NEW YORK, January 3, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Secretary-General spoke with the President of South Sudan, H.E. Salva Kiir, by telephone today and expressed appreciation for his commitment to protect civilians while exerting efforts to resolve through dialogue ongoing tensions between the Lou Nuer youth and Murle in Jonglei State.
In this regard, the Secretary-General noted that the commitment to the rule of law and respect for human rights was fundamental. He said it was also important to address the root causes of the conflict.
The President was informed that the UN Mission in South Sudan, UNMISS, is fully mobilized to assist the Government in its efforts to ease tensions.
New York, 2 January 2012