NEW YORK, APRIL 25 – The situation in South Sudan is continuing to deteriorate. With only few days left until the deadline of April 30 set by a Security Council Presidential Statement, no concrete action is there to be seen. Speaking in the Council after a briefing of the UN Special Representative David Shearer, Italy endorsed the five points of the March 23 Council on the crisis in the youngest member state of the United Nations: immediate ceasefire, access for humanitarian aid, support for the UN mediation efforts, Regional Protection Force deployment and the end of attacks on humanitarian personnel.
“The Peace Agreement keeps being violated, fighting widens in the country and the National Dialogue is not taking place”, the Italian permanent Representative Sebastiano Cardi told the Council, adding that “South Sudanese women and children are the first victims of this non compliance. The tragedy is driven by human rights violations, the use of child soldiers, sexual and gender-based violence as a war tactic, and the impunity guaranteed by the delay in establishing an Hybrid Court”.
“There cannot be any peace without accountability”, Cardi said giving Italy’s support to the shuttle-diplomacy of Special Representative Alpha Donare’ with the assistance of Special Representative Shearer, Special Envoy Hayson, President Mogae, and IGAD: “We call on all regional shareholders to act in unity and without further delay so that the parts may cease hostilities”, he concluded. (@alebal)