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Peace first, human rights later, UNSC told

Author : mathya | Published: Friday, August 15, 2014

The Minister of Foreign Affairs has urged the UN Security Council to prioritize peace in South Sudan and address human rights issues later.

Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin spoke on his return from a meeting of the UN Security Council with the IGAD Council of Ministers in Nairobi.

Mr Marial says that South Sudan is ready to form a transitional government to make peace and reconciliation.

“South Sudan has put its point very clearly both to IGAD as well Security Council that we are for peace and that we are committed to finding peace as soon as possible,” said Dr Marial.

“The President of the Republic of South Sudan is ready for an all-inclusive transitional government that will bring all the people of South Sudan together and at the same time to make sure that reconciliation process among the people of south Sudan is enhanced.”

A delegation of the UN Security Council that visited Juba this week said it was disappointed that both parties have failed to set up a transitional government within sixty days.

The meeting of the IGAD Council of Ministers also recommended that tough actions should be taken against any party that hinders the peace dialogue in Addis Ababa.

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