Lieutenant Commander Ashraf Siddiqui of Bangladesh, a UN peacekeeper, was killed on Tuesday, June 26th when a U.N. convoy was attacked. This situation happening in South Sudan is among the most serious in the world.
The Representative to Cote d’Ivoire stated how alarmed they were with the persistent inter-ethnic violence. It is important that we encourage the government to ensure the security and well-being of the people. It is the Security Council’s duty to condemn attacks against humanitarian workers. This can be achieved through an establishment of a joint tribunal. Above all, the Security Council must be eager to be a part of the process, not just cast blame. Protection of civilian and human rights is key in all efforts of peace. It is up to the South Sudanese leaders to see to it that those who have committed this horrific war crime be brought to justice.
The Representative of South Sudan addressed the council by saying that last month there was light at the end of the peace tunnel. Today, he reported that the light is much brighter. On today, June 28th, 2018, South Sudan is pleased to report that positive news from Khartoum has come from this senseless tragedy. Last night, awarding parties in South Sudan have signed a declaration of peace in which they have pledged to bring peace to people of South Sudan. This document is a framework of peace and proof that through dialogue and diplomacy, any conflict can be resolved.
Meeting: The Situation in South Sudan
Date/Location: Thursday 28th June 2018; 10:00 to 13:00; Security Council Chamber; UN Headquarters, New York, NY.
Ms. Bintou Keita, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations
Representative of Cote d’Ivoire
Representative of South Sudan
Written By: WIT Representative Esmeralda Abdourazak