Security Council press statement on Malakal, South Sudan
The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms all attacks and provocations against civilians and the United Nations by armed actors, including SPLA soldiers, and reminded all parties, including government security forces, of the civilian character of the protection of civilian sites in South Sudan. The members of the Security Council called for calm by all sides and to refrain from additional fighting, acts of violence, and further provocations. They called on the Government of the Republic of South Sudan to swiftly investigate this attack, with the assistance of UNMISS, and bring the perpetrators to justice. They stressed that it is the responsibility of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan to hold those responsible for the attack accountable.
The members of the Security Council stressed that attacks against civilians and UN premises may constitute war crimes, and those involved could be potentially subject to sanctions as authorized under resolution 2206 for actions that threaten the peace, security or stability of South Sudan.
The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support for UNMISS, as mandated by the Security Council in resolution 2252 (2015), and urged all parties to facilitate UNMISS’ freedom of movement and access.
The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences and sympathy to the families of those who were killed as a result of the violence.
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