Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on South Sudan

By United Nations - Office of the Spokesperson of the

NEW YORK, October 31, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The Secretary-General strongly condemns the resumption of hostilities between the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) and Opposition forces in Bentiu and Rubkona in Unity State, South Sudan. This resumption of hostilities is yet again a serious violation of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement and undermines the ongoing IGAD efforts to find a political solution to the conflict in South Sudan.

The Secretary-General calls upon President Salva Kiir and Dr. Riek Machar to cease immediately all military operations and reminds them of their obligation to protect civilians and respect international humanitarian law.

The Secretary-General reminds all parties of the inviolability of all UN premises, including UNMISS Protection of Civilians sites, where the Mission is currently protecting some 100,000 displaced civilians country-wide--49,000 of them in Bentiu alone.

The Secretary-General also urges both parties to participate constructively in the on-going political negotiations in Addis Ababa and reach urgently an agreement on inclusive and comprehensive transitional arrangements.