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South Sudan assures UN of the safety of personnel


KHATOUM – The South Sudan delegation to the European Union-Africa summit in Brussels on Wednesday assured, Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General, of the safety of its personnel serving in its mission in the country.

Ban, who received the government delegation led by Awan Guol Riak, Minister in the Office of the President, said he was encouraged by the message brought by the delegation.

The assurance follows complaints that members of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) are being harassed and their activities inhibited by Juba government.

Ban expressed concern over the situation in South Sudan, and underlined the readiness of the UN to do all within its powers to end the violence.

He also promised to promote peace and reconciliation as well as human rights and accountability.

The secretary-general stressed the importance of preventing incidents of harassment against UN personnel.

On Tuesday, UNAMISS complained of repeated harassment against its personnel both local and international operating within the mission in Juba, including the denial to passage, body and vehicle search and verbal assaults. (PANA/NAN)

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