South Sudan

Vice President, UN boss meet over Jonglei insecurity

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The Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, Riek Machar Teny and the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) to South Sudan, Hilde F. Johnson on Monday met for a briefing over the recurrent inter-communal revenge attacks in Jonglei State.

In press Statement issued from the Vice President's office, Johnson expressed deep concerns over the suspected Murle youth attacks on Lou Nuer communities, the latest being Friday when 13 people were killed.

The Murle armed youth have been accused by the local authorities of Uror and Akobo of carrying out retaliatory attacks on their villages mainly occupied by the Lou Nuer in which over 50 people have been killed.

Machar and Johnson discussed proposed plans to deploy more forces, including additional United Nations troops, throughout Jonglei State in an effort to deter futher attacks.

The VP and SRSG also discussed reconcilliation efforts between the two tribes, and the drafting of a new constitution which is set to get underway.