escalating the situation.

The Heads of Mission express their unwavering support for UNMISS especially in its vital role of protecting civilians in South Sudan, not least some 200,000 within its compounds, and for the humanitarian organizations that courageously continue to provide life-saving services in extremely dangerous circumstances.

For Media Contact:

Francis Apiliga Lagu, Press and information Officer

Francis-Apiliga.LAGU@eeas.europa.eu

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