United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned an attempt on Sunday by senior members of South Sudan’s Government and army to forcibly enter into the United Nations compound in Bor.

The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has been providing protection for nearly 70,000 civilians at its bases, sheltering from the ongoing violence in the country.

The Secretary-General condemned the threats made against UN personnel saying he is particularly disturbed that United Nations staff were threatened by South Sudan military when they refused to allow armed soldiers to accompany civilians to visit the UNMISS protection site today.”

He demanded “all parties to the conflict respect the sanctity of UNMISS protection sites.”

The spokesperson of the Secretary-General referred to the incident as one of a growing number of violations of the Status of Forces Agreement, making it increasingly difficult for UNMISS to implement its mandate and dangerous for UN staff working in South Sudan.

Ban has called on the parties and their respective leaders to do far more to ensure that fighters under their command protect civilians and respect international humanitarian law.

“They should also immediately cease hostilities, which have had such a devastating impact on their young country.”

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