The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Elbio Rosselli (Uruguay):
The members of the Security Council strongly condemned the attack against the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on 3 May in Leer, South Sudan. The members of the Security Council expressed appreciation for the actions taken by UNMISS peacekeepers to repel the attack.
The members of the Security Council recalled that individuals, who, directly or indirectly, engage in attacks against United Nations missions, international security presence, or other peacekeeping operations or humanitarian personnel, may be designated for targeted sanctions.
The members of the Security Council further condemned the continued violence committed by all parties in South Sudan, including the ongoing military offensives, and called on all parties to immediately adhere to the permanent ceasefire as called for in the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan and to remove all obstacles to delivery of lifesaving humanitarian assistance.