This afternoon in Brussels, on the margins of the EU-Africa Summit, the Secretary-General met a delegation of the South Sudan Government.
The delegation was led by Awan Guol Riak, Minister in the Office of the President, and Barnaba Marial Benjamin, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
The Secretary-General expressed his concern about the situation in South Sudan and underlined the readiness of the United Nations to do all its power to assist efforts to end the violence, and to promote peace and reconciliation, as well as human rights and accountability. The Secretary-General stressed the paramount importance of preventing incidents of harassment against UN personnel.
The Secretary-General said he was encouraged by the message they brought from Juba stating the Government's reaffirmation of its commitment to working with the United Nations Mission in the country (UNMISS) and especially his Special Representative, Ms. Hilde Johnson.