Ban calls for expediting efforts on formation of interim government in S. Sudan

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Addis Ababa, 20 June 2014 (WIC) - The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, called on Salva Kiir, President of the Republic of South Sudan (RSS), and Dr. Riek Machar, former Vice President of the RSS and leader of the SPLM/A-In Opposition to expedite the process of forming a transitional government of national unity.

In his address to the press in Geneva, he expressed his concern over the dire situation in South Sudan, demanding that both parties must live up to their commitments and comply with the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement signed in Addis Ababa.

He also stressed that commitments made at donor conference in Oslo ought to be “translated into funding to save lives now” and avert the looming humanitarian crisis.

During the 26th IGAD’s Extra-Ordinary Summit (June10), both President Kirr and Dr. Machar recommitted to stop the war, engage in the peace process, provide unimpeded humanitarian corridors to affected population as well as hasten and finalize a genuine and inclusive dialogue on the formation of a transitional government of national unity within sixty days. (MoFA)

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