Jonglei State Declared Humanitarian Disaster Area

The national Council of Ministers held an extraordinary meeting on Wednesday 4th January 2012 under the chairmanship of the President Salva Kiir Mayardit to discuss two serious agendas: the insecurity situation in Jonglei State and issues of exporting Oil of South Sudan.

Jonglei State Declared Humanitarian Disaster Area
The Council of Ministers meeting in progress [©Thomas Kenneth]

JUBA, 6th January 2012 – The national Council of Ministers held an extraordinary meeting on Wednesday 4th January 2012 under the chairmanship of the President Salva Kiir Mayardit to discuss two serious agendas: the insecurity situation in Jonglei State and issues of exporting Oil of South Sudan.

According to the minister for Information and Broadcasting who is the official spokesman of the government Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, the council resolved to declare Jonglei State as a disaster area in terms of humanitarian affairs.

He further said the council asked all the international relief agencies including the UN agencies to take an urgent humanitarian assistance to the Lou Nuer, the Murle and other affected areas in the State.

Dr. Marial also said the council resolved to deploy more forces in the State to guarantee full security in the area and a concurrent disarmament to be carried out in all parts of the State.

The council resolved to establish a high level committee to bring reconciliation among the two ethnic communities of Lou Nuer and Murle as they also considered issues of infrastructure in the State.

Dr. Marial also said the council of ministers directed the two ethnic groups to return all the abducted women and children of the both sides and reunite them with their communities. The council has confirmed that the national forces are now in a full control of Pibor.

The council also discussed some issues facing the oil export from South Sudan and resolved that South Sudan government should build its alternative pipeline and refinery to supply the national needs of the new nation as well as the need of the neighboring countries.
 

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