US Envoy: South Sudan Gov’t the Beneficiary to a Divided UNSC
April 27, 2017 (Nyamilepedia) —— The United States Ambassador Nikki Haley issued a strong statement, during the session of the United Nations Security Council in New York on the current crisis of South Sudan, that the beneficiary to the inaction of the UNSC is the government of South Sudan. In a statement extended to Nyamilepedia, Amb. Haley urges her colleagues that this is not the time to put up with the government of South Sudan, and there is a need to support David Shearer, the UNMISS chief.
“If you truly appreciate the work Mr. Shearer is doing, if you truly care for the people of South Sudan, then we must tell the South Sudanese government that we are not going to put up with this anymore. If you care about the leadership of this Security Council, we should not allow a Presidential Statement to be totally ignored. And the person that’s benefitting from the division of this Council is the South Sudanese government,” reads part of her statement.
The United States envoy stated that President Salva Kiir did not abide by his previous statement, issued to IGAD member countries one month ago that, to announce a unilateral ceasefire, that the troops of South Sudan government should return to their barracks.
The envoy highlighted the frustration of the humanitarian work in South Sudan saying the relief workers are still harassed, detained or killed; the humanitarian workers killed in South Sudan since the war broke out in December 2013 reached to 83 in total.
“We must see a dramatic change in the treatment of humanitarian workers in South Sudan. Since the outbreak of the civil war in December 2013, we’ve all said 83 humanitarian workers have been killed. On April 10, Peter Alex, a World Food Program aid worker, was detained. The government should heed calls for his release. Moreover, the government must cease obstructions to humanitarian assistance,” she continued.
Amb. Haley urges the leaders of South Sudan to work for peace. The UNSC should not continue on this path when the leaders of South Sudan are not willing to put their people ahead of personal and political self-interest. Our requests have been considered and ignored. So if you want them to continue to harass the people of South Sudan, if you want to continue to see starvation in South Sudan, doing nothing is exactly what you need to keep doing. But if we’re going to stop it, and if we’re really going to truly say we want to help the people of South Sudan, that’s not about dialogue. That’s not about hope. That’s not about wishes. That’s about action, and I call on this Security Council to act, she empathized her position to UNSC.