From South Sudan, US Orders Departure of Non-Essential Personnel, Hour After UNSC Statement

UNITED NATIONS, July 10 ( -- On South Sudan less than an hour after the UN Security Council issued a Press Statement, here, the US State Department which had belatedly convened the Security Council meeting issued its own statement, including department of non-essential personnel, below. Some have asked whether the US is meeting with former Western Equatoria State governor Bakosoro and Pagan Amum, looking on its own or with the Troika for another solution; some have even mentioned the Kosovo model. Here is the US Statement:

South Sudan:  United States Demands an Immediate End to Fighting in South Sudan 

In response to ongoing violence in South Sudan, the Department of State ordered today the departure of non-emergency personnel from the U.S. Embassy in Juba.  U.S. citizens in South Sudan are advised to take precautions to enhance their personal security and should check U.S. Embassy Juba’s website for the latest consular information, including security messages and the latest Travel Warning.  The Embassy’s ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Juba is extremely limited.

The United States strongly condemns the latest outbreak of fighting in Juba today between forces aligned with President Salva Kiir Mayardit and those aligned with First Vice President Riek Machar Teny, including reports we have that civilian sites may have been attacked.  We again call on both leaders and their political allies and commanders to immediately restrain their forces from further fighting, return them to barracks, and prevent additional violence and bloodshed.  The United States is determined to ensure appropriate measures are taken to hold accountable those responsible for continuing fighting and violations of international humanitarian law, including attacks on the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and targeting of civilians.

We are in active communication with African Union and regional leaders at the most senior levels; all are working jointly to press the South Sudanese leaders and their commanders to end the fighting.  We have asked for an emergency session of the UN Security Council to address the situation.

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