United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon (L), accompanied by Philippine foreign secretary Albert Del Rosario, speaks during a press conference in Makati City, the Philippines, on Dec. 22, 2013. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged all political, military and militia leaders to stop hostilities and end the violence against civilians at a press briefing in Philippines' capital region on Sunday. (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)
MANILA, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged all political, military and militia leaders to stop hostilities and end the violence against civilians at a press briefing in Philippines' capital region on Sunday.
"I have condemned, in the strongest possible terms, the outrageous attack in our base in Akobo on Dec. 19, where two United Nations peacekeepers were killed while protecting civilians who had taken refuge there," he said.
At least 20 civilians who sought refuge inside a UN base were killed during an attack which occurred in Akobo town, Jonglei State, on Thursday. Two Indian peacekeepers were confirmed dead, UN Mission in South Sudan said on Friday.
Ban Ki-Moon said he had called on President Salva Kiir of South Sudan and opposition political leaders, including former Vice President Riek Machar, to come to the table to find a political way out of this crisis.
They are responsible to the people of South Sudan to end the crisis and find the political means of addressing their differences, he added.
"I call on them to do everything in their power to ensure that their followers hear the message loud and clear that continued violence, ethnic and otherwise, is completely unacceptable and poses a dangerous threat to the future of their young country."
Ban made the remarks before talking about his tour to typhoon- hit areas in the Philippines as this was "a source of grave concern of the international community at this time" as he described.
The secretary-general arrived in the Philippines late Friday for a three-day visit. He toured on Saturday central Philippine city Tacloban, which bore the front of attack of super typhoon Haiyan.
UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese envoy to the UN on Friday called on all parties of South Sudan to take effective measures to stop violence, protect civilians and ensure the safety of personnel.
The UN Security Council has been watching closely on development of the situation in South Sudan and supported the efforts of the UN and the African Union which seek to reach a dialogue between all parties of the country to realize peaceful resolution, said Liu Jieyi, China's permanent representative to the UN, after the council's closed-door consultation on South Sudan. Full story
NAIROBI, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- Kenya's former prime minister Raila Odinga on Saturday proposed a neutral force to be deployed immediately to South Sudan to prevent further bloodshed in the world's youngest state.
"The world and the leaders must not fail the long suffering people of South Sudan," Odinga said in a statement nearly a week after violence broke out in Kenya's northwest neighbor. Full story
ADDIS ABABA, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) - - The African Union (AU) on Saturday called for an immediate truce in South Sudan, where fighting has been escalating for the past week.
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of AU Commission, is following with deep concern the escalation of the conflict in South Sudan, an AU statement said, warning that the confrontation is in danger of becoming an all-out civil war. Full story
KHARTOUM, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- South Sudan's army on Saturday said it was advancing under an air cover towards Jonglei state's strategic town of Bor that has been seized by forces loyal to a sacked vice president.
"The army is rapidly advancing towards Bor town, with an air cover of military helicopters," a military source in South Sudan told Xinhua by phone. Full story