3 August 2009

Secretary-General Condemns Killings of 161 People in Southern Sudan Attack

3 August 2009
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General condemns killings of 161 people in southern sudan attack


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General notes with extreme concern the 2 August attack in Akobo, Jonglei State, Southern Sudan, and condemns the reported killing of 161 people, including 100 women and children, 50 men and 11 Sudan People’s Liberation Army soldiers.

The Secretary-General has directed the United Nations Mission in Sudan, UNMIS, to extend all possible assistance to those affected by this heinous act and work with local authorities to restore calm.

The Secretary-General extends his condolences to the Government of Southern Sudan and the bereaved families.  He calls upon the Government of Southern Sudan to bring to justice those responsible for these events and take the necessary measures to protect civilians across Southern Sudan.

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