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Pat Robert  Larubi - 27/07/2014 05:55 CDT

Juba, Central Equatoria State, Sudan

UN secretary generation has express concern over attacks by SPLA [Sudan People's Liberation Army] in Opposition forces under the command of Riek Machar on Nassir, Upper Nile State, South Sudan.

In a release by the Spokesman for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condoned the outbreak of hostilities in the region a midst intense political engagements under way to resume peace talks.

This is the first major attack since the Government and Mr. Machar recommitted to the Cessation of Hostilities agreement on 10 June 2014.

“It undermines ongoing intense regional and international political engagement towards a resumption of political negotiations and a peaceful resolution of the South Sudan conflict: Ban said.

He called on Machar to cease immediately all offensive operations on Nassir and other points, and on the Government of South Sudan to desist from launching a counter-offensive.

As he cautioned them to remember their obligations under the international humanitarian law

He warns the SPLM [Sudan People's Liberation Movement] in Opposition leadership of the consequences should any innocent civilian or United Nations peacekeepers come under harm from their forces.

“Both parties should stop the violence immediately, reconvene political negotiations and demonstrate the political will necessary to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict” the release noted