Ban Ki-moon Calls For Demilitarization Of Juba

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In a meeting in Kigale, Rwanda, on Friday, with South Sudanese government officials, Ban Ki-moon also called on the leadership of the new country not to further escalate fighting across the country.

The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon has called on the South Sudanese peace partners and the warring parties to ensure that Juba is demilitarized in order to avoid the country returning to violence in the capital.
In a meeting in Kigale, Rwanda, on Friday with South Sudanese government officials, Ban Ki Moon also called on the leadership of the new country not to further escalate fighting across the country.
In a statement released by his office on Friday, the UN Secretary General also called on the government to stop targeting United Nations personnel and premises or their properties.
He also threatened further sanctions targeting individuals seen to be obstructing implementation of the August 2015 peace agreement signed by President Salva Kiir and opposition leader, Riek Machar.
The UN chief said the new sanctions would include arms embargo to be imposed on South Sudan, adding that he had already recommended this action to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
He made the comments while meeting President Kiir's Special Envoy, Nhial Deng Nhial, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Deng Alor Kuol, where he urged the leaders to promote dialogue rather than violence.
The Secretary-General urged President Salva Kiir and 1st Vice-President Riek Machar to show true leadership and to live up to the aspirations of their people to peace and security.
He underlined the need for the parties to uphold the cessation of hostilities and to resume dialogue as the only way to address the crisis in their country.
According to the statement, the Secretary-General called on the South Sudanese stakeholders to agree on practical steps to demilitarize Juba.
He strongly condemned the impediments to the freedom of movement and attacks against United Nations staff, assets and premises. He called on South Sudan to provide full security and access to the United Nations and to its Peacekeeping Mission.
Before heading to meet with the officials in Rwanda, Kimoon paid visit to wounded UN soldiers in their base at Entebbe International Airport. While in Ugandan, he also emphasized the gravity of the situation and expressed hope that the leaders would bear greater responsibility for their people. Ends


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Ronald Batre
Ronald Batre is so passionate about journalism that he did not wait to finish school before he started his career. This is how he started with Radio Paidha, The West Niler, Daily Monitor newspapers and later with Radio Pacis as Assistant News Editor.

To be allowed to practice his passion, Batre had struck a deal with his parents. He would complete his education. He kept his word and went through school while suporting himself with his journalism.

Entering the workplace so young attuned Batre to the plight of the youth and those who seek employment. Apart from that, he is interested in reporting about politics, local government, business and the environment. A witness to some of the destructive impact of the Lord's Resistance Army rebellion in northern Uganda, Batre is interested in reporting about peace building efforts too.

Uganda Radio Network's former Gulu bureau chief, Batre is now based in Kampala. He is URN's main politics correspondent. He has been a URN staff member since 2009.