UN Security Council weighs trip to Sudan, South Sudan


UNITED NATIONS, United States: The UN Security Council is considering a visit this month to Sudan and South Sudan to push for a return to peace efforts after a flare up of violence in Juba, the council president said on Monday (Tuesday in Manila). Malaysia’s Ambassador Ramlan bin Ibrahim said a final decision on whether to go ahead with the visit will hinge on a security assessment. “The intention is (to visit) Sudan and South Sudan if the security situation enables us to undertake a visit,” the ambassador told reporters. “The situation in Juba has deteriorated and I think that the council visit could be very helpful in terms of implementing the peace agreement,” he said. Juba was rocked by several days of heavy fighting in early July between government forces and those loyal to rebel chief Riek Machar, the latest upsurge in the two and half year war. Machar signed a peace deal with President Salva Kiir in August last year that has failed to take hold.



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