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South Sudan – Fighting in Upper Nile state (February 19, 2014)

France condemns the resumption of fighting on February 18 in the city of Malakal, capital of Upper Nile state in South Sudan.

It urges the parties to the conflict in South Sudan to implement without delay and in their entirety the ceasefire agreement and the agreement on the status of detainees of January 23. The political talks initiated on February 11 in Addis Ababa, under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, must continue in order to achieve a lasting solution to this conflict.

France is deeply concerned about all of the human rights violations and the humanitarian disaster affecting South Sudan since December 15. It calls for efforts to ensure the protection of the civilian populations and guarantee humanitarian access



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