New York/Juba, November 21,2016 (SSNA) — In his speech to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), British Ambassador to the United Nations Matthew Rycroft calls on the 15-member council to act, saying ethnic tensions have reached “breaking point.”
“South Sudan is deteriorating before our very eyes. Ethnic tensions have reached breaking point; the humanitarian situation now rivals the worst on the African continent,” Rycroft said.
“First and foremost, we need to recognise that this is no ordinary civil war. We just cannot stay silent in the face such tragedy, he warned.
The ambassador also calls for immediate end to hate speech and incitement, adding that situation in South Sudan is “grim.”
Rycroft asked the Council to adopt recommendations from the UN special adviser on the prevention of genocide Adama Dieng and head of UN mission in South Sudan Ellen Løj. He also reminds UNSC that the young nation has already “landed on this Council’s agenda 70 times” and wonders why the council failed to speak with one voice to help the people of South Sudan.