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In response to the visit of the United Nations Security Council to South Sudan, Oxfam's country director Tariq Riebl said:
“With the peace talks in Addis stalling, continuing violence throughout the country and a man-made food security crisis, the situation for South Sudan could not be more urgent. This visit from the United Nations Security Council comes at a key moment – and provides an opportunity to step up efforts to bring an end to the conflict, push for a lasting ceasefire, ensure humanitarian assistance reaches communities and that a foundation is built for the durable peace this country so urgently needs.
"While a lasting peace is negotiated, the protection of civilians should continue to be prioritized by the new UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). This should include improving conditions and increasing safety and security inside PoC sites, increased patrols to ensure the safety of civilians outside of the UN bases, and continued support for those who do not yet feel it is safe enough to go home. In addition, we remain concerned by obstacles to humanitarian access throughout South Sudan, including threats to humanitarian workers, as so tragically seen last week with the killing of five NGO staff in Maban. For aid to reach people in need, all parties to the conflict must allow food and other assistance to reach people safely and quickly.”
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