UNITED NATIONS, June 25 (Xinhua) -- A report released on Monday by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said that those responsible for violence in South Sudan's Jonglei state should be brought to justice, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters here.
"The report calls for the prosecution of all those responsible for the violence," Nesirky said at a daily news briefing.
The report contained findings of an in-depth investigation into inter-communal violence that took place in Jonglei state in 2011 and early 2012.
Jonglei is the largest state of South Sudan, the world's newest nation, which gained its independence from Khartoum in July 2011. Jonglei has experienced fighting between the Lou Nuer, and Murle peoples, who have a history of conflict over cattle grazing lands and resources, as well as the Dinka ethnic group.
"The UN mission recorded 612 fatalities in the course of the attacks on Murle settlements and 276 deaths resulting from the attacks on the Lou Nuer and Dinka communities between Dec. 23 last year and Feb. 4 this year," said Nesirky. "In addition, children and women were abducted, tens of thousands of people were displaced and many homes were destroyed."
The spokesman said that UNMISS also "calls on the South Sudanese government to develop a comprehensive, multi-faceted plan for curbing violence in Jonglei and establishing a more protective environment for local residents."