Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Ban suggests to UNSC consider special tribunal for S. Sudan  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) - 13/05/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Monday urged the Security Council to consider establishing a special tribunal to prosecute the violators of crimes against humanity committed in South Sudan.

"There must be justice and accountability ... There are reasonable grounds to believe that crimes against humanity have been committed. A special or hybrid tribunal with international involvement should be considered," Ban told Council following his trip to the country last week.

He called on the two leaders to recommit to inclusive nation-building that involves all political leaders and civil society. "That means addressing the root causes of the conflict. They must cease a senseless power struggle and restore the sense of national unity that prevailed at the time of independence," he said.

"Political dialogue is the only answer. Now the onus is on both South Sudanese leaders to accelerate the momentum for peace," he added.

In Juba, Ban sounded the alarm about the violence and the risk of catastrophic famine, and urged President Salva Kiir to step back from the destructive path they are on. He conveyed the same message by phone to former Vice President Riek Machar.

"My message to both leaders was clear: they must work together to heal the wounds they have opened," he stressed.

Since then, the rival leaders signed an agreement in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, last week.

If the conflict continues, he warned, half of South Sudan's 12 million people will either be displaced internally, refugees abroad, starving or dead by the year's end.

Ban said he visited in Juba the Tomping protection center, hosting some 20,000 people. "I was moved by their welcome and appalled at the conditions they are having to endure, which are worse than in any of the many refugee camps I have visited around the world, including those in Syria," he noted.

There are more than 80,000 people living in shelters provided by the UN Mission in South Sudan and UN agencies throughout the country.

"This is not a long-term solution. This is an entirely man-made calamity and it needs the engagement of all actors to change course," he urged.

He stressed that the fight must end immediately and people need to be able to go back to their land to plant and tend their crops in peace, warning that if this planting window is missed, there will be a real risk of famine.

"That is why we are calling for 30 days of tranquility backed by both sides. I am troubled by the accusations by both sides of breaches of the ceasefire already, and I urge maximum restraint by all parties," he urged.

Ban also called on both sides to allow humanitarian access- by air, by road and, in particular, by barge along the Nile. "Attacks on the UN and the humanitarian community are unacceptable. They must cease immediately, and all parties should respect international human rights and humanitarian law," he urged.

He appealed to the international community to support humanitarian action, recalling that the humanitarian community is USD 781 million short of the USD 1.27 billion that is needed by the middle of this year, and urged all countries to support the forthcoming donor conference on South Sudan to be co-hosted by the UN and Norway on May 20.

A political crisis erupted in the country on December 15 when President Kiir, supported by government forces loyal to his Dinka tribe, accused his rival Machar, supported by troops loyal to the Nuer tribe, of staging an attempted coup. Fighting between the two tribes subsequently picked up pace.

The crisis resulted in thousands of deaths and over a million of internally displaced persons and refugees.

 


Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)




  MENA News Headlines
 Jul 4 2015 - Chan hits winner as Rain or Shine levels series at 1 1Arab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) MANILA: You rarely hear Yeng Guiao talk this way. 'Only God can turn out a script write a story this way' Guiao said on Saturday night moments after his Rain or Shine crew ...

 Jul 4 2015 - Dixon shines as Highlanders storm to first Super Rugby titleArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) WELLINGTON: Elliot Dixon scored one try and set up another for Waisake Naholo as the Otago Highlanders beat the Wellington Hurricanes 21-14 to claim a first Super Rugby title on ...

 Jul 4 2015 - Show of unity: Joint prayers held in Kuwait and BahrainArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait deployed unprecedented security measures around mosques for Friday prayers following last week's deadly bombing as the emir attended a rare Shiite-Sunni joint ...

 Jul 4 2015 - Daesh video shows mass execution in Syria's PalmyraArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) BEIRUT Lebanon: The Daesh group on Saturday released a video showing several dozen Syrian government soldiers being executed by teenagers in the ancient amphitheater in the city ...

 Jul 4 2015 - 105 pilgrims rescuedArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) RIYADH: The Civil Defense has rescued 105 pilgrims trapped in vehicles and buildings for various reasons since the start of Ramadan. During the first 10 days of the month it ...

 Jul 4 2015 - Sissi rallies troops after Daesh attacks in SinaiArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) CAIRO: Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi traveled to the troubled northern part of the Sinai Peninsula to inspect troops on Saturday after Daesh-linked militants struck a ...

 Jul 4 2015 - Saudi equity market cap exceeds SR2 trillion in first halfArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) JEDDAH: The Saudi stock market fell in the first half of this year. At the end of the first half 2015 Tadawul All-Share Index (TASI) closed at 9086.89 down 426.13 points or 4.48 ...

 Jul 4 2015 - Petrolimex and KPC end diesel term contractArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) SINGAPORE: Vietnam's top fuel importer Petrolimex and Kuwait Petroleum Corp. (KPC) have ended their long-standing diesel term contract that dates back to the 1990s since imports ...

 Jul 4 2015 - Dubai airport passenger traffic up 23.2 percentArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) DUBAI: Dubai International Airport recorded a 23.2 percent jump in passenger traffic in May reflecting runway maintenance a year earlier the operator of the world's busiest ...

 Jul 4 2015 - Bieber wows fans by climbing up a treeArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) SYDNEY: Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin were spotted walking through Sydney's Olympic Park in Homebush recently. And it didn't take long for Bieber who was on his way to the ...

more...


 






Google

Click to Apply

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help