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U.S. evacuates citizens from South Sudan's conflict zone

English.news.cn   2013-12-23 05:59:49            
 • The United States on Sunday evacuated its citizens from Bor after a failed attempt a day earlier.
 • Psaki said some 380 US officials, citizens and about 300 citizens of other countries have been airlifted.
 • Steps were taken to ensure "fighting factions were aware these flights were a humanitarian mission."


WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- The United States on Sunday evacuated its citizens from Bor, the capital of South Sudan's Jonglei state engulfed in armed conflicts, after a failed attempt a day earlier.

American citizens and nationals from U.S. partner nations were lifted from Bor to Juba, South Sudan's capital, on UN and U.S. civilian helicopters, State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said in a statement.

She said steps were taken to ensure "fighting factions were aware these flights were a humanitarian mission."

Washington was forced to give up an evacuation effort on Saturday, after a U.S. military aircraft sent in to airlift Americans came under fire with four soldiers wounded.

Psaki said some 380 U.S. officials and citizens as well as about 300 citizens of other countries have been airlifted so far to Nairobi of Kenya and other places on four chartered flights and five military aircraft.

U.S. President Barack Obama warned on Thursday that South Sudan, which won independence from Sudan in July 2011, "stands at the precipice" of sliding back into a civil war.

Fighting broke out in Juba on Dec. 15 between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar, who was removed from office in July. Armed conflicts are spilling over to other parts of the country and setting off reportedly ethnic violence.

Obama deployed 45 U.S. troops to South Sudan on Wednesday to protect American citizens and property.


Obama calls for peaceful negotiations to resolve conflict in South Sudan

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Saturday urged factions in South Sudan to resolve conflict through peaceful negotiations, warning the use of force to seize power would lead to the end of support from the U.S. and international community.

Obama, who is vacationing in Hawaii, was briefed on Air Force One Friday night on the status of four American soldiers who were wounded during an evacuation operation in South Sudan, the White House said in a statement.Full story

China urges South Sudan parties to ensure personnel safety

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

Kenya's ex-PM proposes neutral force to curb S. Sudan crisis

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

AU calls for immediate truce in S. Sudan

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

South Sudan army advances to tribe forces-held town

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


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