The Embassy of the United States of America is deeply concerned by the high level of violence that has plagued communities across South Sudan in recent months. We echo the concerns expressed by Special Representative of the Secretary General David Shearer that, if unaddressed, heightened violence risks the achievements of the peace agreement.
In recent days, we have seen a series of concerning reports regarding mobilization by armed combatants among multiple communities in Jonglei state, risking a continuation of the series of revenge attacks that has led to hundreds of casualties and the forced displacement and abduction of civilians. We call on national and local leaders to urgently seek de-escalation and dialogue; these efforts must also reach affected communities.
Many other communities across South Sudan have recently suffered from armed group fighting. While we recognize that grievances among communities and other motivations may exist, we are deeply concerned by reports of the involvement of uniformed combatants and the reported use of weapons such as machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades in some instances.
Along with our Troika partners, we have called for the urgent resolution of impasses among transitional government parties over the appointment of state governors. Transitional government leaders from all parties have a broader responsibility to demonstrate their affirmative efforts to find solutions to violence across the country.