International partners to the peace process in South Sudan on Sunday called for urgent action to resolve violence in Tambura, the Western Equatoria region, which has displaced more than 80,000 people.
A joint delegation of international partners that visited Tambura also called for an immediate cessation of hostilities and welcomed the Presidency’s decision to investigate recent events through a Joint Defense Board team.
“The delegation appeals to local authorities and community leaders to ensure the safety and security of humanitarian workers so that life-saving assistance can resume in earnest,” the partners said in a joint statement issued in Juba.
The delegation included representatives from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, the Reconstituted Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission, and the UN Mission in South Sudan, and envoys from countries including Ethiopia, Kenya, and Norway.
The current conflict in the Western Equatoria region erupted in June.
The joint delegation visited Tambura on Saturday to encourage peaceful solutions to the conflict that has led to the killing and injuring of civilians, displacements, destruction of private and public property, and the suspension of humanitarian operations.
The partners warned that unless urgent action is taken by the unity government to end the fighting, there is an imminent risk that further escalation will endanger vulnerable populations, exacerbate the dire humanitarian situation, and threaten successful implementation of the 2018 revitalized agreement on the resolution of the conflict in South Sudan. Enditem