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Conflict in South Sudan requires a firm and coherent international response

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Domestic and cross-border violence threatens to destabilise both South Sudan and its neighbours; the global community must act

The violence unleashed in South Sudan in recent days is a stark reminder of the formidable challenges facing the new nation.

The escalation of the conflict in Jonglei represents a serious threat to the peace and stability of South Sudan. The challenges are, however, not limited to internal conflicts. Fighting over the border with Sudan has also intensified in recent weeks in the regions of South Kordofan and Blue Nile, creating a significant refugee crisis both within South Sudan and in Ethiopia, and posing a threat to international peace and security that could make the resurgence of conflict between the two Sudans a matter for the UN security council.

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