South Sudan genocide risk ‘considerably diminished’ : UN head
The risk of genocide in South Sudan has “considerably diminished” though much fighting there continues, the United Nations secretary-general said on Wednesday.
Antonio Guterres made the comment in response to a reporter’s question about a new UN report saying warning signs for genocide are in place in South Sudan.
The report by the UN Commission on Human Rights into South Sudan describes deliberate starvation and bombardment of civilians, as well as the use of hate speech by top officials including President Salva Kiir.
“We still have many incidents taking place, many fighting taking place … but the risks of genocide have considerably diminished,” Guterres said.
The UN chief said the UN, African Union and the regional block IGAD have a common strategy to lessen the violence in South Sudan and start an all-inclusive dialogue.
He gave no details.
Previous attempts at peace, under pressure from the international community, have failed, and a number of South Sudan government and military officials recently resigned while warning of ethnic abuses.