UN mission chief urges South Sudanese government to bring its soldiers under control

Special Representative David Shearer heads UNMISS has stated a Nepalese peacekeeper had got shot and wounded by a soldier of the government and he was part of a convoy which was travelling near the town of Yei in Central Equatoria.

A SPLA soldier of the government had started to shoot in the air near the UNMISS convoy consisting of four vehicles which included two water tankers. Then the soldier directly shot at one of the vehicles which hit the Nepalese peacekeeper in his leg who ran off into the crowd. The troops did not return fire as they did not want to injure civilians. He was evacuated to the base of the UN and was airlifted to Juba for more medical treatment.

Mr. Shearer said that this direct attack on UN peacekeepers is unacceptable. The perpetrator needs to be found out and be held accountable by the Government authorities.

He added that this situation is an evidence that the lack of command of the armed forces has caused in making these unruly elements who keep on committing the human rights abuses in the region.

The attacks follow the reports of new clashes between the government and the opposition forces in the area which surrounds the Kajo-Keji in Central Equatoria. The Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) has stated that these alleged violations of the agreement of ceasefire in the area are being investigated by them. Before wounding the peacekeeper, the Government soldiers fired around 50 shots, approximately 500 metres from the base of the UN in Yei.

President Salva Kiir had shook hands with his longtime rival and former VP Riek Machar in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. This raised hopes that despite the unsuccessful agreements in the last three years, a long-term peace process could be achieved at the youngest country of the world.

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